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HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing (PIH)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #159643

Grant Description

Grants to USA and territories city, county, township, and special district governments to renovate traditional or historic Main Street areas or business districts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for small communities with populations of 50,000 or less.

The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to communities smaller than 50,000 in population to assist in the renovation of a historic, traditional central business district, or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The obsolete building space property may be publicly or privately owned. Eligible applicants are county governments, city or township governments, and special district governments. The local government whose jurisdiction includes the Main Street area is the only entity that is eligible to receive an award. 

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas);
  • Preserve historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units;
  • Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and
  • Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas.

Main Street Grant funds may be expended on the following activities:

  1. Reconfiguration of commercial property, major rehabilitation of units that are not currently habitable or new construction to provide affordable rental or homeownership housing located within the Main Street Area.
  2. Acquisition of land or property for the purpose of developing, reconfiguring, or rehabilitating commercial space or non-habitable housing units into affordable housing in the Project.
  3. Long-term lease or transfer of Project title specifically for the purposes of obtaining tax credits or implementation of extended use restrictions, provided that the recipient owner entity of the title or lease includes the applicant.
  4. Architectural or engineering activities, surveys, permits, and other planning and implementation costs related to the construction and rehabilitation of the Project.
  5. Tax credit syndication activities.
  6. Costs arising from the relocation of persons as a direct result of acquisition, demolition, or rehabilitation of real property for the Project.
  7. Manage improvements necessary for the proper development and management of the Project.
  8. Leveraging non-HOPE VI funds and in-kind services.
  9. Community and Supportive Services.
  10. Costs connected with the sale of homeownership (marketing, sales commissions) housing units within the Project.
  11. Section 3 activities delineated in the Section 3 Final Rule.

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  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Eligible applicants under this NOFO are limited to Units of General Local Government, defined as any city, town, township, village, county, parish, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state or territory, such as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands. It does not include Native American governments, Tribally Designated Housing Entities or Public Housing Agencies.

2. The Local Government must:
a. Have a population of 50,000 or less; and
b. Not be served by a local or county/parish Public Housing Agency (PHA) that administers more than 100 physical public housing units within the local government’s jurisdiction. Such units exclude Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher subsidized units.

3. Joint applications are not permitted. However, an applicant can enter into subaward agreements (or contracts) with not-for-profit organizations and State or local governments.

4. The applicant can also enter into contracts with for-profit entities, such as a private property owner or for-profit partnership created for tax credit purposes. The Local Government grantee and any sub-awardees are subject to 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards when procuring supplies or services.

5. The applicant can only apply for funding to support one project in one undivided Main Street Area. The Project may include several buildings.

For this NOFO, HUD does not award grants to individuals, private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, for profit organizations, and small businesses.

For threshold eligibility requirements, see

For ineligible grant activities, see

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard time on 01/31/2023.

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

Required Registrations:
- Applicants must be registered with before submitting their application.
- Applicants must provide a valid UEI, registered and active at / in the application.
- 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.

Grantee must supplement the aggregate amount of assistance provided under the Grant with an amount of funds from sources other than HOPE VI funds equal to (not less than) 5 percent of the requested grant amount; and such match funds must be used only for carrying out eligible affordable housing activities that relate to the Main Street affordable housing project.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 2 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- There is no minimum amount.
- Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 04/01/2023
- Estimated Project End Date: 04/01/2027

The start date for the grant, i.e., the above project period, is the date that the Award Notice Letter is executed by HUD. The end of the project period is 48 months after the date of the Award Notice Letter.

Contact Information:

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to:

Susan A. Wilson
Phone: 202-402-4500

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW, Room 4130
Washington, DC 20410 Customer Support:

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