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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant Funds Available - October 2017

United Way of Thurston County is now accepting applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grants. EFSP is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program to provide supplemental assistance to social service agencies providing emergency food and shelter. Thurston County was allotted approximately $16,000 for this current 2017 funding Phase 34.

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. The Local (Thurston County) Board has established the priority of making resources available for at-risk individuals, families, and youth for emergency overnight shelter services providing a safety net and essential items including food. (see attachment for examples)  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.

We anticipate funding one or two projects out of available funds.  

Click here for the application form.
Click here for examples of covered and non-covered costs. 

Applicants must provide:

1.      Application cover sheet

2.      Two narrative questions answered in a maximum of 2 pages

3.      Project Budget

4.      Most recent IRS form 990

Applications are due by email in PDF form to  at United Way of Thurston County by noon, Friday, October 27th, 2017.  Please submit your application, project budget and 990 Form (990 Form as a separate PDF file)