A. Purpose and Funding Available Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Grants Competition. At this time, the City of Durham's Community Development Department (CDD), as the Lead Agency, for the Durham CoC, is soliciting pre-applications from organizations interested in submitting one or more project applications for the 2020 HUD CoC competition. The CDD anticipates that HUD will release the 2020 CoC NOFA in late June or July 2020 with a submission deadline in late September 2020. The CDD also anticipates that the Durham CoC will be eligible to apply for about $1.5 million, approximately the same amount of CoC funding that Durham applied for in 2019, in the 2020 CoC Homeless Grants Competition.
B. Eligible Organizations Organizations that apply for a HUD CoC grant must be either a nonprofit organization, an entity of State or Local Government, an instrumentality of State or Local Government, or a public housing authority.
Organizations may apply for renewal funding for three types of projects: 1. to continue to implement a project that has been awarded funds in a previous CoC grants competition, 2. to implement a new project for an eligible activity, or 3. to implement a project that would expand the capacity of an existing CoC-funded housing project.
Only one pre-application per organization is required. Organizations that intend to submit more than one full CoC project application during the application phase of this competition, which will be conducted after HUD releases the 2020 NOFA, will submit one pre-application, but include information in the pre-application indicating their intention to submit multiple CoC project applications.
C. Pre-application Schedule The schedule for the pre-application phase of Durham's 2020 CoC grants competition is as follows:
April 13, 2020: This ZoomGrants website is opened to the public.
April 14, 2020: CDD conducts a webinar for representatives of interested organizations.
April 24, 2020: Deadline for Submission of Written Questions concerning the pre-application and/or pre-application process
May 6, 2020: Deadline for Posting of Responses from CDD to any Written Questions to www.durhamcoc.org.
May 15, 2020: Deadline for Submission of Pre-applications within this ZoomGrants website. Pre-applications must be submitted by 3 PM, EDT.
May 27, 2020: Deadline for CDD to notify organizations whether their pre-application has been approved or if additional documentation or corrections are needed to address any deficiencies that prevent CDD from approving the pre-application
June 1, 2020: Deadline for organizations to provide documentation to address any deficiencies in the pre-application.
June 4, 2020: Final deadline for CDD to notify organizations if deficiencies in the original pre-application have been corrected and the organization has been approved for submission of full CoC applications.
June 9, 2020: Deadline for organizations who have not had their pre-application approved by CDD to appeal this decision to the HSAC's Executive Committee.
June 19, 2020: Deadline for the HSAC's Executive Committee to make a final decision on whether an organization is approved for submission of one or more full CoC project applications.
D. Pre-application Review and Approval Process. Pre-applications will be reviewed to ensure that all supporting documents have been submitted and that the organization has the capacity to implement its proposed project(s). As noted in the Pre-application Schedule above, organizations that have not provided satisfactory documentation initially will be provided an opportunity to correct any deficiencies by submitting additional documentation to the Community Development Department. Organizations that, in the judgment of the CDD, still fail to qualify for submitting a full CoC project application may submit an appeal in writing to the HSAC's Executive Committee.
This is a competitive grants process. All projects submitting a project application may not be recommended by the Durham CoC to HUD for funding, and all projects recommended to HUD for funding may not be awarded HUD funding. Pre-applications are not ranked during this phase of the CoC Homeless Grants Competition.
CDD reserves the right to reopen this competition and/or solicit additional pre-applicants if, after HUD releases the CoC NOFA, the Department determines that HUD is making available to the Durham CoC more funds than the original pre-applicants are intending to apply for and/or if the NOFA indicates that funds are available for an activity that the original pre-applicants have not indicated that they intend to apply for.