Program Description

Provides grants to qualified organizations to help them carry out local self-help housing construction projects. Grant recipients supervise groups of very-low- and low-income individuals and families as they construct their own homes in rural areas. The group members provide most of the construction labor on each other's homes, with technical assistance from the organization overseeing the project.

General Program Requirements

Who may apply for this program?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Government non-profit organizations
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Private non-profit organizations
What is an eligible area?

Applicants can check eligible areas at eligible addresses.

How may funds be used?
  • Provide technical and supervisory assistance to participating families
  • Help other organizations provide self-help technical and supervisory assistance
  • Recruit families, help them complete loan applications and carry out other related
  • activities that enable them to participate
Funds MAY NOT be used to:
  • Hire people to perform construction work for participants
  • Buy real estate, building materials or other property
  • Pay debts, expenses or costs for the participants
  • Pay for employee training
  • Pay other indirect costs. Contact your local office for details

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

How do we get started?
Applications for this program are accepted through our local offices year round.

Who can answer questions?
Contact your local office. http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices

Program Contact Information

Tedd Buelow
Native American Coordinator
Tedd.Buelow@usda.gov
720-544-2911
http://www.rd.usda.gov/

Additional Information

Length of ProgramAnnual Appropriation
Tribes Funded by this ProgramNo limits on American Indian and Alaska Native tribes or tribal organizations receiving funding
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)840 Families Served in Fiscal Year 2015
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.42
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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