Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

Funding Through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Humanitarian Relief Is Announced

Phoenix, AZ, April 21, 2021 – The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board (hereafter, National Board) is pleased to announce that the application period for funding through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Humanitarian Relief, opened on April 19.  Total funding is $110 million available to organizations that provided, or will provide, services to families and individuals from the southern border. Nonprofits, faith-based, and government organizations that provide shelter, food, transportation, basic heath and first aid, COVID-19 testing and associated medical care needed during quarantine and isolation, and other supportive services may apply.

To allow more opportunities for agencies to submit applications for funding, there will be multiple open application periods.  The first open application period begins on April 19, 2021 and will be for eligible expenditures incurred on or after January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021.  The application will close on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Applications submitted after the April 30, 2021 deadline will not be considered for reimbursement in this application period.  If your agency has already submitted documentation to WHEAT for reimbursement for January 1 – March 31, 2021, you do not need to apply again for this funding. 

To Qualify for Funding:

  • Applicant agencies must be nonprofit, faith-based, or governmental
  • Provide eligible services to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS)
  • Current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for application submission.
  • Documentation for all application expenditures must be supported with proof of payment (e.g., cancelled check, credit card statement, etc.) or a receipt reflecting the purchase. Only one of these is required.

The ARPA Humanitarian Relief Application consists of five categories of service. All expenditures made by agencies must fall within one of the categories. 

  • Primary – includes only food and shelter
  • Secondary – includes, but is not limited to, health/medical services
  • Administrative – includes, but is not limited to, temporary staff, permanent and voluntary staff overtime, and postage
  • Equipment and Assets – includes purchases and leases, and necessary renovations to make facilities safe, sanitary, and compliant with local codes (e.g., showers)
  • Transportation – includes local and long-distance travel (e.g. taxi, bus, air, train) for families and individuals encountered by DHS and for agency staff that may be required to assist them

Organizations can access the application and guidance directly on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program website, under the Supplemental Funding Info tab, for the $110 million in humanitarian relief funding made available to assist migrants assisted by the Department of Homeland Security.

WHEAT is available to provide assistance to agencies who wish to apply but may feel uncertain about the process.  Contact:  EFSP@HungerHurts.org or 602/955.5076 to begin the process.

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WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger and poverty organization staffing the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal & Yavapai Counties and the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee.

 

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The full advance message can be found by clicking here.

This notice is to advise that the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is now making available all remaining Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) funds for a Round 3 application period; approximately $4.1 million remains for distribution. Since relatively so few dollars remain, eligible expenses will be considered and prioritized for reimbursement according to sheltering, feeding, transportation, basic heath and first aid, and then other supportive services. The allowable time period for eligible expenditures will be provided in the Round 3 Guidance that will be made available in the coming weeks.

The National Board is sending this preliminary notice to advise of the funding opportunity and so that interested nonprofit and government agencies may begin to anticipate what expenditures they would like to submit in their applications for reimbursement. Any nonprofit or government agency can apply for the funds; current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for participation. Only agencies that can document expenditures made to migrants released from DHS custody at the southern border are considered to receive funds for eligible services provided. Previous participation in the first and second application rounds do not preclude an organization from applying in the third round for eligible services provided.

Please note that this funding is separate from other funding administered by the EFSP, including for Fiscal Year 2019 (Phase 37), Fiscal Year 2020 (Phase 38), and Phase CARES.

ACTIONS REQUIRED:

  • Agencies – Interested agencies should prepare for the application process by gathering and organizing the necessary documentation for eligible service expenditures.
  • Local Boards – Local Boards should broadly share information with agencies (nonprofit and governmental) in the community via their networks and coalitions, including social media, as appropriate, regarding potential funding. This notification should aim to reach all agencies whether they have participated in the EFSP in the past.
  • SSA Committees – Each SSA Committee is asked to contact the Governor’s office of their state to advise of the funding opportunity.

Time is of the essence in the distribution of these funds; therefore, SSAs, Local Boards and agencies should be prepared for an accelerated application process.

The National Board recognizes that organizations have been facing an increase in the number of migrants seeking safe asylum and that they are once again stepping up to provide this essential assistance.  Please expect to see additional details in the coming weeks as the National Board develops the program guidance for this Round 3 application period. The full message with more information is attached.

For questions regarding this preliminary notice in Maricopa, Yavapai, Gila, Apache, Navajo & Pinal Counties please contact the EFSP staff at WHEAT – EFSP@HungerHurts.org

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WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger and poverty organization staffing the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal & Yavapai Counties and the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee.