Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
Program funds support the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) by complementing actions undertaken to achieve an ?all-of-Nation preparedness approach that optimizes the use of available resources.? When a disaster strikes, it is often the poor or those with economic vulnerabilities who suffer the most. By providing emergency economic assistance that keeps people off the streets, from being evicted from their homes, or with groceries to prevent hunger, the EFSP prepares a population that could otherwise be even more adversely impacted by a disaster situation and mitigates potential burdens imposed on recovery efforts to assist such people. For additional details on the NPG, please refer to http://www.fema.gov/pdf/prepared/npg.pdf.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
37,392,966 Meals Provided; 4,292,743 Nights of Lodging Provided; 53,622 Rent/Mortgage Payments Made; 101,957 Utility Payments Made. 37,392,966 Meals Provided; 4,292,743 Nights of Lodging Provided; 53,622 Rent/Mortgage Payments Made; 101,957 Utility Payments Made.Fiscal Year 2017
51,994,839 Meals Provided; 3,104,070 Nights of Lodging Provided; 75,100 Rent/Mortgage Payments Made; 82,205 Utility Payments Made.Fiscal Year 2018
51,994,839 Meals Provided; 3,104,070 Nights of Lodging Provided; 75,100 Rent/Mortgage Payments Made; 82,205 Utility Payments Made.
Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended, Title 3, Section 301, Public Law 100-77, 42 U.S.C. 11331-11346
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals), Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals), Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization Since funds are initially distributed to jurisdictions based on either a National Board formula or recommendations from State Set-Aside Committees, there is no application process for jurisdictions. All jurisdictions are considered within the National Board formula and all jurisdictions in an individual State may be considered by the State Set-Aside Committee for either initial or additional (if the jurisdiction had previously been selected by the National Board) funding. At the local level, following award notification by the National Board to the jurisdiction, a Local Board is formed. The Local Board then advertises the availability of the funds to local nonprofit agencies and governments. The Local Board must conduct a local application process for agencies to apply for funding. The Local Board selects which local nonprofit and governmental organizations are to receive funding and submits their selections via a Local Board Plan to the National Board.
Public nonprofit institution/organization, Other public institution/organization The law directs that the Local Boards, which manage the program at the local level, shall "determine which private nonprofit organizations or public organizations of the local government in the individual locality shall receive grants to act as service providers." The range of participant groups on the Local Boards include the affiliates of the National Board membership which consists of American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide, with a local government representative replacing FEMA. Also participating are thousands of independent nonprofits (such as Community Action Agencies and Food Banks and food pantries) which provide food and/or shelter services. Due to the broad category of people in need of such emergency services, the providers can include specialized groups such as domestic violence shelters and organizations providing food or shelter to: AIDS patients, handicapped individuals, the elderly, homeless veterans, non-wards of the State teenage runaways, and many other groups with emergency food and shelter needs. As noted earlier, the decisions on selections are made through the consensus of the Local Board as they have assessed their community's most urgent needs. It is important that such agencies use these funds to supplement, not replace, their current efforts. This program is intended to supplement ongoing programs and allow them to extend and expand upon their existing services.
The program employs a Local Recipient Organization Certification Form. This form certifies an applicant's status (i.e., that it is a nonprofit or government agency capable of delivering eligible services) and that it will abide by the program guidelines (both on eligible spending and reporting requests), and comply with other fiscal and program rules so stipulated.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. There is no application process for local jurisdictions since the award notification to local jurisdictions is based on either a National Board formula or recommendations from State Set-Aside Committees. The local jurisdiction (i.e., Local Board) must conduct a local application process for local agencies to apply for funding.
At the local level, following award notification by the National Board, a Local Board is formed. The Local Board then advertises the availability of the funds to local nonprofit agencies and governments. The Local Board must conduct a local application process for agencies to apply for funding. The Local Board selects which agencies are to receive funding and submits their selections via a Local Board Plan to the National Board. The National Board confirms all pertinent information has been submitted and disburses funds directly to the awarded local agencies.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.
Refer to the program guidance (see www.efsp.unitedway.org) Responsibilities and Requirements Manual issued by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board for information on the appeal process. Those cases that cannot be handled locally should be referred to the National Board, giving details on action that has been taken up to that point. Any allegations regarding fraud or the misuse of funds should be referred directly to the DHS Office of Inspector General.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to program guidance; see www.efsp.unitedway.org
How may assistance be used?
Food and related expenses (such as transporting food/food preparation and serving equipment); mass shelter; other shelter (such as hotels and motels); and rent/mortgage and/or utility assistance limited to one month. For a complete listing on eligible and ineligible costs under this program, refer to program guidance/see www.efsp.unitedway.org.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to program guidance.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503 These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
Local Boards are required to remain in operation until all program and audit requirements of the National Board have been satisfied. Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Payment based on Project need. Refer to program guidance; see www.efsp.unitedway.org. Payment based on Project need. Refer to program guidance.www.efsp.unitedway.org.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Refer to program guidance; see www.efsp.unitedway.org
Community Services Branch/Individual Assistance Division/Recovery Directorate
500 C Street, S.W., Room 614
Washington, DC 20472 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$120,000,000.00; FY 19 est $120,000,000.00; FY 20 est $130,000,000.00; FY 17$120,000,000.00; FY 16$120,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.www.efsp.unitedway.org
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Responsibilities and Requirements Manual; www.efsp.unitedway.org.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019
Food in the form of served meals or groceries Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel One month's rent, mortgage, and/or utility bill payment Transportation costs associated with the provision of food or shelter Minimal repairs to mass feeding or sheltering facilities for building code violations or for handicapped accessibility Supplies and equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item