Sneak Preview: HUD’s Award Policy Priorities Focus on Outcomes

December 1, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(This post is based on an upcoming article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Housing and Urban Development is taking an outcomes-based approach to awarding discretionary grants and giving bonus points to applicants who meet the agency’s policy priorities under its fiscal year 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.

Barbara Dorf, senior advisor for the Office of Strategic Planning and Management at HUD, told the National Grants Partnership that HUD’s policy priorities are designed to meet the agency’s mission of creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes. Applicants who propose activities that will achieve specific policy priorities are eligible to receive policy priority points during the application review process.

“The purpose is to provide some extra points in the competition if [the applicants] go beyond what they would normally do and expand their program to encompass these priority activities,” Dorf said.

More on this article is available in the December 2012 issue of the Federal Grants Management Handbook.

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