FY2016 Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF)

The Division of Housing and Community Development is accepting applications for their competitive grant programs available through the Strategic Community Investment Fund. Applicants may download copies of applications directly beneath the descriptions of the program. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 5, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. at 701 N. Main, Memphis, TN 38107.

The Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) applies a community-based approach to HCD's programs that require organizations and agencies to submit competitive applications for funding.

Funds available on a competitive basis are awarded to eligible nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based, and other organizations to implement community and economic development programs. The funds through this process are primarily available for programs that benefit low and moderate income persons of Memphis as defined by HUD's income criteria (see Appendices A and B in the agency profile) . In order to assist organizations that apply for these programs, HCD has adapted its competitive grant processes through the Strategic Community Investment Funds (SCIF), modeled after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's SuperNOFA program.

General descriptions for all of the programs available under the SCIF process are listed below. Each program application is available for downloading with more specific information about the amount and type of funding available for that particular program.

This instruction packet for the SCIF process is meant to summarize the programs available under the SCIF and the submission requirements for the Agency Profile Application. The Agency Profile Application includes Exhibits I, II, and III and requires information from applicants about their agency/organization. Applicants are required to submit one Agency Profile Application for each SCIF program for which they are requesting funds. The instruction and application packets for each individual program provide specific information about individual program requirements. The SCIF process does not affect the specific Federal and local statutory and regulatory requirements of projects awarded funds through HCD.

Download the Agency Profile/Instruction Packet

Emergency Shelter Grant Program

The Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program is a competitive funding process open to organizations that serve homeless populations. The ESG program is specifically designed for rehabilitating and/or converting existing emergency and transitional shelters; to provide adequate operating funds for existing or new emergency and transitional shelters; to provide certain essential services to homeless individuals; and provide funding for programs and activities designed to prevent homelessness. The maximum amount that an organization may apply for is $50,000.00.

Download Emergency Solutions Grant Application

Community Housing Development Organization Program

Funds for this fiscal year will only be awarded to organizations that have already been designated as Community Housing Development Organizations.

The Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private nonprofit, community-based organization whose primary purpose is to provide decent, affordable housing (this must be evidenced in the Charter, Articles of Incorporation by-laws, or board resolution) for the community it serves. CHDOs receive certification from the City of Memphis and must be organized under state and local law; have no individual benefit to members; have a clearly defined geographic service area; have nonprofit status; at least one-third of the board members must represent the community it serves; and demonstrate at least one year of experience in serving its community.

The activities that CHDOs may apply for under the competitive process are acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing and/or rehabilitation of homebuyer properties; and also direct financial assistance to purchasers of CHDO-developed housing.

Download The CHDO Single Family Application

Download The CHDO Multi-Family/Rental Application

Download the CHDO Financing Application

Download the Proforma

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

The City's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Grant Program provides assistance to low-income individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their family members living with them. The program is part of the City’s strategy to provide housing and supportive services to low-income members of special needs populations.

The Program is funded with Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) entitlement funds annually awarded to the City by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As such all activities must comply with applicable HOPWA regulations, which are found in 24 CFR 574. The program is designed to:

  • increase the availability of decent, safe and affordable housing for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS
  • serve persons with HIV/AIDS living in Fayette, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee, DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi, and Crittenden County, Arkansas
  • create and maintain a continuum of affordable housing assistance programs to prevent homelessness, serve the homeless, and provide other permanent housing opportunities and related supportive services for HOPWA-eligible clients
  • work primarily with existing housing resources
  • provide services based on need since this is not an entitlement - and
  • provide one year of funding for approved projects


Download the HOPWA Application

Tenant Based Rental Assistance

Tenant Based Rental Assistance funds are available on a competitive basis for Nonprofit agencies that serve the homeless, those are imminent risk of homelessness and/or special needs populations with income. TBRA pays up to 2 years of rental assistance and utilities. (Program participants are required to pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent and to pay a portion of the monthly utilities.) All program participants must have income at or below 60% of the median for Memphis and be homeless, at imminent risk of homelessness or a member of a special needs population (physically, mentally or developmentally disabled; recovering from substance abuse addiction; the elderly or a victim of domestic violence). The $600,000 available in HOME funds will provide two years of rental assistance (at an average of $475 per month) for approximately 45 to 50 households. No grants will be made for programs serving less than 10 households. A lump sum operating award will be made with each TBRA contract for 30% of the total grant award (not to be less than $60,000 for the entire contract period.)

Download the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Application

Community Service Grant Program

The City's Community Service Grant (CSG) Program seeks to improve the quality of life of low and moderate-income citizens through the provision of social services by nonprofit agencies. These citizens include youth, the homeless and special needs populations that include persons with HIV/AIDS, a mental illness, the elderly, chronic substance abusers, persons with developmental and/or physical disabilities, and victims of domestic violence. The CSG Program provides funding for projects that will help enhance the lives of these individuals.

Download the Community Services Grant Application

Deadline for all FY2016 SCIF Applications

Completed applications must be submitted to the address specified below no later than Friday, December 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm. Applications MAY NOT be sent by FAX, mail or email. However, they may be delivered on or before December 5th. Applications hand carried will be accepted between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on city work days; on the due date Friday, December 5, 2014 until 4:30 pm.

Applications must be submitted to:

City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development

ATTN: SCIF

701 North Main Street

Memphis, TN 38107

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED
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