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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits to Provide
Housing and Services to Homeless Individuals

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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West Virginia Community Advancement and Development (WVCAD)

Conf. Date:

04/27/21

LOI Date:

05/05/21

Deadline Date:

05/28/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations to provide housing and services to individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply prior to submitting a final application. The purpose of the program is to provide homeless persons and those at risk of homelessness with the basic shelter and essential supportive services as well as financial assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services.

The purpose of the ESG program is to provide homeless persons and those at risk of homelessness with the basic shelter and essential supportive services as well as financial assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services. 

The ESG program provides funding to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street as well as other uninhabitable areas,
  • Improve the quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families,
  • Help operate these shelters,
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents,
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

To facilitate strategic, community-wide policies, direct services and coordination with other resources that may be available to individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness, the HEARTH Act mandates area-wide systems coordination, including:

  • Consultation with Continuums of Care (CoC),
  • Coordination with other programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness,
  • Coordination with mainstream resources (health, employment, education, etc.),
  • Centralized or coordinated assessment,
  • Written standards for providing ESG assistance, and
  • Participation in the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS), or in the case of domestic victim services providers, a comparable system.

Program emphasis should be placed on providing adequate assessment of program participants’ housing barriers with a focus on moving them to permanent housing as soon as possible. The goal is that no one is homeless (living on the streets or in emergency shelter) for more than 30 days.

ESG program participants should connect clients with other mainstream resources to assure the most impact with the least amount of ESG funds used since there are rarely sufficient funds to serve all persons currently homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

ESG funds may be used to support activities under the following program components:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Rapid Re-housing
  • Data Collection (HMIS)
  • Administration

For additional details about these activities, see: https://wvcad.org/assets/files/resources/Emergency-Solutions-Grant/ESG-PY2021-Program-and-Application-Overview.pdf#page=9

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185639

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,400,000

Number of Grants:

WVCAD anticipates the potential for several awards to be made with this funding.

Term of Contract:

- ESG PY21 performance period begins October 1, 2021 (Friday)
- ESG PY21 performance period ends September 30, 2022 (Friday)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible recipients are private non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations registered with and operating within West Virginia.

Eligible applicants must:

• Be a non-profit 501(c)(3); and
• Comply with ESG guidelines and applicable state and federal policies and procedures, including compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws; and
• Have established accounting practices including internal controls, fiscal accounting procedures and cost allocation plans, and can track agency and program expense by revenue source; and
• Demonstrate prior experience serving individuals and families at-risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness; and
• Certify that they will fully utilize the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS), or comparable database system as in the case of domestic violence applicants; and
• Participate in the Continuum of Care within the applicant’s coverage area.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

• Recruitment of staff
• Depreciation for assets that have outlived their depreciable lives
• Costs associated with the agency rather than the specific program
• Any costs associated with advertisements including pamphlets, surveys, etc.
• Unapproved staff training, entertainment, conferences, or retreats (WVCAD approval required)
• Public relations
• Bad debts and/or late fees
• Program participant mortgage and/or debt services
• Mortgage assistance

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Process Overview Webinar – April 27, 2021 at 2pm

To register for the webinar and receive notifications, visit the following link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/381400107289944847

Technical Assistance Call

WVCAD will provide a technical assistance conference call for any organizations applying for PY2021 ESG funds that has questions or needs assistance. (Attendance is not required, and a recording of the call will be sent to all organizations participating in the application process.)

Technical Assistance Call – May 11, 2021 at 2pm

At the time of the scheduled calls, dial (877) 278-8686 and when prompted enter the participant ID# 117558.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process and Award Selection Timeline:

- Application Process Overview (webinar) April 27, 2021 (Tuesday)
- FORM A: Intent to Apply due May 5, 2021 (Wednesday)
- WV ESG Technical Assistance Conference Call May 11, 2021 (Tuesday)
- FORM B: CoC Review and Recommendation due May 21, 2021 (Friday)
- Application submission deadline May 28, 2021 (Friday)
- Notification of applicant selection and tentative awards July 1, 2021 (Friday)
- Grant award documents sent to subrecipients October 1, 2021 (Friday)

Additional dates of importance:

- WV ESG PY21 programmatic T/TA site visits July 12 – September 30, 2021
- WV ESG PY21 sub-recipient training September 2021 (Date TBD)
- ESG PY21 performance period begins October 1, 2021 (Friday)
- ESG PY21 performance period ends September 30, 2022 (Friday)

Match: ESG has a dollar-for-dollar matching requirement. Match can be cash or noncash (in-kind). To be considered match, the expense or in-kind contribution must be something that would be an allowable expense to the ESG program if there were enough money in the grant to pay for it.

Contact Information:

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

E-mail: ESG@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-2234

U.S. Mail:
WV Community Advancement and Development
c/o Emergency Solutions Grant
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Building 3, Suite 700
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

WVCAD Staff:
Lee Tabor, Housing Programs Manager
Americo Valdes, Housing Programs Specialist
Shelly Woda, Sustainability Unit Manager
Jennifer Ferrell, Director

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