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Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) (North Dakota)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    North Dakota Department of Commerce


    The Emergency Solutions Grant is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance to facilities and programs within North Dakota to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. 

    Eligible ESG activities include: 

    • Street Outreach - Funds may be used for costs of providing essential services to reach out to unsheltered homeless; connect them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services; and provide urgent non-facility-based care to unsheltered homeless who are unwilling or unable to access emergency shelter, housing or an appropriate health facility
    • Shelter Activities - Funds may be used for costs of providing essential services to individuals and families in shelters, renovating buildings to be used as emergency shelters, and operating emergency shelters.
    • Homelessness Prevention - Funds may be used to provide relocation and stabilization assistance and rental assistance to prevent an individual or household from becoming homeless
    • Rapid Re-housing Assistance - Funds may be used to provide relocation and stabilization assistance and rental assistance to help a homeless individual or household move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing. Rapid Re-Housing Assistance may be provided to individuals and households lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence or any individual or family who is fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, assault or other life threatening conditions that relate to violence.
    • Homeless Management Information System - Funds may be used to pay the costs of participating in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Costs include: hardware, software licenses or equipment; obtaining technical support; staff time for completing data entry and analysis; monitoring and reviewing data quality; HUD approved training; reporting; and coordinating and integrating the system. 

    The Division of Community Services currently awards grant funds directly to emergency/homeless shelters and agencies throughout the state to provide for activities such as operational expenses (utilities, insurances, furnishings/appliances, etc.) and essential services (case management, medical, laundry, transportation, etc.), homeless prevention, rapid re-housing and HMIS (Homeless Management Information System).


    History of Funding

    2019 ESG recipients can be viewed at

    Additional Information

    Applicants must coordinate and integrate, to the maximum extent practicable, ESG funded activities with other programs targeted to homeless people. Services must be coordinated to provide a strategic, community-wide system to prevent and end homelessness for the area. Examples of targeted homeless services are: CoC programs; PATH programs; HUD-VASH; Programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth, Emergency Food and Shelter Programs and Healthcare for the Homeless, etc.


    Division of Community Services

    Division of Community Services
    1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
    Bismark, ND 58503
    (701) 328-5300

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants must be federally recognized non-profits or units of local government. Governmental organizations such as public housing agencies and local housing finance agencies are not eligible applicants under the ESG Program. Eligible applicants include North Dakota emergency/homeless shelters and agencies. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by May 29, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    New application date for FY2022 has not been posted. If you have questions, please contact Keylee Engelhard at (701) 328-4559.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary based on program area. For FY 2022, an approximate amount of $480,229 in federal and state funding will be available. Awards are limited up to $50,000. Cost sharing/matching of 50% the total program cost is required. Matching funds may be obtained from any source, including any Federal source, as well as state, local and private sources.

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