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Emergency Food and Shelter Program


Emergency Food and Shelter Program 


Invitation to apply for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant – Phase 39

Funds from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Phase 39 of approximately $102,606 have been awarded. Thurston County as also been allotted approximately $317,131 for EFSP American Rescue Plan Act-Regular (ARPA-R).  Orginizations applying for ARPA-R funding must verify that funds applied for will address needs brought forth by COVID-19.

Non-profit, faith-based or governmental organizations that provide emergency food or shelter are eligible to apply. The intent is to supplement and expand current available resources for emergency food and shelter in Thurston County. Priority is based on the needs of the community.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., April 29th, 2022.

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Important EFSP and ARPA-R Grant Application Procedures

Organizations interested in applying for a portion of the available funds should review the EFSP Manual online for changes to the programs. Organizations who are considering applying for EFSP or ARPA-R funds are strongly recommended to sign up for one of the training courses. Contact below to sign up for a session. Click here to view the video of the training.  The board will begin reviewing applications received ten business days from the date of publication of the grant announcement. NO additional information will be accepted after submitting the application; late or incomplete applications will be rejected.

People with questions about the application may contact Paul Larsen at 360-943-2773 ext.113. Questions about ARPA-R and EFSP rules and regulations should be directed to Cathy King, Coordinator at 360-943-2773 ext. 100.