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Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) - Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI)

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations for Projects to
Ensure Just Housing During the Coronavirus Crisis

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)

Deadline Date:

08/18/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit fair housing organizations for activities that ensure just housing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Applicants are advised that required registrations can take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects to address fair housing inquiries and complaints, to conduct investigations and education and outreach activities, and to assist with costs of delivering or adapting services during or relating to the pandemic.

The American Rescue Plan: Fair Housing Initiatives Program-Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) Component invites applications from eligible PEI organizations seeking support for fair housing enforcement activities that are connected to or adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Through this funding opportunity, HUD will award grants to Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHO) and Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHO) to help them continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department encourages projects that reflect on the organization’s quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society.  The Department especially welcomes projects that ensure victims of housing discrimination who have been hit the hardest during or relating to the coronavirus pandemic are provided with the resources and support they need to emerge from the pandemic stronger. Funds can be used by fair housing organizations to equitably expand housing activities for underserved populations who need their services the most, including victims or complainants from low-income backgrounds, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities and other members of minority groups as well as people experiencing or on the verge of housing instability or homelessness, including those that may face possible displacement due to the end of the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, senior citizens and people with disabilities who are trying to leave the heightened risk of coronavirus associated with institutions or congregate settings, and people with inadequate access to technology.

Eligible Activities:

Funds may be used to address pandemic-related fair housing issues as well as the many impacts during or relating to the coronavirus pandemic on fair housing organizations, including, but not limited to the following eligible activities:

  •  Investing in resources to implement the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) operational strategy for in-person and/or remote operations to keep staff and the public safe; improving ventilation, purchasing protective equipment (PPE), and obtaining additional space to ensure social distancing in physical locations; voiding layoffs and hiring additional staff to address service needs, providing support to the public including complainants and existing staff, and providing sufficient staff to facilitate social distancing while addressing an increase in persons contacting the agency;
  • Equitably expand housing opportunities for underserved populations and unserved communities who need these fair housing services the most because of the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Hiring additional personnel, such as custodial staff, to keep the office safe and healthy;
  • Providing for social distancing and safety protocols on public transportation to carry out enforcement-related activities;
  • Funding for Wi-Fi hotspots and other technological support and devices for staff without connectivity for remote working and supporting staff in the effective use of technology;
  • Costs associated with providing reasonable accommodations for employees and members of the public with disabilities engaged or associated with the organization;
  • Advocacy and support to assist individuals with disabilities who wish to leave or are at risk of entering institutional settings to return to or remain in community-based settings; and
  • Conducting intake, testing, investigation, mediation and litiigation activities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171997

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Award Amount: $ 75,000 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $ 350,000 Per Project Period

Applicants may apply for an amount based on the total operating costs for an average of the three most recently completed fiscal years as follows:
- Level I. Organizations with an average annual operating budget of less than $500,000 may request up to $75,000.
- Level II. Organizations with an average annual operating budget of between $500,000 and $700,000 may request up to $125,000.
- Level III. Organizations with an average annual operating budget of greater than $700,000 may request up to $350,000.

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 10/28/2021
- Estimated Project End Date: 10/28/2023
- Length of Project Periods: 24-month project period and budget period

The period of performance is 24 months. Obligations should be made within six months of notice of award and all grants expended in the specified agreed upon timeframe(s) established in negotiations. However, expenditures should be no more than 24 months from award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Under this NOFO, an eligible applicant must be:
(1) A Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHO) with at least two years of experience in complaint intake, complaint investigation, testing for fair housing violations, and enforcement related experience and meritorious claims in the three years prior to filing this application; or
(2) A Fair Housing Enforcement Organization (FHO) with at least one year of experience in the enforcement-related activities listed above in the two years prior to the filing of the application.

If the applicant is neither a QFHO nor FHO with the requisite experience, the organization is ineligible. Both FHOs and QFHOs must currently conduct these enforcement activities and operate a full- service program.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prior to the application deadline date to be eligible for funding.

HUD does not award grants to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard time on 08/18/2021. Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

If you cannot submit your application electronically via, you must ask in writing for a waiver of the electronic grant submission requirements. A paper copy application must be received by HUD in room 5222B no later than 4:30 pm eastern time on the application deadline date.

Required registrations:
1. SAM Registration Requirement. Applicants must be registered with before submitting their application. Applicants must maintain current information in SAM on immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded a Federal contract or grant within the last three years, if applicable. Information in SAM must be current for all times during which the applicant has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. DUNS Number Requirement. Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.
3. Requirement to Register with Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the E-Biz POC in SAM to submit applications for the organization. Registration for SAM and is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot apply through Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided on

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FR-6500-N-78-C, OMB 2529-0033

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