EFSP: Application Information

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Applications Now Available

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) announces that the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA has awarded federal funds to six jurisdictions in northern Nevada. Public and private organizations may apply for federal funds for supplemental funding of program helping individuals facing economic emergencies through food, shelter, and rent and utilities assistance.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by FEMA and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The National Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress ($120 million for Phase 37 and $200 million in the CARES Act) to help expand the capacity of food, shelter, and rent/utilities assistance programs in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board in each jurisdiction will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds are available to voluntary nonprofits, faith based organizations, and governmental agencies in all counties throughout northern Nevada. UWNNS serves as the secretariat for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in northern Nevada and will administer the Local Boards who will allocate funds to local agencies in all Nevada counties, with the exception of Clark and Nye Counties who are administered by different agencies. These funds are distributed to agencies that serve the neediest in each community.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be a private, voluntary non-profit organization, faith based organization, or unit of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds; 3) have an accounting system; 4) practice nondiscrimination according to State of Nevada and federal law; 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 6) if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Additional eligibility criteria is listed in the Application Instructions provided below. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

This year, UWNNS will work with EFSP Local Boards to ensure that federal funds are allocated in the following jurisdictions:

                                    Phase 37           Phase CARES

Washoe County         $179,571               $256,017

Carson City                $22,590                 $32,207

Douglas County         $19,664                 $28,036

Lyon County               $23,677                 $33,756

Churchill County        $8,610                    $12,275

State Set-Aside          $19,096                 $623,689


Other Nevada counties, including Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and White Pine counties may apply for funding from the State Set-Aside jurisdiction. The funds awarded for Phase 38 have not been announced yet. Once they are announced, UWNNS will update this information.

The Local Boards are made up of local community representatives, including those that mirror the National Board. They will determine how the funds, awarded within their jurisdiction(s), will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter program run by applying local service agencies in the area.

There are two highly recommended Applicant Meetings for those applying to attend. They are at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 and 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020. You select one meeting to attend by sending an RSVP with your selected day to communityimpact@uwnns.org. The meeting will be held via Zoom conference call, and you will be sent the call information once you RSVP. We will be sharing our computer screen during the call.

All applications must be submitted via email by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020 and mailed no later than May 15, 2020. Incomplete, late, or faxed applications will not be accepted. The UWNNS office is NOT open to receive hand delivered applications.

Following are the necessary application instructions and forms to apply:

1. Application & Instructions

Application Instructions for Phase 37 & Phase CARES

Primary Application


2. Forms by Category: A separate category form must be submitted for every jurisdiction in which you are applying for funding.

Served Meals

Other Food

Mass Shelter

Other Shelter

Rent/Mortgage Assistance

Utilities Assistance


3. Summary Budget: If you are applying for funding for more than one category or in more than one jurisdiction, you must submit a separate worksheet for each program. 

Summary Budget Worksheet


For technical assistance, please contact Stephane and Kelly at communityimpact@uwnns.org. Please include your telephone number if you would like to be called back to discuss a question rather than receive an email.