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Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities


Federal Agency




Continuing Appropriations Act 2008 (Public Law 110-161).






To assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions of higher education (HSIs) expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low-and moderate-income, consistent with the purposes of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Each activity proposed for funding mustmeet both the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program eligibility requirements and at least one national objective. Criteria for determining whether an activity addresses one or more objectives are provided at 24 CFR 570.208. Ineligible activities are listed in paragraph 570.207.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit Hispanic- Serving Institutions that meet the definition of an HIS of higher education established in Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1101) as amended are eligible to submit applications for funding. In order to meet this definition, at least 25 percent of the full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an institution must be Hispanic. In addition, all applicants must be institutions of higher education granting two-or four-year degrees that are fully accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The principal beneficiaries of the program include any city, county, town, parish, village, any other political subdivision of a State, or certain U.S. territories within which the HSI is located.


Grants are governed by (1) OMB Circular No. A-21 "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; (2) OMB Circular No. A-133 "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; and (3) provisions of 24 CFR part 84 "Grant Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations".


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applicants will respond to competitive requirements contained in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedure

Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked, and awards made to the highest ranking applications. HUD reserves the right to make selections out of order to provide geographic distribution of grantees. HUD also reserves the right to reduce the amount of funding requested in order to fund as many highly ranked applications as possible.


Deadlines will be announced in each NOFA publication.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Announcement of awards are anticipated on or before September 30th.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None. Applicants get points in the selection system for securing leveraged funds.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

HUD may make grants for up to 3 years.


Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual and final reports are required, as well as Program Logic Model and a final program report and Program Logic Model are required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Must be kept in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.


Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0162-0-1-451; 86-0108-0-1-451.


(Grants) FY 07 $5,940,000; FY 08 est $6,000,000; and FY 09 est $3,929,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$600,000 per grantee for a three-year grant performance period.


Program Accomplishments

In Fiscal Year 2007 10 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that a similar number of awards will be made in 2008.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

The program is governed by regulations contained in 24 CFR 570.400 and 570.404 and 24 CFR Part 570, Subparts A, C, J, K and O. Provisions of 24 CFR Part 84 "Grant Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Nonprofit Organizations."


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

For answers to technical questions, contact Madlyn Wohlman-Rodriguez in the Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-5939. Email:

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the criteria listed in each NOFA.


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