Application process now closed

The application process for the 2022-2025 class of the Tribal Housing Excellence Academy (THE Academy) is closed. However, past application information is below for reference.

THE Academy is a 30-month initiative to work with innovative Native organizations in the rural West with a goal to increase housing built on Native lands. THE Academy will bring together NAHASDA grantees, such as TDHEs, Housing Authorities, and housing departments to learn and apply best practices for managing the housing development process. We emphasize leveraging IHBG/NHHBG with other funding not yet widely accessed by native communities.

Eligible applicants are:

  • NAHASDA grantees serving Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians
  • Located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  • The housing project is located in a rural area as defined by HUD’s Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program. Please see Section 3 Application Requirements of the application packet for details about Eligibility Mapping.

Application materials (old):

The last application packet and self-assessment forms may be viewed for reference. Frequently Asked Questions are here.


There is no fee to participate. RCAC has secured grant funding to offer this program. The cost to participating organizations is in the form of staff time, technology, and travel to participate.

Informational Webinar:

A webinar was held on September 6, 2022 to share information about THE Academy and the application process. The slides are here.