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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Application Process

Contracts for Federal ESG and HOPWA activities will be for a twelve-month period effective January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Twelve month contracts for the State Emergency Shelter Grant program are effective September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013. 

The 2013 application deadline for ESG, SESG & HOPWA closed on January 28, 2013. The 2014 funding proposal call will be posted on this website when it is made available in December 2013. 

Click on arrows on the right to get more information on each step listed below.

Funding Application Process:

1. Notice of Funding Availability Issued

The City of New Orleans issues a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) federal formula grants awarded to the City of New Orleans by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include Home Investment Partnership (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG/SESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA). 

Only organizations certified on the Registry of Community Organizations are eligible to receive competitive funding under the NOFA.

The Notice of Funding Availability will include application(s) and due date(s). All applications must be complete in order to be considerate for review.  

The 2015 -2016 application deadline for ESG, SESG & HOPWA release date, November 11, 2015 and is due on December 21, 2015. The 2015 -2016 HOME NOFA will be released on the OCD Website at a date to be determined. 

Application Submission Information

Application packets are available in MS Word format from the Office of Community Development, and are posted online.  All applications must be complete in order to be considered for review.  Unless an exhibit is labeled “if applicable,” you must submit all required exhibits.  Proposals must be complete at the time of submission.  No addenda will be accepted after the deadline date for submission of proposals unless specifically requested by the Review Panel.

An original and two (2) hardcopies of the NOFA application, as well as one (1) copy of the Registry Application must be delivered to:  The Office of Community Development, 1340 Poydras Street, 10th Floor, N.O., LA 70112, no later than Monday, December 21, 2015, 3:00p.m. Central Standard Time, to be considered for funding.  The NOFA application must be emailed to Madelyn Cosey Sanchez at  no later than Monday, December 21, 2015.

For 2016, HOME NOFA, a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) date will be determined for release on the OCD website.

3. Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the Office of Community Development to ensure the two step application process meet the following requirements:

  • the Registered Organization meet minimum eligibility requirements to receive federal and state grant funds through Office of Community Development. 
  • Applicant organizations must be a Legal Business
  • Possess a U.S Federal Tax Identification (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN)

  • Organizations are in compliance with applicable civil laws and Executive Orders regarding fair housing and equal opportunity.

4. Application Scoring

Applications will be scored against a standard set of criteria.  The following core selection criteria apply to the continuum of care components of the NOFA:

  1. Needs Assessment & Target Population 
  2. Agency Background and Experience
  3. Coordination and Collaboration
  4. Approach to Providing Services
  5. Financial

5. When Applicable, Currently/Previously Funded Agencies Evaluated

Currently funded agencies or agencies who have received prior funding will also be evaluated on past performance in carrying out programmatic activities and contractual compliance.  Factors considered will include:

  • agency ability to meet service delivery goals
  • timely expenditure of funds
  • timely reporting
  • accuracy of reporting
  • ability to meet audit requirements
  • attendance at meetings


6. Notification Letter

The City of New Orleans will notify conditionally-selected applicants in writing.  Notification of award is not a guarantee of funding.  Award letters will include conditions of award that must be met prior to the receipt of funding.

As necessary, the Office of Community Development will request conditionally-selected applicants to submit additional project information. Applicants will also be notified of the deadline for submission of such requested information.  If an applicant is unable to meet any condition of grant award within the specified time frame, the City of New Orleans reserves the right to rescind the notice of award and to use available funds for other applicable programs

7. Reports Required from Funded Agencies

Awardees who have gone through the funding application process and received conditional awarding of monies will be required to submit the following reports

  • Monthly Programmatic Services/Direct Benefit Reports
  • Monthly Program Income Reports (as applicable)
  • Monthly Cost Control Statements
  • Section 3 Reports
  • Contractor/Subcontractor Activity Reports
  • Report of Matching Funds
  • Annual Reports
  • Other – Reports as Requested by OCD

Reports must be submitted with the required level of detail in a timely manner.  Reporting requirements must be strictly followed.  Failure to comply may result in the discontinuation of funding and/or the termination of contracts.

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Last updated: 12/8/2015 5:26:12 PM

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