EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

EFSP is a restricted federal grant that was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies. The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. This funding is meant to supplement and expand current resources and is not to be budgeted. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. 


EFSP Phase 39 and ARPA-R

Lancaster County has been chosen to receive federal funds in the amount of $203,831 (Phase 39) and $630,148 (Phase ARPA-R) made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

EFSP funds are used for:

  • congregate meals
  • shelter services
  • utility services
  • short-term rental/mortgage assistance for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or at risk of homelessness.

 

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, an organization must:  

  • Be private voluntary nonprofits with a voluntary board or units of government, 
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds,  
  • Have an annual financial review or audited statements in accordance with Government Auditing Standards,  
  • Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN),  
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS),  
  • Practice non-discrimination,  
  • Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs,  
  • Submit required reports. 

Eligible organizations may request funding amounts up to $50,000 for Phase 39 and $99,999 for Phase ARPA-R. The EFSP funding is meant to supplement and expand current resources, with award recommendations made by the EFSP Local Board. The time frame for eligible expenses is from November 1, 2021, through April 23, 2023.   

Organizations who received grants in the most recent Phase 38 and Phase CARES awards were: Arch Street Center, Community Action Partnership, Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS), Faith Tabernacle Transformation, Good Samaritan Service, Hands Across the Street (Columbia), Lancaster County Food Hub, Parish Resource Center, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, Spanish American Civic Association (SACA), Tenfold (formerly Tabor Community Services), The Factory Ministries, United Way of Lancaster County, and YWCA. 

*This program is a collaboration of Lancaster County Homelessness Coalition (a program of Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority) and United Way of Lancaster County.  

For more information on this funding opportunity, please send inquiries to homelesscoalition@lchra.com


 

PHASE 39 RFP

(maximum allocation $50,000 per applicant)

All potential applicants must complete a Request for Proposal (RFP), which will be evaluated by the EFSP Local Board. Please note: If you do not complete the RFP, you will be ineligible for EFSP funding.

RFPs will open Thursday, February 24, 2022, and are due 5:00p.m. EST, Friday, March 18, 2022.

Click HERE to download the RFP application for Phase 39.

Additional RFP Documents:

 

PHASE ARPA-R RFP

(maximum allocation of $99,999 per applicant)

All potential applicants must complete a Request for Proposal (RFP), which will be evaluated by the EFSP Local Board. Please note: If you do not complete the RFP, you will be ineligible for EFSP funding.

RFPs will open Thursday, February 24, 2022, and are due 5:00p.m. EST, Friday, March 18, 2022.

Click HERE to download the RFP application for Phase ARPA-R.

Additional RFP Documents:

 


 

EXPENSES

Click on each category below to view eligible funding allowances and expenses. Please note: changes have been made to the Phase 39 and ARPA-R expense limits as noted next to their category below

Click here to view examples of Sample Eligible and Ineligible Expenses.

For more information, please send inquiries to homelesscoalition@lchra.com