Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

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January 20, 2020

(This notification is being sent by email to apprise Local Boards, State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees, and interested local social service organizations of the Round 2 Application Period schedule for the Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance [SAHA] funding made available under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.)

The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act was signed into law on July 1, 2019. The Act provides humanitarian aid to the southern border, including $30 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The $30 million funding is to assist local communities that have been helping a significant influx of southern border migrants released from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. Specifically, the funds are used to reimburse eligible nonprofit and government agencies that have expended funds on or after January 1, 2019 and are to remain available through September 30, 2020.
The National Board will provide updated guidance and other supportive materials prior to the beginning of the Round 2 Application Period based on input and recommendations received from Local Boards, SSA Committees, and local social service organizations that participated in the Round 1 Application Period. It is anticipated that the materials will be placed on the EFSP website, http://www.efsp.unitedway.org, not later than February 12, 2020. Prior to placement on the EFSP website, another notice will be sent by email to provide further information.

In the meantime, the National Board is sending this notice to
1) advise of the continuing funds opportunity;
2) communicate the Round 2 Application Period schedule; and
3) remind local social service organizations, who are interested in applying for funds, of the importance of obtaining a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) as soon as possible, if not done so already.

Any nonprofit or government agency may apply for funds, and current or former EFSP participation is not required. Those that participated in the Round 1 Application Period are also not precluded from applying in the Round 2 Application Period. For the Round 2 Application Period, the National Board has determined any agency that provided services from January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020, will be considered to receive funds. Agencies that participated in the Round 1 Application Period may apply in the Round 2 Application Period for reimbursement of new eligible costs that were not previously funded in the Round 1 Application Period. Any expenditures outside this timeframe will not be considered for reimbursement. Local Boards may submit administrative expenses, related to the completion of the application process, through February 29, 2020.

Following is the Round 2 Application Period schedule:

Agency Application Available                                                                           02/17/2020—03/16/2020
Local Board Application Available                                                                          03/17/2020—04/06/2020
National Board Processing, including staff review of applications         04/07/2020—5/01/2020
Notice of Award to Local Boards and State Set-Aside Committees                Week of May 4, 2020

Each agency that applies for funding must ensure they have the following:

• A Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number. DUNS numbers are issued by Dun &
Bradstreet (D&B) at no cost. Link to apply for DUNS: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
• A Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Link to apply for the FEIN: www.irs.gov

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the EFSP staff at suppfund@uww.unitedway.org or 703.706.9660. __________________________________________________________________________________

Request for Proposals for Possible Funding to Supplement Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in Apache, Maricopa & Navajo Counties Is Announced

Phoenix, AZ, January 22, 2019 – The Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Maricopa County and the Arizona State Set Aside Committee acting on behalf of EFSP in Apache and Navajo Counties, is requesting proposals for possible funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in those counties for Phase 36. The amount of funding for Phase 36 is not known at this time.  The selection of jurisdictions receiving any awards is made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. Funding may be made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Local Maricopa County EFSP Board and Arizona State Set Aside Committee will distribute any funds that may be received through this program that will expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in Apache, Maricopa & Navajo Counties.  The local board and committee, made up of local representatives of local government, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, the Native American Community, United Way of America, the Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Arizona Housing Coalition will determine how the possible  funds awarded to Apache, Maricopa & Navajo Counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board and committee are responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.  The WHEAT organization is acting as the administrative agency for the Local Maricopa County EFSP Board and the Arizona State Set Aside Committee in Phase 36.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • be a 501 (c)(3) non-profit or a unit of government,
  • have an accounting system,
  • practice non-discrimination,
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • and if they are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, have a voluntary board.

The Local Maricopa County EFSP Board will consider the awarding of funds to local organizations for the following purposes:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries (food boxes),
  • Shelter, in the form of lodging in a mass shelter or rental assistance for first month’s rent or late rent.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Individuals cannot apply for this funding.

Agencies interested in applying for funding in Phase 36 must email WHEAT at wheat@HungerHurts.org  for a Password and User ID to access the online application.  Applications are submitted via an online system and will be available on Monday, February 4, 2019.   Applicants new to the process will need to attend an orientation on the funding and application process prior to applying.  The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 

Questions concerning this process may be directed to WHEAT by email wheat@HungerHurts.org or by telephone at 602-955-5076.

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WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger organization staffing the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Apache, Maricopa & Navajo Counties.

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When an EFSP Request For Proposals process is open, there will be an announcement on this website and also in local newspapers. Please follow the directions in the announcement to begin the application process.

To be alerted via email on RFP openings in the future, please send an email to info@efsp-maricopa.org, with ADD TO EFSP INFO LIST, in the Subject Line.