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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - 2020-2021

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits
and Agencies to Address Homelessness

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/16/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to address homelessness. Funding is intended to assist individuals and families who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Grants are to be used as part of a crisis response system using a low-barrier, housing-focused approach to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and one time.

Activities can include:

  • Engaging homeless individuals and families on the street;
  • Improving the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Helping operate emergency shelters;
  • Providing essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and families, and
  • Preventing families from becoming homeless.  

Agencies participating in the ESG program and/or receiving ESG funds are eligible to perform activities under the components outlined below:

  • Street Outreach: Meet the immediate needs of unsheltered homeless people by connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, and/or critical health services. 
  • Emergency Shelter:  Intended to increase the quantity and quality of temporary emergency shelters provided to homeless people by supporting the shelter's operating expenses and essential services.
  • Rapid Re-housing: Move homeless individuals and families quickly into permanent housing through rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services.
  • Homelessness Prevention:  Prevent households from becoming homeless through rental assistance, and housing relocation and stabilization services.
  • NC HMIS / Domestic Violence / Victim Service Provider Comparable Database: Support ESG Subrecipients participation in HMIS / or DV comparable database collection system. Federal law requires that Domestic Violence / Victim Service Provider agencies use Systems Comparable to HMIS rather than the HMIS used by other homeless agencies.

For information about Federal and State requirements, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163098

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4.9 million

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Division of Aging and Adult Service, NC DHHS will accept applications for ESG funding from Continuums of Care (CoC) and Balance of State CoC Regional Committees. The applications will recommend non-profit or local government agencies for funding.

Once approved, these recommended organizations will contract directly with the State or subcontract with the region’s Fiscal Sponsor. The following are eligible sub-recipients for ESG funding:
1. Units of general local government, including metropolitan entitlement communities that receive direct ESG allocations from HUD
2. Private 501 (c) 3 designated nonprofit organizations.

Recommended agencies will contract directly with NC DHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services, for funding or with a Fiscal Sponsor, who will then contract directly with NC DHHS_DAAS.

Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) or non-profits established by PHAs are not eligible sub-recipients of NC ESG funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the in-person technical assistance webinar sessions below, being offered by the NC ESG Office and NCDHHS, to review and discuss the ESG annual application:

- Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Register here:

- Friday, September 4, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications in response to the RFA must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 16, 2020. All applications received by this deadline will be reviewed. Late applications will not be reviewed.

- August 17, 2020: RFA Published
- September 2 and 4, 2020: RFA Instructional Training
- October 16, 2020: All Applications Due
- October 19 - November 20, 2020: Application Review
- November 23, 2020: Funding Decisions Announced
- December 4, 2020: Agency's Intent to Appeal Due
- December 11, 2020: Appeals Material Due
- January 4, 2020: Appeal Responses
- January 4, 2020: Contracts sent out

Contact Information:

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

Online regional application:

Online project application:

Direct questions to:
Chris Battle, ESG Homeless Programs Coordinator
Phone: 919-855-4984

Lisa Worth, ESG Homeless Programs Coordinator
Phone: 919-855-4993

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina

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