Application for $7 million in grant funds for housing to be released October 27

The State of Georgia releases the 2022 CHIP Grant Application for up to $7 million in federal funds for affordable housing activities

The purpose of the Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) is to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing in Georgia by granting funds to city and county governments, public housing authorities, and nonprofits to 1.) rehabilitate owner-occupied homes, and 2.) build and renovate affordable single-family homes for sale to eligible homebuyers.

The CHIP program does not provide direct assistance to individual homeowners and homebuyers. If you are a homeowner in need of financial assistance for repairs to your home, please contact your local government to inquire about housing assistance.  You can also email chip@dca.ga.gov to assist you with locating resources that may be available in your area.

If you are a homebuyer, DCA’s Georgia Dream  Homeownership Program provides affordable mortgage financing and down payment assistance for eligible homebuyers.

CHIP Application Process

During the 2022 CHIP competitive grant application round, the State of Georgia will award $7 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds to the following eligible applicants for the following activities to be carried out between August 2022 and July 2024. 

Eligible Applicants:

  • Eligible CHIP grant applicants include local governments, nonprofits with 501(c)3/(c)4 designation, and public housing authorities.

CHIP Activities and Funding Amounts:

  • Housing rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes: grants up to $400,000
  • New construction and/or rehabilitation of homes for sale to eligible homebuyers: grants up to $600,000

New CHIP applicants are encouraged to apply under the set-aside consideration. These applicants must demonstrate current and/or past community development efforts to better improve their community. In addition, applicants that apply for the consideration have not received CHIP funds or State CDBG funds for housing in the last ten years. These awards are only available to local units of governments and not available for nonprofit or public housing authority applicants.

Application Submission Instructions:

New to the 2022 CHIP application process is grant applicants will now submit the 2022 CHIP application online using the new DCA grant portal, the Grant Application Administration and Management (GRAAM) system where applicants can learn about and apply for all DCA grant programs.  The 2022 CHIP Application Manual is available to be viewed and downloaded from this DCA CHIP webpage in the applications section and the GRAAM Portal User Guide, and GRAAM Applicant Submission Instructions isare available to be viewed and downloaded from this DCA CHIP webpage in the manuals section.  If you require technical assistance with the application portal, you can contact eCivis at support@eCivis.com.

Before you get started, please watch this GRAAM application instructions video: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/3106533076436880911

To start your 2022 CHIP application submission please go to the GRAAM applicant portal: https://portal.ecivis.com/#/login

2022 CHIP Grant Schedule:

  • Application release: October 27, 2021 
  • Register for the 2022 CHIP Application Training Webinar on November 17, 2021, at 10:00 AM EDT:
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6363277727849091598
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    • The webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be added to this site as soon as it is available after November 17th.
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2022
  • Grant term: two years