Community Enhancement Program

Grants for Non-profits

Last updated Mar. 13, 2017 - 3:29 pm
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The City of Raleigh Community Enhancement Grant program awards funds annually through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process. The grant program is designed to fund public services that support neighborhood improvements or innovative services for low- and moderate-income persons and neighborhoods. No program will be awarded funds more than two years in a row. Because federal funds are used to support the Community Enhancement Program, agencies must have the capacity to meet federal requirements if awarded a grant.

The grant program is funded through the City’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The primary objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments and economic development opportunities, principally to low- and moderate-income residents.

Community Enhancement Grant Cycle

The annual grant cycle is similar each year and generally follows this sequence:

  1. November: Request for Proposals made public.
  2. December: Mandatory workshops are held for any agency wishing to apply.
  3. January: Proposals are due.
  4. January-March: Review Committee reviews and scores proposals.
  5. March/April: Review Committee makes public as part of the Annual Action Plan process recommendations for funding.
  6. May: City Council makes final decision on funding.
  7. July 1—June 30: Contract period for awarded grants.


If you are interested being notified when the next RFP is made public, please subscribe to Community Development News on MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

Please contact George Adler at 919-996-6963 for more information.

Grant Distribution

As part of its neighborhood revitalization strategies, the Department supports new or expanded services provided by nonprofit organizations to low-income residents or other populations such as seniors, abused children, battered spouses, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, or migrant farm workers. Funds are distributed in an annual competition. Raleigh also provides funding for homeownership training and to allow police officers to reside in high-crime areas to aid in community policing.

The Community Enhancement Grant is given each year to nonprofit and faith-based organizations to build human capacity within blighted or low- and moderate-income areas. Funds for this program are given through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Applicants are judged based on the soundness of the program proposal, fiscal responsibility of the organization, the mission and track record of the organization, and other program requirements.

Developer/Investor Programs

If your organization is interested in producing and maintaining quality affordable rental housing for low-income households, the City may be a partner to consider.

Please email Aimee Holtsclaw or call 919-996-4330 to be added to the RFP mailing list or for more information about these programs.

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