City Launches $6.5 Million Nonprofit Supportive Housing Grant Pool

Published on June 16, 2023

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 16, 2023) – The City of Charlotte will issue $6.5 million in one-time, ARPA-funded grants to support the project and/or programmatic costs of local non-profit agencies seeking to advance housing solutions for individuals or families that have been disparately impact due to COVID-19. The Nonprofit Supportive Housing Grants will assist nonprofits that serve residents who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or facing housing instability.

Project and programs covered under this grant include:  
  • Affordable multifamily rental housing, including new or natural occurring affordable housing developments
    • Units should serve those earning 80% or below the area median income (AMI).
    • At least 20% of the available units must service households at 30% AMI level.
    • Developments must remain affordable for at least 20 years.     
  • Affordable homeownership, including new construction of single-family homes or townhomes
    • Homes should be available for residents earning 80% and below the AMI.
    • Homes must remain affordable for at least 15 years.
    • Projects are required to include a shared appreciation model (allowing the buyer to generate equity) or community land trust model (enabling permanent affordability).
  • Supportive housing developments
    •  This includes special needs housing, i.e., housing for seniors, homeless residents, people with disabilities.
    • Applicants are required to have applied or commit to apply for financing via the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency Supportive Housing Development Program
  • Temporary emergency housing or non-congregate shelter
    •  These units must be for individuals or families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Supportive services for those seeking and/or maintaining housing
    • This may include housing case management, housing search and counseling, employment assistance and job training, mental health services, etc.

Nonprofits may submit applications for grants up to $2.5 million. Applications open June 15 and close July 14. A virtual application workshop will take place June 22 to assist nonprofits and provide a Q&A session. Organizations should register in advance for this workshop, and a recording will be made available online.

Nonprofits will be notified of their application status in late Summer 2023.

To be eligible for this grant, organizations must:

  • Be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and have a current IRS Form 990 document.
  • Have at least one full-time staff person and an operating board of directors.
  • Have been operating in Charlotte for at least one year.
  • Have an operating budget of at least $250,000.
  • Have reported total annual revenue less than $7.5 million in the most recent fiscal year or have been founded between two and ten years ago.
  • Be able to demonstrate that the project/programming associated with the funding request will be in service of individuals/communities that have borne a disparate impact due to COVID-19.
  • Be registered with and have a UEI number. To learn more and submit an application, visit the city’s Nonprofit Supportive Housing Grants portal.