Emergency Solutions Grant

2019-20 Emergency Solutions Grant Funding Notice for the Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care




The Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care (CoC) is charged by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to submit a community-wide application for Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds. This year the CoC is eligible for $125,971 and the complete Regional Application is due by October 11, 2019.


ESG Funded Projects are Designed To:


● 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.

● Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.


Eligible Projects Types Include:


● 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.


To apply, agencies must:


● Serve persons in Buncombe County.

● Utilize a Housing First Approach and participate in Coordinated Entry.

● Be prepared to utilize or already utilizing the Homeless Management Information System to

record client level data (or comparable database if Domestic Violence Provider).

● Be ready to serve eligible clients beginning January 1, 2020 and use all funds by December 31, 2020.


All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the local in-person technical assistance session below, being offered by the NC (ESG) Office, to review and discuss the 2019-20 NC (ESG).



Tuesday August 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Buncombe County Administration Building.
First Floor Conference Room
200 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Registration link for in-person training and webinar:

2019-20 Information Session 




Agencies must also submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for funding through this ESG funding process. Submission of a LOI does not constitute an application nor does it constitute approval for funding.

In no more than one page, a Letter of Intent should include:

● Agency Name

● Primary contact person

● Contact Email and Phone Number

● Anticipated ESG Funding Request for 2019-2020

● A brief description of the proposed project including the name, project type, location, number of persons to be served, proposed use of funds, staff capacity and how the project utilizes a Housing First Approach and will participate in Coordinated Entry.

All LOIs must be sent to Jonathon Jones by 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019.   UPDATE: The deadline for Letters of Intent for organizations seeking to apply for Emergency Solutions Grant funding in the FY 2019-20 Competition has been extended to Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 

The extension has been provided so prospective applicants may attend an in-person technical assistance session being offered by the ESG office on August 13, 2019.




The 2019-20 ESG Project Application, Application Instructions and other required forms are available on the ESG Program website:  ncdhhs.gov

ESG Match Funds have been secured by the NC Department of Health and Human Services for this funding cycle. Applicants are not required to provide dollar for dollar match, but are encouraged to demonstrate how additional non-ESG funds are leveraged.

The City of Asheville is eligible to serve as Fiscal Sponsor. If the City is not approved, agencies will contract directly with the ESG Office. Applicant agencies will then be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the CoC’s requirements for community participation, performance, compliance and reporting.


Project Applications must be submitted electronically to the City of Asheville by Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.


The Finance Subcommittee of the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee will review applications and develop funding recommendations. Once approved by the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee and Asheville Homeless Coalition, the funding recommendations will be made to the Housing and Community Development Committee for final approval by City Council.

Final digital and hard copies for the Regional Application submission will be due by October 2, 2019. Additional instructions for updating, labeling, formatting and submitting project applications will be provided to applicants recommended for funding.


The Regional Application will be submitted to the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) by October 11, 2019.




Jonathon Jones



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