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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant Funds Available June 2018

United Way of Thurston County is now accepting applications for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grants. EFSP are Federal Funds awarded through the Department of Homeland Security. This program is to provide supplemental assistance to social service agencies providing emergency food and shelter. Thurston County was allotted approximately $132,000 for this current 2018 funding for Phase 35.

The intent of this program is for the purchase of food, supplies and/or shelter to supplement and expand current available resources and not to substitute or reimburse ongoing programs and services or to start new programs. We seek lead organizations who have the capability to manage federal funds. The Local Board encourages collaboration among social service organizations to apply for this specific funding purpose, maximizing bulk purchasing, storage and distribution opportunities.

The application form is available here.

Applicants must provide:

1.       Application cover sheet

2.       Narrative questions answered

3.       Project budget

4.       Most recent IRS form 990

5.       Do you have a current annual audited Financial Statement?         Yes         No

Applications are due by email in PDF form to at United Way of Thurston County no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2018.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The national board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

During its 35 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $4.198 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

Funds from EFSP are distributed to each county in the United States based on its current population size, unemployment rate, and poverty rate.