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Housing Study Grant Program
Evaluation Criteria

The following sets forth the general criteria to be considered by NIFA in reviewing Applications for Housing Study Grants and the eligible points for each category. Applications that do not meet all threshold requirements are not eligible for a Housing Study Grant award.


1. Matching Cash Requirement:


    A. Housing Study:


    More than 50% cash match - 20 points
    At least 50% cash match - 10 points
    Less than 50% cash match Does not meet threshold


    B. Housing Study as part of a Comprehensive Plan:


    More than 70% cash match - 20 points
    At least 70% cash match - 10 points
    Less than 70% cash match Does not meet threshold



2. Evidence of Public Planning Process:


    Detailed description of a community-based public planning process - 20 points
    Incomplete or inadequate description of public planning process - 0 points



3. Evidence of Need:


    Proposed study meets identified needs not met by other entities in the community - 20 points
    No apparent evidence of need - 0 points



4. Community Coordination:


    Evidence of coordination with other programs, organizations, and governmental agencies - 20 points
    No evidence of community coordination - 0 points



5. Letters of Support:


    At least 3 letters of support, addressed to NIFA, including one from a local governing jurisdiction included in the housing study area - 10 points

    At least 3 letters of support addressed to NIFA, none of which are from a local governing jurisdiction located within the housing study area- 5 points

    Less than three letters of support addressed to NIFA Does not meet threshold



6. Previous Experience:


    Applicant provides evidence of a demonstrated record of prior experience in community or housing development - 10 points

    Applicant does not provide evidence of a demonstrated record of experience in community or housing development - 0 points



7. Place-Based Development Elements


    Evidence that place-based development concepts will be identified and addressed as part of the study 10 points

    No evidence that place-based development concepts will be identified and addressed 0 points



Note: NIFA reserves the right to award incremental points for any of the above criteria at its sole and absolute discretion.


Total Possible Points = 110



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