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Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and Local Agencies in Eligible
Regions to Assist Homeless Individuals and Families

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Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

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04/07/20 Noon


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Grants to Georgia nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in eligible regions to address the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to support programs in the following categories of service: Emergency Shelter Operations and Services, Supportive Service Programs for Homeless Persons, Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Re-Housing, Street Outreach, Hotel/Motel Vouchers, and HMIS.

Eligible Service Areas include the ten ESG Entitlement areas/communities in Georgia. They are: Atlanta, AugustaRichmond, Macon-Bibb, Savannah-Chatham, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, and Gwinnett County, and the DCA Entitlement, which covers all areas of the State not covered by one of the other ESG Entitlements. ESG funds primarily serve the DCA ESG Entitlement. 

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program provides services to persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless throughout the state. The program is principally designed to operate within a continuum of assistance that enables individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to move toward housing sustainability. The revised program maintains support for a crisis response system through emergency shelters, but places an emphasis on identifying and preventing homelessness and returning those who experience homelessness back into housing within the community as quickly as possible. 

DCA priorities for Federal ESG funds for State Fiscal Year 2020 are rapid re-housing, homeless prevention (rental assistance and stabilization services), emergency shelter (operations and essential services), Street Outreach, and HMIS. Priorities for State Housing Trust Fund dollars are hotel/motel vouchers and supportive services. DCA will reserve a minimum of 80% of federal funds to be awarded to the DCA ESG Entitlement communities. State funds will be awarded to the best applications regardless of location.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140671

Estimated Size of Grant:

DCA will make minimum grant awards of $30,000 for all eligible activities except Emergency Shelter, Supportive Services, HMIS, and Hotel/Motel Voucher.

Maximum grant amounts are as follows:
- Emergency Shelter - $60,000 per project
- Street Outreach - $50,000 per project
- Supportive Services - $25,000 per project
- Short- and Medium-Term Rental Assistance and Stabilization Services - average costs per family/household will vary by region according to rent reasonableness and fair market rents for the area and approval by DCA
- Hotel/Motel Voucher - $60,000
- HMIS - $40,000

Term of Contract:

Contracts will be awarded this year for the grant term, July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for all ESG Project Types. If awarded an ESG grant, applicants should be aware that DCA typically does not receive funding for the ESG program until around October of each year. This does not mean that agencies should not operate projects from July 1 through October; only that
reimbursement for ESG awarded activities cannot be sought until contracts are fully executed and DCA has received Federal funds from HUD. Successful applicants should execute their responsibilities regarding contracts, policies and procedures, staffing, HMIS/DV comparable database, etc. as quickly as possible upon receiving notice of a grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local units of government are eligible to apply. Private, secular or faith-based nonprofit organizations are also eligible to apply for funds. (Faith-based and religious organizations may not discriminate against a project beneficiary or prospective project beneficiary on the basis of religion or religious belief.)

Nonprofit organizations must demonstrate collaboration with local mainstream service providers and local homeless provider groups. For additional eligibility information, see

Nonprofit organizations providing emergency shelter are eligible to receive funds only if such funding is approved by the local government jurisdiction where projects are based. Community based state entities, local boards and authorities are not subject to the local approval requirement.

Generally, applicants are expected to have homeless projects established prior to participating in the DCA ESG application process and applicants should have at least one year of experience in implementing housing related activities or, if only seeking support service funding, support services for which funding is sought.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Registration begins: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
- Apply online begins: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
- Registration deadline, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (5:00 PM)
- Application deadline Tuesday, April 7, 2020, (noon)

Separate project applications must be completed for each project type (outreach, shelter, homelessness prevention or rapid re-housing project, etc.) proposed for funding.

Unless otherwise specified, all applicants must provide at least a 100% match. DCA reserves the right to decrease the required match percentage for applicants providing high priority services in areas with demonstrated need for such services.

All technical assistance provided by DCA, in addition to the ESG application workshops, will be carried out via webinars. Applicants must register for the webinars in order to participate, but may participate in as many webinars as desired. These webinars will be the only opportunity for technical assistance available to applicants. Registration is available on a first come, first served basis.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Georgia DCA
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 679-4840
(800) 359-4663

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta-Richmond, Macon-Bibb, Savannah-Chatham, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, and Gwinnett County, and the DCA Entitlement, which covers all areas of the State not covered by one of the other ESG Entitlements.

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