Applications, Ranking & Scoring: A Community Grant Update

By Robbie Conrad & Dawn Gilman


It’s been a busy time as the past two months have involved multiple application submissions, ranking, scoring, and more for a large number of grants. It is easy to get overwhelmed by where we are in the process of each grant. This Community Grant Update provides clarity on the grant cycles currently being worked through, as well as the status of where we are as a community for each grant.

Department of Children and Families (DCF) Grants

  • There are three grants through the Department of Children and Families for which the community is currently in various stages of the application process: the Challenge Grant, the Emergency Services Grant (ESG), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). All applications are submitted to Changing Homelessness, who in turn presents an application to DCF as it is the only eligible applicant according to DCF policies.


  • The ESG State grant applications were received by Changing Homelessness from four agencies: Barnabas, Community Connections, Micah’s Place, and Salvation Army. This grant is for Clay and Nassau counties only. The Grant Review Team met in mid-May 2016 for ranking and scoring of the applications. On the team were both Lili High and Sabrina Cluesman. Changing Homelessness submitted the overall application to DCF on June 6, 2016, and the community has been preliminarily awarded.


  • The TANF grant application window opened in June 2016 with the goal of selecting one agency to receive DCF funds in the amount of $70,000. The application was submitted to DCF by Changing Homelessness on June 30, 2016 after the Grant Review Team determined Catholic Charities was ranked and scored the highest out of all three applicants. The team was made up of Carl Falconer, Joe Johnson, Larry Gonzales and John Wright. The Catholic Charities application was designed for projects not just involving emergency assistance for clients, but for food, connection to benefits and referrals to workforce development for employment opportunities. Our community has not received a preliminary TANF award as of this time.


  • The Challenge grant applications were submitted to Changing Homelessness on July 26. The ranking and scoring by the Grant Review Team took place on August 1. The team was comprised of Teri Ketchum and Carl Falconer. The six applications from Ability Housing, Barnabas, CHI (Diversion Program – Sulzbacher and MHRC), JASMYN, Salvation Army and Mental Health America were all approved, with minor revisions to meet the $300,000 budget. The application to the state was submitted by Changing Homelessness on August 9th and the anticipated date to post notice of grants awarded by the State is September 2, 2016. When more information is available, it will be immediately provided to the community.



  • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a grant run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant monies for this program were specifically allocated by Congress for agency projects ranging from funding mass shelters to providing meal services to clients. In total, Duval County was allotted $461,437, which includes administrative costs.


  • The ranking and scoring of the twelve applications received was completed in mid-August and the agencies’ revised applications are due back on Thursday, August 18th. The applications will then be submitted collectively to FEMA by Changing Homelessness, as the agency is the designated lead for submissions.


Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant

  • The Continuum of Care (CoC) grant is an annual competitive grant administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Locally, Changing Homelessness is the universal applicant, responsible for the preparation and submission of the grant.


  • The project review team will meet on Wednesday, August 24th to rank and review 22 project submissions for the community. The full application to HUD will be available on the Changing Homelessness website by September 14th.



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