Open Doors Homeownership Grant

Applications for CAHEC’s 2020 Open Doors Homeownership Grant are no longer being accepted.  All applications must have been submitted by July 31, 2020 to be considered. 

CAHEC offers the Open Doors Homeownership Grant to nonprofit organizations, with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, engaged in developing affordable housing for sale to low-income households living in areas CAHEC serves. Because nonprofit developers often incur expenses not included in developmental budgets, CAHEC designed this annual grant to supplement the costs associated with developing housing for sale to low-income households. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, training, travel, marketing, and consultants. Developmental expenses an organization may incur due to receiving an Open Doors Homeownership Grant are the responsibility of the grantee.

To be eligible for consideration, an affordable housing development must be located within CAHEC’s footprint of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., or West Virginia. CAHEC accepts applications annually from mid-February to July 31. Eligible applications are scored via a competitive review process and awarded upon the impact and quality of the proposals. For 2020, CAHEC will offer three grants: one at $25,000, one at $15,000, and one at $10,000.

Organizations receiving an Open Doors Homeownership Grant are required to sign a Grant Agreement. Grantees agree to acknowledge CAHEC as the grantor and CAHEC’s role of financial assistance toward a specific project when appropriate. Examples include listing CAHEC as a contributor in the organization’s newsletter or annual report, posting news about the grant on the organization’s website, including CAHEC’s logo on construction site signs, etc. Grant funds must be fully executed within 24 months of receipt. Organizations awarded a grant are not eligible to reapply for the Open Doors Homeownership Grant until two additional awarding years have passed. For example, an organization awarded the grant in 2019 would not be eligible to reapply until 2022.

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  • Affordable housing development plans must include a minimum of five new or substantially-rehabilitated homes. Substantial rehabilitation is defined as hard costs equal to or in excess of $20,000 per home.
  • Homes may be scattered-site stand-alone single-family houses, condominiums, or townhomes.
  • Homes must be available to purchase for households earning 80 percent or less of the area median income as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Residents of the local and low-income community must participate in the development’s planning process.
  • Homeownership training must be provided for homebuyers before and after the purchase of the home.


    Grantees agree to undertake a series of activities described in their applications to fill a particular housing challenge, need, or issue. Grantees also agree to submit semiannual reports outlining the impact grant funds are making within their mission, organization, and project described in their grant application. Grantees must submit all semiannual reports to be eligible for future funding.

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2020 Recipients

  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity – $25,000
    Asheville, NC
  • Mountain Housing Opportunities – $15,000
    Asheville, NC
  • Athens Land Trust – $10,000
    Athens, GA

Learn more about each recipient

To learn more about the Open Doors Homeownership Grant, please contact Stefanie Lee at (919) 645-9825 or

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