Deadline Nears for Matching Funds Grant Applications
The deadline for matching fund grants for the Challenge/Build/Grow initiative from the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, is Monday, April 17. The endowment awards grants to state and local home builders associations in support of their innovative programs addressing education, land use and labor shortages and worker training.
Since the program began in 2001, matching fund awards around the country have totaled more than $95,000. As the program has evolved, greater emphasis has been placed on innovation and collaborative efforts with schools and community organizations.
The following programs have received funding previously:
- The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) received a grant of $5,000 to support its Institute of Construction, which teaches technical skills in eight trades.
- The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago and its Greater Chicagoland Housing Foundation received $5,000 for its Promoting Quality Growth program, which was created to educate the public, policy-makers and businesses about the value of sensible growth and to promote a participatory process for determining sensible goals for growth in Chicago-area communities.
- The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine received $2,500 to support its Residential Ventilation for Healthy Indoor Air Quality Program, a training series for association members on effective ventilation strategies in new and existing homes.
- The White County Home Builders Association (Ark.) received $2,500 for its Career Development and Training Program, a one day workshop for high school students interested in the building industry.
- The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky received $5,000 for its Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Training Program for African Americans, a 16-week program to increase the number or African Americans entering the field.
- The Home Builders Association of Maryland received $2,500 for the Baltimore Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which trains entry-level employees for local construction companies.
- The Umpqua Valley Home Builders Association (Ore.) received $5,000 for its Building Trades Program to partner with community colleges, local business, labor and government to develop workforce training systems.
- The Home Builders Association of Kitsap County (Wash.) received $2,500 for a program to promote workable Low Impact Development standards and a design guide for developing them.
- The Collier Building Industry Association (Fla.) received $2,500 for its Construction Academies of Collier County, a high school construction academy workforce development program.
- The Home Builders Association of Lincoln (Neb.) received $2,500 to help young people earn their GEDs while teaching them valuable construction skills. The program involved the association’s NAHB Student Chapters and YouthBuild.
- The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) received $2,000 to support the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades, which introduces students to a variety of specialty occupations within the construction industry through two weeks of classroom and on-the-job education.
- The Greater San Antonio Builders Association (Texas) received $3,000 for Operation Partnership, a hands-on program that enables students to plan, build, market and sell houses built for the association’s annual Parade of Homes.
- The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (Wash.) received $1,000 for its Resident Construction Internships and New Workforce Employment initiatives, which help students develop the skills they need to pursue careers in the building industry.
- The Home Builders Association of Ft. Wayne (Ind.) received $1,000 for the Anthis Construction Education Project, which is designed to provide the local construction community with quality entry-level employees.
- The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (Ore.) received $2,500 for its "Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots" program, a national design competition for detached housing on extremely narrow lots.
- The Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut received $2,000 for the Construction Career Path Enhancement program, which focuses on removing barriers that prevent students from pursuing a career in the trades.
- The Home Builders/Remodelers Association of Mahoning Valley (Ohio) received $1,000 for its Youth Employability Solutions program, which offers industry-related academic support, skill development and career counseling to high school seniors pursuing home building as a career.
- The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky received $5,000 for its Spanish pre-apprenticeship program in carpentry to address the needs of the local Hispanic community, including language skills, construction safety issues, general workplace policies, business concepts and basic carpentry.
- The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Maine received $5,000 for its Site Work/Foundation Construction for Healthy IAQ, an on-site training program designed to improve indoor air quality in new homes.
- The Home Builders Association of Kentucky received $5,000 for the Kentucky Construction Career Fair, a two-day event promoting the construction industry.
- The Building Industry Association of Washington received $2,500 for its Technical Certification of Industry Professionals program.
- The Building Industry Association of Southern California — Los Angeles County received $5,000 for the Infill Development Land Fill program, a comprehensive survey of city planning directors to encourage cities to adopt appropriate mixed use ordinances in under-utilized land sites.
- The Home Builders Association of Alabama received $5,000 for its Tool Grant program, which provides tools to students studying at housing-related vocational programs across the state.
For grant applications and information, visit the endowment Web site at www.nationalhousingendowment.org; or e-mail Troy Patterson at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8483.