The Iowa Finance Authority is requesting applications for the Iowa Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, for supplemental funding recently made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to respond to, prepare for, or prevent the spread of COVID-19. Approximately $9 million in ESG-CV funds are available.
ESG is a federal program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, designed to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Eligible categories of assistance include Shelter, Street Outreach, Homelessness Prevention, and Rapid Rehousing. Eligible applicants include units of general purpose local government and private nonprofit organizations.
Applicants may apply through three options:
- Option 1: This is a formula option for current grantees of the Iowa Emergency Solutions Grant and/or Iowa Shelter Assistance Fund.
- Option 2: This option is for agencies to provide Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing assistance throughout a designed Coordinated Services (Coordinated Entry) Region for homeless services, with services provided either directly by the applicant and/or through partnerships with subcontracted agencies.
- Option 3: This is for applicants that don’t fit either of the first two categories or otherwise present justification that merits special ESG-CV funding consideration, related to responding to, preparing for, or preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The deadline for applications is Monday, June 8, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.
More information and access to the online application is available