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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program - Balance of State (BoS) Allocation

Grants to California Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations,
and Agencies in Eligible Areas to Address Homelessness

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California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

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10/19/21 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and local government units in eligible areas for services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Funding is intended for the following eligible activities to benefit the homeless populations: prevention, engagement, rapid re-housing, and emergency shelter and related services. Grantees should prioritize the advancement of racial equity at all levels of the homeless response system. Applicants must be recommended by their regional Continuum of Care Service Area. Regional competitions are within three geographic regions: Northern Region, Bay Area Region, Central and Imperial Valley Region.

Balance of State (BoS) Allocation:

Funding in the BoS allocation is made available based on recommendations from a CoC in two ways:

  1. Through regional competitions within three geographic regions pursuant to California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 25 CCR 8404 (a) (3); and
  2. Through a noncompetitive process for Rapid Re-Housing (RR) activities

The ESG program provides funding for the following objectives:

  • Engaging individuals and families experiencing homelessness;
  • Improving the quality of Emergency Shelters (ES) for individuals and families experiencing homelessness by helping to operate these shelters, and by providing essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and
  • Preventing families/individuals from becoming homeless.

Eligible activities can be found starting at and

Eligible costs can be found at

Estimate BoS Formula Allocation can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 185928

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No individual application minimum and maximum grant amounts will be established by the state for the noncompetitive RR set-aside. The CoC shall determine the amounts of each individual application.

Term of Contract:

HCD distributes federal Emergency Solutions Grant funds to eligible subrecipients with one- or two-year grants.

All of the grantee’s ESG funds must be expended for eligible activity costs within 24 months after the date HUD signs the grant agreement with HCD.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be either private non-profit organizations or units of general-purpose local governments.

Private non-profit organization, as defined in 24 CFR Part 576.2, is an organization that: 1) is a secular or religious organization described in Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under subtitle A of the Codes; 2) has an accounting system; 3) has a voluntary board; 4) practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance; and 5) does not include a governmental organization, such as a public housing agency or housing finance agency.

Faith-based organizations receiving ESG funds, like all organizations receiving HUD funds, must serve all eligible program participants without regard to religion.

Units of general-purpose local governments, as defined in 24 CFR Part 576.2, are any city, county, town, township, parish, village, or other general-purpose political subdivision of a state.

Units of general-purpose local governments applying for ESG funding for ES and/or SO Activities must not replace funds the local government provided for these Activities during the immediately preceding 12-month period, except in situations of severe financial deficit as determined by HUD.

Pre-Application Information:

HCD will be accepting 2021 ESG applications through the eCivis Grants Management System portal beginning August 17, 2021. Applications and all required documentation must be received by HCD no later than Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Any application received after Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PDT will not be accepted.

December 2021 HCD announces BoS awards.

BoS Noncompetitive Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a ‘rolling’ basis. Applications that are submitted prior to the October 19, 2021 application due date will be reviewed immediately and if approved, will be awarded.

All BoS Competitive Applications for each geographic area must be received by the Department in order for scores to be determined. Therefore, rolling awards may not be possible.

All Applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.


Contact Information:

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

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California Department of Housing & Community Development
2020 West El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95833

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