The 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Grants Competition is underway.

A. Purpose

1. Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Grants Competition. HUD released the 2018 CoC NOFA on June 20, 2018. Interested CoC applicants should read the HUD NOFA in its entirety. The NOFA may be accessed and downloaded at www.hudexchange.info or in the “Library” section of this ZoomGrants.com website.

HUD has announced that the Durham CoC is eligible to apply for a total of $1,537,538 of federal funds in the 2018 CoC Homeless Grants Competition as follows:

*A total “Annual Renewal Demand” (ARD) of $1,247,410
*”Bonus” project funding of $91,619
*A “Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus” of $152,699
*A “CoC Planning Grant” of $45,810  

(The CoC Planning Grant amount is not subject to the Tier One & Tier Two ranking described below. Only the Durham CoC Collaborative Applicant, the City of Durham’s Department of Community Development, may submit the CoC Planning Grant.)

In 2018, HUD will continue to require CoCs to rank all project applications, except the CoC Planning Grant application, in two tiers:

Durham’s Tier One amount is equal to 94% of the CoC’s ARD or $1,172,565.
Durham’s Tier Two amount is “the difference between Tier 1 and the CoC’s ARD plus any amount available for bonus projects.” or $244,318.

For an explanation of the meaning of the terms “Annual Renewal Demand (ARD),” ” Bonus,” “DV Bonus,” etc., please consult the 2018 NOFA.

2. At this time, the City of Durham’s Department of Community Development is soliciting applications for Continuum of Care funding from organizations that have been approved during earlier “pre-application and submission of qualifications” phases of the local competition for projects seeking renewal funding, bonus project funding, or the DV bonus.

3. Applying organizations are encouraged to read and review the various documents uploaded to the “Library” portion of this website as part of their preparation of an application submission. As part of the 2018 Durham CoC grant application process, applying organizations are required to submit a signed a dated statement certifying that, at a minimum, they have read the Continuum of Care Interim Rule and the 2018 HUD Continuum of Care Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA). These documents are available in the “Library” section of this website and at www.hudexchange.info.

4. Project applications for renewal funding to support housing projects and all new project funding will be scored, ranked, and prioritized for funding at the local level according to a scorecard/ranking tool approved by the Durham CoC Board, the Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). Separate scorecards will be used for housing projects seeking renewal funding and new project applications. The 2018 Scorecards are posted in the “Library” section of this website and below. CoC Lead Agency staff at the Department of Community Development will score and rank project applications using the approved tools. The Citizens Advisory Committee, serving as the CoC’s unbiased review panel per the CoC Governance Charter, will have the opportunity to review all project applications in this ZoomGrants.com website and will review the CoC staff’s scoring and ranking recommendations. The HSAC will make final project ranking recommendations to HUD at its August 29, 2018 meeting. Projects applying for CoC funds may appeal the HSAC’s funding recommendations according to the instructions in the NOFA.

6. The HSAC has adopted priorities for the use of CoC and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds in the 2018 grant-making competitions. All project applicants, especially projects that are seeking “new project” funds, are encouraged to read the document “2018 Durham CoC Approved Funding Priorities” in the “Library” section of the ZoomGrants.com website.

7. Contact the Department of Community Development if you have questions about this solicitation or application process.

8. Applications for 2018 CoC grants in this local competition are due to this ZoomGrants.com website by 3 PM on August 3. 2018. Pre-applications for any project applications are no longer being accepted.

9. This is a competitive grants process. All projects submitting a project application may not be recommended by the Durham CoC to HUD for funding, and all projects recommended to HUD for funding may not be awarded HUD funding.

B. Application Process

Schedule

  • HUD NOFA released: June 20, 2018
  • ZoomGrants site opened for Applications:  July 5, 2018      
  • Applications due in ZoomGrants: August 3, 2018, 3 PM. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Dept. of Community Development completes project evaluations: August 6-August 17, 2018
  • Citizens Advisory Committee finalizes funding recommendations: August 20, 2018
  • Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) makes funding recommendations to HUD: August 29, 2018 (Project applicants will be notified via email of the HSAC’s funding recommendations within 48 hours of the August 29th meeting.)
  • Collaborative Application, Project Priority Listing, and all associated Project Applications submitted to HUD in e-snaps: September 18, 2018

In addition to the resources available in the Library at ZoomGrants.com, here are some important links to help organizations applying for CoC funds in Durham’s local competition:

HUD’s Notice Of Funding Availability released on June 20, 2018

HUD’s document summarizing changes in this year’s CoC competition

The Durham CoC’s Scorecard for New Project Applications

The Durham CoC’s Scorecard for Renewing Permanent Housing Applications