Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program

Rural Capacity Building Program Summary

Through the funding of national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building Program enhances the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural Community Development Corporations (CDCs), and rural Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.


Eligible Activities

Funds may be used to provide the following activities:

  • Technical assistance, training, support, and advice to develop the business and administrative capabilities of rural community-based housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes
  • Loans, grants, or other financial assistance to rural community-based housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, and local governments in addition to Indian tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities for low- and moderate-income families and persons, including the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing for low-income families and persons, and community and economic development activities that create jobs for low-income persons
  • Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee.

Additional Information

The Office of Policy Development and Coordination in HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development administers the competition.

For information, contact capacitybuilding@hud.gov.


Rural Beneficiary Mapping Tool

In the FY 2018 NOFA the definition of rural area was updated. For the grant program, a rural area is a statistical geographic entity delineated by the Census Bureau that does not meet the definition of an urbanized area. An urbanized area is a statistical geographic entity delineated by the Census Bureau, consisting of densely settled census tracts and blocks and adjacent densely settled territory that together contain at least 50,000 people. As of the 2010 decennial census, the United States contained 486 urbanized areas with an additional 11 in Puerto Rico. For more information about urbanized areas, including maps, FAQs, and reference manuals, please refer to the Census Bureau website. To demonstrate that a beneficiary complies with the rural area requirement, grantees will be expected to implement a review process to confirm that the proposed rural beneficiary is physically located within an eligible rural area or, as a result of capacity building grant assistance, will be commencing or expanding service in an eligible rural area. HUD has created the embedded mapping tool for capacity building grantees to utilize in assessing a beneficiary’s compliance with the rural area definition.