Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

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The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provides federal funds to assist individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. ESG funds five program components:

  • Street outreach
  • Emergency shelter
  • Homelessness prevention 
  • Rapid re-housing assistance 
  • Data collection via Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)


The application period for Program Year 2019 CDBG Public Services and ESG funding is open as of October 29, 2018. Applications are due in ZoomGrants by midnight on November 30, 2018.

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All applications are reviewed by City staff to determine eligibility, completeness, and to assess risk. After each application is reviewed by City staff, the application will be reviewed and ranked by a review panel. Applications will be rated using a numerical scoring process (see link below)  that considers the project's overall benefit to the community, agency experience and cost reasonableness. The funding year is April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 2019.

ESG Written Standards 

The City of Colorado Springs has developed written standards for providing assistance with Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds. These standards were created in coordination with the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care (PPCoC) which includes nonprofit and for profit homeless service providers inclusive of health, mental health, and substance abuse providers, local, state and federal government representatives, businesses and corporations, philanthropic organizations and individuals, and persons currently or having formerly experienced homelessness within the CoC geographic area. These written standards are subject to periodic updates.

ESG Written Standards (Updated April 2017)