Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

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

Phoenix, AZ, October 22, 2021 – The Local Boards of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal and Yavapai Counties are requesting proposals for possible funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in those counties for Phase 39.

The amount of funding for Phase 39 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 is made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Local EFSP Boards are 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 Arizona Food Bank Network and the Arizona Housing Coalition. They will determine how the possible funds awarded to these Counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area that will expand the capacity of their food and shelter programs. The Local Board is 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 these Local EFSP Boards in Phase 39.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
• be a 501 (c)(3) non-profit or a unit of government,
• have a DUNS number,
• 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 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.

How to Apply:

  • Agencies interested in applying for funding in Phase 39 MUST email WHEAT at EFSP@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, October 25, 2021.  The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, November 5, 2021 at Noon.
  • Applicants new to the process will need to attend a Zoom orientation session on the funding and application process prior to applying.

Questions concerning EFSP or the Application Process may be directed to WHEAT by email 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.

 


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, Updated October 6, 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.

 Any nonprofit, faith-based or government agency that can document expenditures made to migrants encountered by DHS at the southern border may be considered to receive funds for eligible services provided; current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for application submission in ARPA. Eligible 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. Most of the funding is anticipated to be awarded to service organizations from southern border states where the greatest needs are expected to be met.

To allow more opportunities for agencies to submit applications for funding, there will be multiple open application periods.

 

  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.