Federal Funding for Neighborhood Services & Projects in 2022

Published on September 15, 2021

DENVER — The City and County of Denver’s Office of Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) plans to release its annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for federally funded neighborhood support services in 2022 at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

DEDO is seeking proposals from organizations that provide services such as nonprofit technical assistance; job training/skill development to promote economic mobility; small business support; and community-based services such as affordable childcare, physical and mental health, youth activities, community leadership development, and healthy food access. 

Among other factors, preference is being placed on proposals serving constituents from DEDO’s Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST) priority neighborhoods of Elyria- Swansea, Globeville, Northeast Parkhill, East Colfax, Montbello, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood, and/or serving vulnerable populations. 

“We are always eager to partner with Denver’s community-based organizations whose innovative work fulfills our local vision for economic mobility and social equity,” said Eric Hiraga, Executive Director of DEDO. “We’re also taking extra steps this fall to encourage and support first-time applicants, for whom this funding process is unfamiliar.” 

Services and programs will be funded through Denver’s annual allocation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for which DEDO serves as the fund administrator. 

Three virtual pre-bid sessions will be held for applicants during this solicitation, including: 

The deadline for completed proposals is 4 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021. All details will be posted on DEDO’s Funding Opportunities webpage.

The NOFA, technical assistance to bidders, proposal evaluations, and contract negotiations will be conducted by DEDO’s Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization (NEST) division. NEST was created in 2018 to help ensure that the substantial economic, social, and cultural benefits of Denver’s economic success are shared by all residents and to mitigate displacement and gentrification in Denver’s historically diverse neighborhoods. 

This solicitation for neighborhood support services does not include HUD-funded housing programs, which are now coordinated through the Denver Office of Housing Stability (HOST). 

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