Generally, city governments are asked to take on the responsibility of preparing the application and assuming the role of lead organization during the application process and three year program. Any incorporated municipality in the state of Georgia may apply, excepting municipalities which are not listed as Qualified Local Governments by DCA. In cases where another local government entity (county government or local housing authority) would be more appropriate as the lead organization, that entity may apply with approval of the selection committee. Application instructions include additional details.

Please read application instructions carefully. Applications must be received via email by 5pm on July 26th, 2019. Both the Letter of Intent and Application should be sent via email to Jermaine Durham at

Schedule of Events 2019

Event Date(s)
Application Released April 29, 2019

Informational Webinar:

Posted May 16, 2019 

Visit the GICH Booth in the Exhibit Hall at the Georgia Municipal Association Annual Convention in Savannah

June 21-25, 2019
Letter of Intent Due June 28, 2019
Application Due

July 26, 2019

Site Visits to Finalist Communities Late August, 2019
Selection Announcement Early October, 2019
Pre-retreat Orientation Meeting Set local meetings for late October 2019
First Retreat February, 2020 (dates TBD)
Second Retreat September, 2020 (dates TBD)