Community Development Grants

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Community development grants are typically awarded to communities for building and renovation projects that improve housing and public service facilities for low to moderate income people. Community development grants from the federal government are awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Helping more low- and moderate-income Americans become homeowners is a national priority. While HUD does not offer direct community development grants or loans to individuals, they do work through local governments and non-profit organizations to make financial assistance and counseling available.

Private foundations and trusts, as well as corporate foundations and trusts all award community development grants as well, and like HUD, they do not offer direct grants to individuals. There are over 2,000 private foundations in the United States that give community development grants with total giving that ranges from $462 million to less than $100,000. The Lilly Endowment, Ford Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, New York Community Trust, Moody Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Wal-Mart Foundation lead the pack in total giving of more than $100,000,000 each.

The Moody Foundation in Texas granted $100,681,754 in community development grants to Moody Gardens for building and renovation to expand its convention center and hotel. The Lilly Endowment, Inc. of Indiana granted $6,175,500 in 2000 to the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership for a matching grant for continued support to administer homeownership development, community development grants support and special counseling.

To learn how to write successful community development grants attend one of our USGG Win More Grants Certificate Course workshops in a city near you or attend Grant Writing as a Career Certificate Course. In her grant writing training courses, Santicola shares the secrets to her success in writing community development grants and provides participants with samples of many of her award-winning grant proposals. In the workshops, she shares stories of unique and creative proposals that generated over $3 million in K-12 educational grants in just three years. With one project that taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to build computers in less than 30 minutes and one after-school program that involved students in revitalizing a downtown business district, these stories will help participants learn how to start thinking “outside the box” and develop one-of-a-kind projects for whatever target population they serve. Each participant that attends a USGG Workshop receives a list of 115 places to research grants in their field of interest.

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