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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Application Process

Contracts for Federally funded programs will be for a twelve-month periods effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

2016 NOFA is available August 19, 2016 through September 23, 2016.

The 2015-2016 application deadline for ESG, SESG & HOPWA December 21, 2015. The 2015 funding application is posted on this website.

Click on arrows on the right to get more information on each step listed below.

Funding Application Process:

1. Notice of Funding Availability Issued

The City of New Orleans, through the Office of Community Development (OCD), announces the availability of funds to Community-based, For Profit, Not-for-Profit and Faith-based organizations that implement programs and/or projects addressing affordable housing development and preservation goals outlined in the Housing for a Resilient New Orleansplan.

Organizations interested in applying for the 2016 Affordable Housing NOFA are required to complete the Registry of Community Organizations & NOFA Application processes. The NOFA application process is a competitive Request for Proposals process that establishes the criteria for awarding funds from the following funding sources:

  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund (NHIF)

Preservation of Affordable Housing - Approximately $2.9 million available for the three owner occupied programs identified below:

  1. Substantial Rehabilitation Program
  2. Aging-in-Place Program
  3. Health and Safety Program

DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING - Approximately $5.1 million available for the three development programs identified below:

  1. Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Affordable Housing Program
  2. Bywater Vacant Scattered Site Properties (limited to developers awarded under HANO RFP)
  3. Lower Ninth Ward Development Initiative (limited to developers awarded under NORA RFP)

Release Date:         Friday, August 19, 2016      

A Registry of Community Organizations application packet will also be available to ensure all applicants applying for funding meet minimum eligibility requirements to receive federal and state grants through OCD.

Deadline Date:    Friday, September 23, 2016

The NOFA and Registry applications will not be accepted after 3:00pm. These deadlines are firm as to date and hour.


Application Submission Information

Application packets are available in MS Word format from the Office of Community Development, and are posted online.  All applications must be complete in order to be considered for review.  Unless an exhibit is labeled “if applicable,” you must submit all required exhibits.  Proposals must be complete at the time of submission.  No addenda will be accepted after the deadline date for submission of proposals unless specifically requested by the Review Panel.

All applications must be completed using the forms supplied with this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  When replying to questions on the applications, please use a 12 point font size to facilitate reading by scorers.  The Office of Community Development will not make copies of any applications

An electronic copy in PDF format is also required: emailed to and with the same hardcopy applicable dates.  Applications will not be accepted in any other format.  Any applications submitted after this date and time will not be considered.

Proposals must be complete at the time of submission.  No addenda will be accepted after the deadline date for submission of proposals

3. Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the Office of Community Development to ensure the two step application process meet the following requirements:

  • the Registered Organization meet minimum eligibility requirements to receive federal and state grant funds through Office of Community Development. 
  • Applicant organizations must be a Legal Business
  • Possess a U.S Federal Tax Identification (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN)

  • Organizations are in compliance with applicable civil laws and Executive Orders regarding fair housing and equal opportunity.

4. Application Scoring

All NOFA Applications are scored against a standard set of criteria.

The following core selection criteria apply to the continuum of care components of the NOFA:

  1. Needs Assessment & Target Population
  2. Agency Background and Experience
  3. Coordination and Collaboration
  4. Approach to Providing Services
  5. Financial

The following core selection criteria apply to the Affordable Housing NOFA:

Outcomes: Activities that advance the goals and direction of the Office of Community Development.

(1)  Activity provides Permanent Supportive Housing  (%units)                  15 Points

(2)  Proposed DBE Participation and Section 3 Exceeds Minimum Goals      15 Points

(3)  Support from Community Residents for the Proposed Project               5 Points

Fundamentals: The viability of the project, the capacity of the organization and prior contract performance.(4)        Total Cost per Unit                                                                       15 Points

(5)        Project Feasibility                                                                         25 Points

(6)        Readiness to Proceed                                                                     10 Points

Leveraging: The use of other financial resources to support the City funds invested.

(7)        Leverage Ratio                                                                              10 Points

(8)        Match                                                                                            5 Points


5. When Applicable, Currently/Previously Funded Agencies Evaluated

Currently funded agencies or agencies who have received prior funding will also be evaluated on past performance in carrying out programmatic activities and contractual compliance.  Factors considered will include:

  • agency ability to meet service delivery goals
  • timely expenditure of funds
  • timely reporting
  • accuracy of reporting
  • ability to meet audit requirements
  • attendance at meetings


6. Notification Letter

The City of New Orleans will notify conditionally-selected applicants in writing.  Notification of award is not a guarantee of funding.  Award letters will include conditions of award that must be met prior to the receipt of funding.

As necessary, the Office of Community Development will request conditionally-selected applicants to submit additional project information. Applicants will also be notified of the deadline for submission of such requested information.  If an applicant is unable to meet any condition of grant award within the specified time frame, the City of New Orleans reserves the right to rescind the notice of award and to use available funds for other applicable programs

7. Reports Required from Funded Agencies

Awardees who have gone through the funding application process and received conditional awarding of monies will be required to submit the following reports

  • Monthly Programmatic Services/Direct Benefit Reports
  • Monthly Program Income Reports (as applicable)
  • Monthly Cost Control Statements
  • Section 3 Reports
  • Contractor/Subcontractor Activity Reports
  • Report of Matching Funds
  • Annual Reports
  • Other – Reports as Requested by OCD

Reports must be submitted with the required level of detail in a timely manner.  Reporting requirements must be strictly followed.  Failure to comply may result in the discontinuation of funding and/or the termination of contracts.

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Last updated: 8/22/2016 5:18:41 PM

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