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Eviction Protection Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Provide Free
Legal Assistance to Low-Income Tenants in Order to Prevent Evictions

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Policy Development and Research (PDR)

Deadline Date:

09/08/21 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time - Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, IHEs, and tribes to provide free legal assistance to low-income tenants in order to prevent evictions. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to help individuals and families, including those from disadvantaged or vulnerable populations or who reside in rural areas, avoid eviction or minimize the disruption and damage caused by the eviction process.

FY 2021 Eviction Protection Grant Program:

The overall purpose of the Eviction Protection Grant Program is to support experienced legal service providers, not limited to legal service corporations, in providing legal assistance (including assistance related to pretrial activities, trial activities, post-trial activities and alternative dispute resolution) at no cost to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction. HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research is making available grant funds to non-profit or governmental entities to provide services in areas with high rates of evictions or prospective evictions, including rural areas. 

Currently, insufficient resources prevent every tenant at risk of or subject to eviction from receiving legal representation. The Eviction Protection Grant Program supports the full range of services that work with legal representation to help individuals and families avoid eviction.

The objectives and priorities of this NOFO include but are not limited to:

  1. Distributing federal financial support to nonprofit and governmental entities to provide legal assistance, at no cost, to low-income renters facing eviction or at risk of eviction in areas with high rates of evictions or risk of evictions.
  2. Providing eviction protection services to historically underserved populations, including people of color, persons with limited English proficiency, and persons with disabilities.
  3. Ensuring a proportionate distribution of funding amounts for rural areas, including Tribal lands, to the extent possible.
  4. Building the evidence base for the activities most effective at preventing evictions and/or mitigating negative outcomes that result from evictions.

Eligible services for which grant funds may be used include:

  • Legal representation in relation to legal filings and court proceedings, including negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, and the provision of limited representation and counsel and advice.
  • Navigation and assistance responding to actions by the Evicting Party related to the court process or to avoid a court process, such as assistance filing forms.
  • Collaboration with courts, judges, and other parties to create and promote eviction diversion programs that reduce the burden of eviction cases on the courts.
  • Assistance with filing fair housing complaints related to eviction.
  • Assistance to tenants navigating the transition process in connection with vacating the rental property, including paperwork to arrange school transfers or enable students to remain at their current school, arrangements for continuation of healthcare, access to resources to obtain stable housing, etc.
  • Assistance to tenants to avoid or reduce the negative impacts of a potential eviction, such as referrals to other service providers like case workers to obtain rental assistance, counselors for housing or financial counseling, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) programs, health care services, and related stabilizing measures.
  • Education and outreach to tenants at risk of or subject to eviction regarding their rights related to eviction, available resources, and the eviction process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197697

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 20 awards from the funds available under this NOFO. (The precise number of awards under this NOFO, which will be between 10 and 20 awards, will depend on the number of eligible proposals received and the estimated need for eviction protection services based on demographic information in the applicants’ proposed target service areas.)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Award Amount: $1,000,000 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $3,000,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 10/15/2021
- Estimated Project End Date: 10/15/2023

Length of Project Periods: 24-month project period and budget period.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- State governments
- County governments
- City or township governments
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

The following entities, if a non-profit or governmental entity, are eligible:
- A State or local Public Defenders Office
- Public Defenders association
- A clinical law program at an accredited law school
- A State bar association
- Legal Service and Legal Aid providers

Eligible applicants must have in-house staff, contractors, or consultants, who are legal service providers, as defined under applicable state law, with at least three years of experience.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Grant funds may not be used to pay rent or other costs a tenant owes a landlord.

Criteria for beneficiaries
The beneficiary must meet all three of the following criteria:
1. Is low income, as defined in Section I.A.4;
2. Is a tenant, as defined in Section I.A.4; and
3. Is at risk of or subject to eviction, as defined in Section I.A.4.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date for Applications: September 8, 2021 The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard time. Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

HUD strongly recommends you submit your applications at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

If you cannot submit your application electronically via, you must ask in writing for a waiver of the electronic grant submission requirements. HUD will not grant a waiver if HUD does not receive your written mailed, shipped, or emailed request at least 15 calendar days before the application deadline and if you do not demonstrate good cause. If HUD waives the requirement, HUD must receive your paper application before the deadline of this NOFO. To request a waiver, you must contact Madlyn Wohlman Rodriguez.

Required registrations:
1. SAM Registration Requirement. Applicants must be registered with before submitting their application. Applicants must maintain current information in SAM on immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded a Federal contract or grant within the last three years, if applicable. Information in SAM must be current for all times during which the applicant has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. DUNS Number Requirement. Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.
3. Requirement to Register with Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the E-Biz POC in SAM to submit applications for the organization. Registration for SAM and is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot apply through Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided on

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to:
Madlyn Wohlman Rodriguez

For technical support, contact: Customer Support
(800) 518-GRANTS

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

CFDA Number:

14. 537

Funding or Pin Number:

6500-N-79, OMB 2528-0299

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