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Emergency Shelter Grants Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Grant awards should be made within 45 days of HUD's receipt and approval of the Consolidated Plan. A State should make available to its recipients all of its grant allocation within 65 days of the date of the grant award by HUD. A State recipient should have its entire grant obligated by 180 days from the date on which the State made the grant available to it, and spent the entire grant within 24 months of this date. For State homeless prevention funds, the State may continue to make available homeless prevention funds within 180 days of grant award. State recipient local government agencies and nonprofit organizations then have 30 days to obligate the funds, and up to 24 months to spend them. Each local government grantee should have all of its grant obligated by 180 days from its grant award by HUD, and entirely spent within 24 months.

Formula and Matching Requirements

After the ESG appropriation is set aside for the territories, the amount of each grant for formula grantees is determined by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula using several objective measures of community need, including poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and growth lag. Allocations among the territories are based on their populations. If, according to the formula, an eligible government receives less than .05 percent of the yearly appropriation, then that grant is added to the allocation for that State. A State must allocate to its local governments or to nonprofit organizations the entire grant, except for the up to five percent used to administer the grant. The administrative funds must be shared with local government grantees in that State. Grantees must match grant funds with an equal amount of funds from other sources including donated material or a building, leasehold value, additional staff salaries, and volunteer time.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.