Northwest NC 

CoC Funding

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) FY2020-21

Request for Proposals

Final Project Applications due by Friday, September 25, 2020 by 5:00 pm.

Regional Application due October 16, 2020 by 5:00 pm

The Northwest North Carolina Continuum of Care (NC 516, serving Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, Alleghany, Mitchell and Yancey counties) is charged by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to submit a community-wide application (a Regional Application) for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds on behalf of the NW Continuum of Care.


Agencies that wished to apply for ESG funding for eligible activities were requested to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by August 21, 2020, but an LOI was not required to submit a Project Application for consideration. The NC 516 Regional Application must be submitted to the ESG Office by October 16, 2020 by 5:00 pm.


Any agency requesting ESG funding for eligible activities must submit a complete Project Application for an eligible activity by September 25, 2020 by 5:00pm, to be considered for the NW CoC Regional Application submission.

This announcement serves as the opportunity for agencies to apply for funding through the
FY2020-21 ESG funding competition. Projects must meet all requirements and be ready to proceed with ESG funded activities by January 2021.


Information about ESG activities and requirements can be found at HUD Exchange, Emergency
Solutions Grant Program: and at NC DHHS


· Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
· Help operate emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
· Provide essential services to shelter residents;
· Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
· Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless
· Street Outreach
· Emergency Shelter
· Rapid Re-Housing assistance
· Homelessness Prevention
· Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)*  
*eligible activity only if in conjunction with another eligible activity


The amount that each Continuum of Care / Local Planning Area is eligible to apply for is the “NC ESG Fair Share”. Northwest CoC Fair Share for FY2020-21 is $124,249 in funding. No more than 60% of total funds of the Fair Share for NC 516 may be used for Emergency Response Services (Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter). While there is a maximum percent for Emergency Services, there is no maximum for Housing Stability (Rapid Re-Housing, Targeted Prevention and HMIS). This means NC 516 may choose to apply for the full 60% of Emergency Response funding or use some of that funding for Housing Stability Activities. The chart below shows the funding that NC 516 may apply for during the FY2020-21 competition and the proscribed limits for each category.


ESG Fair Share: NC 516       Emergency Services (60% max.)         Housing Stability (40% min.)

            $124,249                                   $ 74,549                                              $ 49,700



Agencies that:
· Serve persons residing in NWCoC Geographic Service Area (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery,
Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties).
· Utilizes a Housing First Approach
Housing First is a model of housing assistance that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization
in permanent housing that does not have service participation requirements or preconditions
(such as sobriety or a minimum income threshold).
· Is prepared to utilize or already utilizing the Homeless Management Information System to
record client level data (or an HMIS comparable database if Domestic Violence Provider).

THE NC ESG Office is offering renewal funding for the 2020-2021 ESG annual allocation for ESG sub-recipients who were awarded funding in the 2019-2020 ESG allocation.  The renewal amount can be up to the amount funded in the 2019-2020 allocation. Recertification submission is required and does not guarantee selection or recommendation for the Regional Application by the Northwest Continuum of Care or an award of funds for the FY2020-21 competition


All Project Applications must be received electronically by September 25, 2020 by 5:00 pm.
Project Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered. Incomplete Project Applications may not be considered for funding. Agencies that are not recommended for funding will be provided a written explanation for the reason(s) for not being recommended and will be offered support and technical assistance to improve deficiencies identified during the letter of interest/application process. Agencies have the right to appeal funding recommendation decisions by submitting a formal written letter within 2 business days of being notified by the Steering Committee of the NW CoC. The Steering Committee will respond in writing within 5 business days of receipt of the written appeal.


ESG Project Applications for NC 516 and required attachments must be sent electronically by September 25, 2020 by 5:00 pm to: 

Lorelei Watts

Vice-Chair NC-516, Northwest NC Continuum of Care

Mailing Address:  723 East Main Street, North Wilkesboro, NC  28659

O 828-225-2785 ext. 4409 or 1-800-893-6246 x 4409; F 828-412-4096



Street: 338 Brook Hollow Road

Mail: PO Box 309

Boone, NC, 28607

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