HUD’s Office of Native American Programs: FY 2020 IHBG-Competitive Grant Program: Corrections & Trainings; Jobs; Census Updates

Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
WASHINGTON, DC 20410-5000

September 10, 2020

Dear Tribal Leader:

On August 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program. This NOFA announced the availability of approximately $91 million for competitive grants to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). Applicants have until 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 10, 2020, to submit applications. For further information about this funding opportunity, please visit https://www.grants.gov/ and https://www.hud.gov/codetalk.

This letter is to inform you of two important updates that have occurred since this NOFA was published: 1) The application package for this NOFA has been corrected, and 2) HUD has scheduled two training sessions on this funding opportunity.

Corrected Application Package

 The initial Grants.gov posting of the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program NOFA contained an omission error regarding the Certification for Opportunity Zone (OZ) Preference Points. The application package, via correction, now includes the OZ Certification form for applicants to download. Also, for any applicants that started the application process, the OZ Certification form has been removed from the downloadable instructions zip file. All applicants should download a new application package to ensure you are accessing the most recent, updated materials. For further information and to view the changes, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328626.


Training Sessions

HUD will host two training sessions via webinar for eligible applicants on the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program NOFA. These sessions are being offered to provide multiple opportunities for potential applicants to attend and ask questions. One session will be held September 21st-24th from 12:30-5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and the other session will be held September 29th-October 2nd from 12:30-5:00 p.m. EDT.

 

To participate in the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program training webinars, please complete the following steps for each date of each session:

 Session One, September 21st-24th

Session 1, Day 1, 9/21/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 2273188#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832005

 

Session 1, Day 2, 9/22/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 4990790#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832006

 

Session 1, Day 3, 9/23/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 1624736#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832007

 

Session 1, Day 4, 9/24/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 8086522#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832008

 

Session Two, September 29th-October 2nd

Session 2, Day 1, 9/29/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 6181181#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832010

 

Session 2, Day 2, 9/30/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 6317471#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832014.

 

Session 2, Day 3, 10/1/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 2472603#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832012

 

Session 2, Day 4, 10/2/2020, at 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Step 1: Dial-in using 1-888-251-2949 or 1-215-861-0694 with Access Code 5692144#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer at https://ems8.intellor.com/login/832013

When accessing the entry links for the training sessions, you will have two options: 1) install the WebEx plug-ins for your preferred browsers or 2) join the webinar using temporary paths. Either option is acceptable.

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) will post NOFA training materials on the Codetalk page, including these details on the training sessions, recorded trainings, Frequently Asked Questions, and more. Interested applicants are encouraged to continue checking Codetalk for updates.

This is an exciting opportunity to fund critical affordable housing projects in your communities. I strongly encourage you to apply, and to take advantage of these training sessions. If you have questions about the NOFA, please contact IHBGCompetitiveProgram@hud.gov or your ONAP Area Office.

Thank you for your interest in the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program and for your continued partnership and collaboration in serving Indian Country.

Sincerely,

Heidi J. Frechette

Heidi J. Frechette
Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Native American Programs

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NEW! Dear Tribal Leader Letter – Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)-Competitive Grant Program: 1) Corrected Application Package and 2) Training Sessions

The initial Grants.gov posting of the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program NOFA contained an omission error regarding the Certification for Opportunity Zone (OZ) Preference Points. The application package, via correction, now includes the OZ Certification form for applicants to download. Also, for any applicants that started the application process, the OZ Certification form has been removed from the downloadable instructions zip file. All applicants should download a new application package to ensure you are accessing the most recent, updated materials. For further info. and to view the changes, please visit  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328626

HUD will host two training sessions via webinar for eligible applicants on the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program NOFA. These sessions are being offered to provide multiple opportunities for potential applicants to attend and ask questions. One session will be held September 21st-24th from 12:30-5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and the other session will be held September 29th-October 2nd from 12:30-5:00 p.m. EDT.


Vacancy Announcement – Grants Management Specialist, GS-13, Honolulu, HI

Open: September 9, 2020     Closes: September 28, 2020

As a Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, you will:

  • Implement policies, program standards, procedures and guidelines (e.g. for use by program recipients and lenders) in response to the unique problems and issues related to Hawaiian Home Lands and other Native Hawaiian programs.
  • Formulate guidelines and provide technical advice, guidance, and interpretation of complex policies and procedures regarding the Native Hawaiian loan guarantee programs to program participants, the financial community, and other entities.

·        Respond to inquiries from program participants, identify technical assistance needs, and develop tailored packages (e.g. training packages such as handouts, PowerPoint, samples of completed forms etc.) to address those needs.

·        Respond to inquiries, both written and oral, from members of Congress, public and private interest groups, NHHBG recipients, mortgagors, the financial community as well as GAO reports and IG inquiries regarding the Native Hawaiian program policies and procedures.


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS-9/11/12Anchorage, AK

Open: September 2, 2020    Closes: September 17, 2020

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • Participate in the preparation of cost estimates, statements of work, reporting requirements, proposal instructions and evaluation criteria.
  • Conduct market research and provide advice on any matters concerning solicitation and the reasonable need for proposed costs.
  • Primarily responsible for managing relationships with participating tribally designated housing entities (TDHE), Indian tribes, and others involved in the administration of all applicable programs.

Apply Here


FY2022 Census Challenges

If you disagree with the Census data, you may wish to submit a Census challenge no later than March 30, 2021 for the FY 2022 IHBG allocation. If so, please review the guidelines in “Challenging U.S. Census Data: Guidelines for the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula.” These guidelines can be found here:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/4119Census.pdf.

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