NeighborWorks America Grant Program

As a congressionally chartered, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America promotes reinvestment by financially supporting more than 245 place-based organizations and providing technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts. In fiscal year 2016, NeighborWorks network members reported more than $7 billion of investment in their communities. They also calculated that every $1 of federal appropriation attracted another $91 that expanded the local impact.

Purpose: NeighborWorks grants assist organizations working to revitalize rural, urban, and suburban communities and secure access to affordable housing.

Eligible Uses: NeighborWorks grants are intended to help build strong, resilient communities by providing people with opportunities to live in safe, healthy, and affordable housing.

Potential Adaptation Uses: Due to NeighborWorks’ comprehensive approach to affordable housing and community development, member organizations could leverage funding to support adaptation efforts.  Neighborworks focus areas also include energy efficiency, solar power, and long-term disaster recovery. For example, after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast in 2005 and 2008, NeighborWorks provided grants and investments through network members and other frontline organizations for rebuilding and rehabilitation. They also provided training and guidance on preparedness, planning, recovery, and financial counseling. While NeighborWorks does not frame these activities in terms of climate change, they support adaptation goals.

Eligible Grantees: More than 240 nonprofit community-based organizations that focus on community revitalization and the production of affordable housing have successfully become members in the NeighborWorks network.

Process and Requirements: Each member organization benefits from grants, technical assistance, training, and other resources. Organizations are evaluated by local need, application quality, and ability or capacity to successfully maintain local partnerships, an engaged board, community impact, community-informed strategies, financial health, peer collaboration, and analytical management.

Authorization: NeighborWorks America has legal authority from Title VI of the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1978 Act (42 U.S.C. 8101 et seq.).


Publication Date: October 31, 1978

Related Organizations:

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America)


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Resource Types:

  • Funding program


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