Grant Competition 2023
2023 U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Program Funding Competition is Open!
HUD has released the 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to open the competition (application period) for its CoC Program funds, CFDA 14.267. Applications can include new projects and renewal projects, as described below. For more information: be sure you are subscribed to the HOME Coalition email mailing list — request to be added by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct questions should be sent to Sarah Johnson, HOME Coalition Executive Director, at email@example.com.
To access the HUD Continuum of Care Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2023 (Grant application and instructions, links to program requirements, etc.):
FY 2023 Continuum of Care Competition and Noncompetitive Award of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Renewal and Replacement Grants NOFO
TIMELINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROJECT APPLICATIONS TO THE HOME COALITION is August 28, 2023, no later than 11:59 pm. Applications will be submitted by the online portal esnaps and by submitting additional required documents in PDF form by email ro firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting on HOME Coalition’s Sharefile site (request a folder for your agency by emailing email@example.com). Below is the full NELA CoC Competition timeline.
July 13: Board meeting to approve proposed score sheets and project priorities
July 14: Post proposed calendar, score sheets and project priorities for public comment to continue through July 26th
July 26: CoC Membership meeting Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1901 Milton St., Monroe, from 10:30 am to 11;45 am to provide overview of competition process, review rules, etc.
July 26: If needed, Special Board conference call to vote on changes identified via public comment period
July 28: Optional webinar for applicants MATERIALS POSTED BELOW
Aug 28: Project applications due in esnaps
Sept. 1: Renewal application preliminary scores provided
Sept. 5: New project application preliminary scores provided
Sept. 6: Final date to request corrections to preliminary scores
Sept. 7: Board meeting to address any requested corrections that could not be resolved by Assessment Committee AND ranking vote of project applications
Sept. 8: Applicants provided their rank based on Board votes
Sept. 12 Noon: Due date of any appeals to ranking vote
Sept. 13: Board conference call or meeting to hear any appeals and, if needed, vote on revised ranking
Sept. 13 5 pm: Projects notified in writing of final ranking and which projects will be submitted to the national competition as written, at a reduced amount, or not submitted.
Sept. 14: Projects will be released to applicants in esnaps to input agreed-upon edits to errors identified in the scoring process
Sept. 21 Noon: Project applications MUST be resubmitted to the CoC in esnaps
Sept. 25: CoC Consolidated Application posted online for public comment
Sept. 27: Board vote to consider any issues identified in public comments and vote on final Consolidated Application
Sept. 28: Consolidated Application submitted to HUD
FINAL RANKING WORKSHEET was issued Sept. 13, 2023.
MINUTES from the Ranking Panel Meeting (at Sept. 7, 2023 Board Meeting).
Notice of Final Ranking and Projects Submitted to National Competition, Reduced, and/or Not Submitted was issued Sept. 13, 2023
APPLICANT TRAINING WEBINAR An optional training and info webinar for project applicants was recorded and can be accessed here
A PDF of the webinar slides is here.
A PUBLIC MEETING An optional public meeting to provide a competition overview was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1901 Milton St., Monroe, on Wed. Jul. 26th, 10:30 am to 11;45 am. (This was the HOME Coalition’s July quarter membership meeting. The public was invited.) Minutes of the meeting will be posted online as soon as available.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS: Questions and answers may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org about preparing project applications. All questions and answers will be posted on the FAQ page (link below) and are accessible to all applicants. You do NOT have to participate in the webinar referenced above to submit an application. Again, ALL questions and answers submitted during the webinar or by email will be posted online unless they are pertinent to only one particular applicant and no other organization or project. Those will be answered directly by email to the organization providing the question to the extent possible. No applicant may be assisted to prepare an application other than through info available equally to all applicants. Below are the FAQs from the 2022 competition.
NEW PROJECT APPLICATIONS: The HOME Coalition can consider for funding one or more new projects (which are called Bonus projects) as follows:
- CoC Bonus Funds for new or expansion projects: approximately $131,647 is available for one or more new or expansion project applications for rapid rehousing, joint transitional housing-rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, HMIS, and/or coordinated entry for the 12 NELA parishes; expansion projects to add number units, persons served, services offered; or additional activities for HMIS or CE.
- DV Bonus funds for new or expansion projects dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence: approximately $144,806 for one or more new or expansion project applications to provide rapid rehousing, transitional housing/rapid rehousing, and/or coordinated entry.
RENEWAL PROJECT APPLICATIONS: The HOME Coalition will accept renewal project applications, for existing projects in the amounts specified on the approved FY 2023 LA-505 GIW. A copy of this document has also been provided by email to all organizations with eligible renewal projects.
REALLOCATION PROJECTS: No additional funds were made available through reallocation for the 2022 Competition.
PLANNING GRANT: New project funds of $55,659 are available for Continuum of Care planning and coordination. This grant is available only to the region’s designated Continuum of Care organization, the HOME Coalition.
Additional Forms and Information for the 2023 CoC Program competition for Northeast Louisiana:
BOARD MINUTES Special Board to set scoring priorities – TBA
For more info on how applications are scored and ranked, read Section III of the HOME Coalition Policies (starting on p. 10).
NEW!! To make the local competition more accessible for everyone as well as to include an alternative way to submit an application in case of a documented technical difficulty with esnaps (the online application system) beyond an Applicant’s control, the Policies listed above have been UPDATED with these provisions.
2023 SCORE SHEETS AVAILABLE: The HOME Coalition is committed to a transparent and inclusive application process free of conflict of interest for the local competition for CoC Program funds. Here are the score sheets and metrics for 2023 that show which factors determine the chance an application will be funded when the regional application moves on to the national part of the competition. Only the highest scoring applications will be submitted to the national competition to compete for funds. PUBLIC COMMENTS A public comment period for these metrics was held from Jul. 14 to Jul. 26th. No comments were submitted.
NEW: Equity/Access Worksheet/Checklist in Microsoft Word version here
NEW: Bonus Points Checklist in Microsoft Word version here
2023 DEFINITIONS AND CALCULATIONS SUMMARY TBA
The HOME Coalition of Northeast Louisiana (formal name: Northeast Louisiana Housing and Supportive Services Corp.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is a coalition of nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based groups, businesses, individuals, and others concerned with homelessness in NELA. Group members, from the 12 parishes of NELA, coordinate our area’s response to homelessness by providing a system of housing and services for those who are or are at risk of becoming homeless. The group also represents our area’s needs on a statewide and national basis, bringing attention and funding toward our ultimate goal: a NELA free of homelessness where all people feel safe and valued.