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National Board for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Announces Funding Available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has appropriated supplemental funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in FY 2020.  The allocations will be available to the qualifying local jurisdictions of Antrim, Kalkaska, and Benzie counties.

State and local service organizations, including nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental, that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds. The application due date is Friday January 29th, 2021.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. The key responsibility of participating organizations is to provide assistance within the intent of the program. Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as congregate meals and groceries;

  • Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-dys assistance per individual or household;

  • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;

  • Utility assistance for one month of service for gas, electric and water service;

  • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item

Interested agencies must submit an application to the Local Board in the jurisdiction where they are providing services.  Local board contact information can be found on the EFSP website homepage, www.efsp.unitedway.org, for requesting any technical assistance that may be needed. The information and application is available by clicking the FY 2019-2020 Funding Info tab.

Please include a copy of the agencies most recent annual audit. Applications are due to staff@unitedwaynwmi.org no later than January 29th, 2021.

Please contact Seth Johnson at seth@unitedwaynwmi.org or Sara O’Hara at sara@unitedwaynwmi.org if further assistance is needed.