Development request for proposals

Hennepin County offers several grant opportunities and programs to support housing and development projects throughout the county. 

To maximize county resources and make the application process more efficient for those seeking funding, the county solicits an annual coordinated development request for proposals (RFP) every year. 

Programs that may be included in the annual RFP through the county’s Community Works department and Housing Redevelopment Authority are listed below with more information. 

2018 development request for proposals

Hennepin County's annual coordinated request for proposals for development funding was posted Thursday, January 4, 2018. 

Up to $6.1 million combined is available through three programs this year, including:

  • Affordable Housing Incentive Fund
  • HOME Investment Partnerships program
  • Transit Oriented Development program

All application materials are due by February 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

New application process in 2018

As part of the county’s broader effort to improve contracting and grant processes, all development RFPs and applications are now hosted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal. To submit an application, you must first register.  

For more information on how to register, please go to the Supplier Portal Information Page.This is a new way of doing business and may require some time to adjust. Please plan ahead and allow extra time to complete and submit your applications.

Application materials and grant program information can be viewed below, however, all applications must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.

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Affordable housing incentive fund

The Affordable Housing Incentive Fund (AHIF) provides capital financing to create or preserve long-term affordable housing units throughout Hennepin County for very low-income households. Applicants may include government agencies, nonprofit organizations, housing developers or lenders. Financing may support acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction activities.

The AHIF and HOME applications are combined. Additional program guidelines are outlined in the 2018 affordable housing programs RFP (PDF 12MB)

Applications for affordable housing programs must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.

Contact

Spencer Agnew at spencer.agnew@hennepin.us or call 612-348-2205

Community development block grant

The Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) allocates funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help with community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Hennepin County's CDBG program serves suburban cities that do not receive funding directly from HUD.

Though not part of the coordinated development request for proposals, the CDBG program has a separate application process on a similar timeline.

Applications for Hennepin County's CDBG program are submitted by cities to the county, with the exception of public service agencies seeking funding to serve the Consolidated Pool (PDF).

Application materials can be reviewed and submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.

Contact

Spencer Agnew at spencer.agnew@hennepin.us or call 612-348-2205

Learn more about federal housing programs at Hennepin County

HOME Investment Partnerships program

The HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) is a flexible federal grant program that allows Hennepin County to fund affordable housing activities for very low- and low-income families or individuals, homeless families, and persons with special needs.

Eligible activities under HOME include new construction of affordable housing units, rehabilitation of owner and rental properties, and acquisition.

the HOME and AHIF applications are combined. Additional program guidelines are outlined in the 2018 affordable housing programs RFP (PDF 12MB)

Applications for affordable housing programs must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.

Contact

Tonja West-Hafner at tonja.west-hafner@hennepin.us or call 612-348-2599

Learn more about federal housing programs at Hennepin County

Transit oriented development

The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) program offers grants and loans for development projects that enhance transit usage along Hennepin County transit corridors and routes. 

Additional details and criteria are outlined in the 2018 transit oriented development program guidelines (PDF)

Applications for the Transit Oriented Development program must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.

Contact

Elise Durbin at elise.durbin@hennepin.us or call 612-348-4191

Learn more about the county's transit oriented development program

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