Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) are federal funds that are distributed to communities across the nation to partially fund the operations and services of emergency shelters, homeless management information systems, and rapid rehousing/homeless prevention activities.

The State of North Carolina has released the application materials for the 2017 NC Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) competition. In 2017, the Durham Continuum of Care is eligible to apply for a total of $160,343 of State ESG funds, divided between a maximum of $96,206 for “Emergency Services,” including emergency shelter operations, and a minimum of $64,137 for “Housing Stability” activities, including Rapid Rehousing activities.

The Department of Community Development, as the Durham CoC Lead Agency, is responsible for organizing a local competition to apply for these funds, for organizing the CoC’s evaluation of project applications, and for completing the “Regional Application” that accompanies the specific project applications recommended by the CoC for State ESG funds.

Organizations interested in applying for these State ESG funds should note the following:

    1. The deadline to submit a Project Application for State ESG funds in the Durham CoC competition is 4 PM on Friday, October 6, 2017. Per the Application Instructions, Project Applications should include one (1) hard copy of the required application documents and one (1) soft (electronic) copy on a flash drive of the complete application. (An organization that has not yet received an electronic copy of the 2017 State ESG Project Application may request one by contacting Lloyd.schmeidler@durhamnc.gov.)                                            
    2. The documents required to be included in Project Application “packages” are listed in Appendix 1, page 20ff, of the Application Instructions. Failure to provide all documents required in a Project Application may result in a Project not being recommended for funding.
    3. The State ESG office is holding a webinar on Monday, September 25 at 1 PM to review the application instructions and respond to any questions. Interested organizations are encouraged to participate in the webinar. Registration for the webinar is required and is available via a link on the first page of the Application Instructions. (We regret that we were not able to distribute this information to the Durham CoC until after the Sept. 19th webinar.)
    4. The State ESG office has communicated the following information: “The State of NC ESG Office has been able to obtain 100% matching funds from other state housing programs.  What this means to ESG recipients for the FY 2017-18 ESG Program, NO matching funds will be required. This benefit applies to the FY 2017-18 year only. Again, NO matching funds will be required for our FY 2017-18 ESG Program recipients.” Accordingly, Tab C for Matching Documentation is no longer required in the Project Application
    5. A new State ESG requirement for Project Applications is the “Certificate of Local Planning Area Participation.” Please communicate with this office at your earliest convenience to ensure that your Project Application will be able to satisfy the requirements of this certification.
    6. The Citizens Advisory Committee is the Durham CoC’s Unbiased Review Panel and will be responsible for recommending State ESG funding awards to the Homeless Services Advisory Committee.
    7. The Homeless Services Advisory Committee, as Durham’s CoC Board, will finalize State ESG funding recommendations at its regularly scheduled October 25, 2017 meeting.
    8. The Department, as the CoC Lead Agency, reserves the right to solicit additional project applications after October 6, 2017, for this grants competition, if the Department does not receive project applications for all of the funds that the Durham CoC is eligible to apply for by the October 6th deadline, or if the Department determines that organizations or project applications do not meet the “Threshold Requirements” outlined in Section V of the “Application Instructions,” as applicable to the Durham competition as of October 6, 2017.
    9. Should any applying organization be determined to not meet the “Threshold Requirements” outlined in Section V of the “Application Instructions,” the Department will communicate that determination to the organizational representative(s) identified in the Project Application by the close of business on October 11, 2017. The communication will describe the area(s) in which the application did not meet Threshold Requirements. An organization wishing to appeal this decision shall do so by communicating in writing to this office no later than the close of business on October 16, 2017 the specific reasons why it believes that it meets the Threshold Requirements.
    10. Any appeals concerning Threshold Requirements will be considered by the HSAC Executive Committee at its meeting on October 17, 2017. Decisions of the HSAC Executive Committee concerning whether an organization meets the State’s Threshold Requirements will be final.
    11. This is the Scorecard that has been accepted by the HSAC’s Structure Subcommittee. This Scorecard will be used to score Project Applications by the Durham CoC. Applicants may note that Bonus Points are available to projects that complete and submit a Self-Evaluation of the project application using this Scorecard.

The following is a partial list of documents needed to complete a ESG Project Application:

The Project Application

The Project Budget (This sample Project Budget may be helpful in completing the Project Budget.)

State Certifications

For more information regarding Durham’s State of NC ESG Regional Application, contact Project Manager Lloyd Schmeidler with the City’s Community Development Department at (919) 560-4570 ext. 22267.