How to Apply

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. Howeever, any incorporated municipality in the state of Georgia may apply, except 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.  Please note that for the 2023 cycle, all letters of intent (LOIs) and GICH applications must be submitted electronically, via Qualtrics. Below are the links to the LOI submission page and the GICH 2023 electronic application.  You will also find a fillable PDF version of the application.  Feel free to review and share this version of the application.  However, the official application must be submitted electronically via the link below.  Prospective communities must submit LOIs by Friday, July 7th.  Completed appications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM EST on Monday July 31st, 2023.  Late applications will not be accepted.   For all application related questions, please contact the GICH program director Jermaine Durham by phone (706-542-4949) or via email (  

GICH Application Schedule of Events 2023

Event Date(s)
Application Release May 1st

Live Informational Webinars

Click here access the zoom link for the 2023 GICH Informational Webinars & Application Q&A

Click the links below to view the recording and download slides from the May, 19th Informational Webinar


May 19th (10:00AM -11:30AM) Register here

June 16th (10:00AM -11:30AM) Register here

Application Q&A 

July 21st (10:00AM - 11:00AM) No registration required

Letter of Intent Due

Access the 2023 GICH LOI Submission page here. 

July 7th

Application Due

Access and Submit the 2023 GICH Application here.

Download the Fillable PDF 2023 GICH Application here.

July 31st by 5:00pm EST

Site Visits to Finalist Communities Late August & Early September
Selection Announcement During Fall GICH Retreat
Pre-retreat Orientation Meeting Early December 
First Retreat TBD
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