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Applying for DV Bonus Projects During the CoC Program Competition


Date Published: September 2021


The CoC Program FY 2021 NOFA includes funding for Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus projects to establish projects that serve households fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other households that meet the criteria of paragraph (4) of the definition of homeless at 24 CFR 578.3, including survivors of human trafficking.

The boxes below highlight common questions. The resources provide more detailed information about the application process.

A DV Bonus project's ranking on the priority listing will not affect its likelihood of being selected. Whether the project is ranked first, last, or somewhere in between, it has the same chance of being selected.

However, should the submitted DV Bonus project pass all eligibility and quality threshold criteria, but is not selected with DV Bonus funds, the project may still be considered as a new project application under the CoC Bonus process.

If a CoC's DV Bonus project(s) is selected and awarded with DV Bonus funds, HUD removes the project from the CoC's Priority Listing. As a result, projects that had originally been ranked below the selected DV Bonus projects will move up.

If a DV Bonus project is not selected for award using DV Bonus funds, the DV Bonus project remains on the CoC's Priority Listing and will be considered for conditional award, but the funding would count towards the CoC's regular (non-DV) Bonus funding.

Yes, the project applicant uses the New Project Application to submit the application for the DV Bonus project; there is no different type of application.

Note that the CoC Application that is completed by the Collaborative Applicant has additional questions that are specific to the DV Bonus.

Screen 3B. Description

Applicants must include in the description how these funds will be dedicated to the eligible population that must be served.

Screen 4A. Supportive Services for Participants

Applicants must describe how participants will be assisted to obtain and remain in permanent housing. New projects applying for DV Bonus funds must tailor the description to include how the eligible population will be assisted to obtain and remain in permanent housing that addresses their particular needs, including safety, and includes trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches.

Screen 6A. Funding Request:

  • Question 2 asks project applicants to identify the type of funding being requested. Select "DV Bonus."
  • Question 1b asks project applicants to indicate whether the project can realistically be under grant agreement by September 15, 2022. This question is informational only, and the response does not affect the selection of the project. It assists HUD in planning for the award of DV Bonus funds made available through the FY 2020 and FY 2021 Appropriations Acts.

Both Appropriations Acts made funds available under DV Bonus. The FY 2020 DV Bonus funds were not awarded because the annual CoC Program Competition did not take place due to the pandemic. Instead, HUD automatically renewed the projects that had been awarded FY 2019 funds.

The DV Bonus funds available through the FY 2020 Act must be obligated by the September 15, 2022 deadline. Those available through the FY 2021 Act must be obligated by the September 15, 2023 deadline.

Once awards are made, HUD will prioritize new DV Bonus project awards for completing the post-award process.

HUD field offices will reach out to new DV Bonus funded projects to determine readiness for the grant agreement process in an effort to ensure a minimum of $50,000,000 is obligated prior to the September 15, 2022 deadline. All such DV Bonus projects will be funded from the FY 2020 appropriations. All remaining DV Bonus projects will be funded from FY 2021 appropriations with grant agreements executed by September 15, 2023.


These resources expand on the information above, provide a graphic illustration of how the ranking and award process works, and offer additional guidance.

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