Updated: City Now Accepting Applications for 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Funds

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UPDATED: The Application period will now close on May 14th 2021 at 11:59pm.

On April 15th, 2021, the City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division will start accepting applications for 2021 CDBG Public Services and ESG grant funds. The Division anticipates making approximately $490,000 in CDBG grant funds and $240,000 in ESG grant funds available for eligible projects within the City of Colorado Springs. The minimum request amount is $25,000.00. The Application Period will close on May 14th 2021 at 11:59pm MST. Non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, and public agencies are invited to apply, provided they meet federal eligibility requirements.

 2021 CDBG Public Services and ESG NOFA

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services funds generally support service delivery costs for organizations serving low- to moderate-income communities. The priority areas for 2021 projects are:

  • Housing stability: Programs that serve households with vital services related to obtaining and keeping safe and stable housing. This includes but is not limited to: Housing counseling or navigation services, eviction prevention, and childcare, food access, aging in place strategies, etc.
  • Whole Health and Family safety: Programs that serve household who have lost their income and seek to keep safe and stable housing. This includes but is not limited to : Rental housing subsidies, subsistence payments, and security deposits.
  • Resilience: Programs that help individuals and families emerge from incidents of crisis stronger. This includes but is not limited to: Legal services, transportation services, and employment training.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds help homeless service providers deliver services to families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Eligible applicants must collaborate with the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care and participate in Coordinated Entry where applicable. The priority areas for 2021 projects are:

  • Homelessness Prevention: Housing relocation and stabilization services and short- and/or medium-term rental assistance as necessary to prevent individuals or families from becoming homeless.
  • Rapid Re-Housing: Housing relocation and stabilization services and/or short-and/or medium term rental assistance as necessary to help individuals or families living in shelters or in places not meant for human habitation move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing
  • Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Funds participation in the HMIS collection and analyses of data on individuals and families who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness. Only the PPCoC HMIS-lead is eligible to apply for HMIS funding.
  • Street Outreach: Programs that are designated to meet the immediate needs of the unsheltered population by connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, and/or other critical services. This includes but is not limited to: Engagement, case management, emergency health services, transportation, and services for special populations.

Applicants must register online with Neighborly Software in order to prepare and submit an application. For more information, please go to the application here or go to the Division website at www.coloradosprings.gov/community-development.

We recommend at least 1 representative (preferably the grant administrator) attend an online digital office hours session. CDD staff will host digital office hours to offer technical assistance and go over specific questions from applicants on the following dates:

Digital Office Hours: April 28th, 2021 1PM – 2PM,

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+1 720-617-3426,,731198231#   United States, Denver

Phone Conference ID: 731 198 231#

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Digital Office Hours: April 29th, 2021 2PM-3PM

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+1 720-617-3426,,367670361#   United States, Denver

Phone Conference ID: 367 670 361#

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Digital Office Hours: April 30th, 2021 10AM-11AM

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+1 720-617-3426,,969134335#   United States, Denver

Phone Conference ID: 969 134 335#

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Please note: We encourage applicants to attend one session of digital office hours for information and inquiries. No registration necessary. We advise that applicants review the 2021 CDBG and ESG Application Guide and take advantage of the digital office hours to assess one’s eligibility and fully understand the requirements before an agency invests the time and resources necessary to apply.

2021 CDBG/ESG Application Guide 

There is no limit to the number of applications that an agency may submit, but each request for funding should be submitted as its own application. Applications selected for funding may receive less than the requested amount, depending on the number of applications received and the available funding. By applying, funding is not guaranteed to any agency or project.

For more information about the application process or office hours, please contact Naomi Clark at naomi.clark@coloradosprings.gov or at (719) 385-6609

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