The  current application cycle is closed. The next deadline to apply is September 1, 2019. The application will be available in mid-July.

Eligible Projects

Grants will be made to non-profit organizations (not individuals) that serve the needs of the homeless and very low-income people within the boundaries of the North Georgia Conference. (See map for eligible counties.) Such organizations, if not United Methodist churches, must be recognized by the IRS as non-profit. This support will include, but not be limited to, land acquisition, renovation and construction of shelters, transitional housing, single room occupancy rental units, owner-occupied homes, emergency and seed grants, and for programs and other operating services that meet the needs of low-income and homeless persons.
Priority will be given to United Methodist programs/projects and to projects/programs for transitional and permanent housing. Other requests will be considered as funds are available. We also require a relationship with a United Methodist Church.

Ineligible Projects

The Housing and Homeless Council does not fund preschool, after school or summer camp programs unless they are for children who are experiencing homelessness.

Frequency of Grants

An organization can generally receive funding only once during a 12-month period. The only exceptions to this are when an organization receives an emergency grant, it may apply during the next grant cycle, but the amount of the emergency grant will be deducted from the grant. Very large organizations that work in different areas of North Georgia may submit more than one application for different projects during the same 12-month period.

Types of Grants

The Housing and Homeless Council provides funding for capital grants and operating grants.

1. Operating Grant: A grant for operating expenses to an on-going program that is providing needed services to homeless or very poor persons or to those in transition from homelessness. These are always limited to $2,500. You will not increase your chances of getting a larger grant if you ask for more than $2,500. Please do not ask for more than $2,500 in hopes of getting more than that.

2. Capital Grant: A grant for land or housing acquisition; construction, renovation, or providing fixtures for housing or permanent facilities for services to low-income and/or homeless persons. These are limited to $10,000.

Special Types of Capital Grants (these are capital grants but have lower funding limits):
  • Habitat Grant: A grant for a Habitat for Humanity house. These are limited to $5,000. An application for a Habitat house must come from a United Methodist church or a group in which United Methodist churches are involved. Only one application per build site will be accepted.
  • Renovation Grant for Owner-Occupied Homes: These are projects in which volunteers perform repairs on homes owned and occupied by low-income persons to make the homes habitable. An application for a renovation grant must be from a local United Methodist church or a United Methodist-supported project. These grants are limited to $1,000 per house, or $5,000 for five or more homes.

3. Emergency Grants
An emergency  grant may be for either capital expenses, as for unexpected overrun in construction costs or for project completion in the event of unpredictable capital shortage, or for operating expenses, to ease temporary cash-flow problems. Council by-laws limit these grants to $1,000. These grants are not given during the time between March 1 and mid-May or September 1 and mid-November. Contact the Council office for more information.

Other Restrictions

A church or agency should apply no more than once a year and submit only one request at any time. Specific amounts are needed for requested renovations. Please include documented estimates. If a specific capital project is awarded a grant one year, another grant will not be awarded in future years for that same renovation or project.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for receipt of applications are March 1 and September 1 (or the working day that follows if this date falls on a weekend or holiday). Announcement and distribution of grants are made by June 1 and December 1.