Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

Family standing in front of Food Bank's Mobile Harvest Truck.

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) serves as the Secretariat for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Northern Nevada. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program provides federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help expand the capacity of food, shelter, and rent/utilities assistance programs in high-need areas around the country. These funds are used to support people facing economic emergencies that contribute to hunger and the loss of housing by supporting the expansion of existing programs, thereby supporting more people than can be served without the EFSP funding.

When the National EFSP Board awards federal funding to supplement food and shelter programs in the State of Nevada, UWNNS convenes a Local Board in each of its jurisdictions receiving an award to distribute the appropriated funds to area human services agencies. Comprised of community volunteers, each Local Board determines how the funds are to be distributed among the eligible local human service organizations who have existing emergency food, shelter, and rent/mortgage and utilities assistance programs. As the Secretariat, UWNNS leads the Local Boards and State Set Aside Committee by leveraging our experience and expertise to effectively manage funding requests from local agencies. At this time, UWNNS supports and administers the State Set Aside Committee and all the Nevada Local Boards, except for Clark and Nye Counties who are administered by different agencies.

For more information about the current or recent awards or the availability of funding for new phases, please click on the corresponding link below. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply when new funding is available. Please click on the link below for the application materials.

For more information, please contact the UWNNS Community Impact Team at ommunityimpact@uwnns.org or at 775.322.8668.

Organizations and agencies interested in applying for EFSP funding must:

  • Be a non-profit or public agency; 

  • Have a voluntary Board, if a private non-profit agency; 

  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs and have a currently funded (non-EFSP) program for which they can receive supplemental funding from EFSP; funds may not be used to establish a new program;

  • Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and a federal DUNS number. 

  • Have an accounting system;

  • Be eligible to receive and able to manage federal funds;

  • Practice non-discrimination andnotrequire religious services or payment for the receipt of services; 

  • Not charge clients for EFSP services; 

  • Not require an individual to attend counseling activities as a condition of assistance; 

  • Not conduct lobbying activities using EFSP funds; 

  • Not act as a vendor for itself or other EFSP-funded agency, except for shared maintenance fees for food banks; and

  • Be prepared to adhere to all requirements and guidance provided by both the National EFSP and the Local Board.

 

If you are an individual seeking assistance, do not apply for EFSP funding through UWNNS. Instead, you should contact Nevada 2-1-1 or directly contact the local agencies who receive an award from the EFSP Local Boards for guidance. Funds may already be exhausted depending on when you contact the local agencies. Once all funds have been awarded and Local Board plans have been approved by the National EFSP Board, the current awards will be posted on the UWNNS website under “Current Funding Awards.”

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established in March 24, 1983, with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,’ Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.

The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983, the EFSP will have distributed $5.03 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.

The National Board, described above, is charged with distributing the funds appropriated by the U.S. Congress to identified jurisdictions throughout the nation. The National Board’s formula for awarding funds is based upon average unemployment statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most current 12-month period available and poverty statistics from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Poverty and unemployment were selected as the best indicators of need available nationwide at the city or county level. Funds are awarded for defined spending periods known as phases.

Availability of Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Funding

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) announces that the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA has awarded new federal funds to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board in FY 2021. The EFSP National Board has announced that they will award the $400 million made available under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Public Law No. 117-2), Section 4007, and the $130 million made available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law No. 116-260).  In turn, the EFSP National Board has announced plans to award this funding to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities) and State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees across the country during the week of December 6, 2021, including to jurisdictions in northern Nevada and to the Nevada State Set-Aside Committee. 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.

Funds will be awarded to support existing emergency food and shelter programs. Public and private organizations may apply through Local Boards for federal funds for supplemental funding of programs helping individuals facing economic emergencies through food, shelter, and rent and utilities assistance. Once the EFSP National Board formally announces their direct awards and the corresponding jurisdictions, UWNNS will update the information here to reflect the actual identified jurisdictions and award amounts and provide the new application materials.

Note that the FY 2021 $130 million in annual funding is referred to as Phase 39 of the program and the $400 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA), Section 4007, is referred to Phase ARPA-R (the “R” standing for the regular program and not the supplemental humanitarian relief funding authorized under ARPA, Section 4008). Phase 39 and Phase ARPA-R will be awarded and run concurrently. The beginning spending date is anticipated to be November 1, 2021. The end of the spending period will be decided by the Local Board and is anticipated to be sometime between February to April 2023.

The Local Boards in northern Nevada have begun to prepare for the receipt of Phase 39 and Phase ARPA-R award notifications. Once the formal award notice is received, the Local Boards and SSA Committee will move very quickly to advertise the availability of funding, review funding requests, and award funding to local agencies in order to meet the national deadline for completion.

Who Is Eligible?

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, except Clark and Nye Counties who are administered by different agencies.

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 have a currently funded (non-EFSP) program for which they can receive supplemental funding from EFSP

  6. if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  

Past EFSP participation is not a requirement. Additional eligibility criteria is listed in the Application Instructions provided below. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

The eligible spending period for concurrent Phases 39 and ARPA-R is November 1, 2021 to TBD (anticipated between February to April 2023), and funds must be spent during this time frame. The following will be a list of the awards for northern Nevada jurisdictions (counties). All other Nevada counties may apply for funding under the State Set-Aside Award (which will be designated to the appropriate jurisdiction after the application review).

Jurisdiction              Phase 39          Phase ARPA-R

Washoe County       $TBD              $TBD

Carson City              $TBD              $TBD

Douglas County       $TBD              $TBD

Lyon County            $TBD               $TBD

State Set-Aside*      $TBD               $TBD

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 programs run by applying local service agencies in the area.

All applications must be submitted via email by Noon on TBD AND mailed no later than TBD. Incomplete, late, or faxed applications will not be accepted. More application instructions and materials, click on the tab titled “Phase 39 & Phase ARPA-R Funding Application.”

Please check back later. Application materials will be available once awards are distributed.

 

Following are the links to the application instructions and forms to apply. Read application instructions first for detailed requirements for a complete application. Please note, a complete application is necessary for each jurisdiction your organization serves and is applying for funding. Organizations will not be allowed to use one application for multiple jurisdictions. However, if all information is the same on the Primary Application portion of the application, applicants may use the same completed document

1. Application Instructions

Application Instructions for Phase 38 - Please read before applying!

2. Primary Application

Primary Application

3. 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

4. Summary Budget: Required for all applications. A separate Summary Budget worksheet is required for EACH existing program you apply for. 

Summary Budget Template

 

For technical assistance, please email the UWNNS CI Team 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. 

Past Allocations by Phase

Phase 38 – Awards Allocated Per Jurisdiction/County

Spending Period: January 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021

 

Washoe County:

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - $10,000.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)

Domestic Violence Resource Center - $7,000.00 for Other Shelter                             

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada - $30,000.00 for Served Meals

The Children’s Cabinet - $2,500.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)

The Children’s Cabinet - $16,667.00 for Rent/Mortgage Assistance           

City of Reno - $45,000.00 for Mass Shelter                                           

Community Food Pantry - $2,500.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)            

Community Services Agency - $2,500.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)    

Community Services Agency - $8,333.00 for Rent/Mortgage Assistance  

Food Bank of Northern Nevada - $20,393.00 for Other Food                                        

Safe Embrace - $2,000.00 for Mass Shelter                                          

Safe Embrace - $5,000.00 for Other Shelter                                         

St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry - $2,500.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)             

The Salvation Army - $20,000.00 for Rent/Mortgage Assistance 

Washoe County Human Services Agency - $15,480.00 for Mass Shelter                                   

Washoe County Human Services Agency - $21,769.00 for Other Shelter                                  

                 

 

Lyon County:

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - $4,215.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)

Food Bank of Northern Nevada - $8,000.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)              

Healthy Communities Coalition - $8,216.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)              

Northern Nevada Dream Center - $1,500.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)             

 

Carson City:

Advocates to End Domestic Violence - $8,250.00 for Mass Shelter                                             

Friends In Service Helping (FISH) - $5,000.00 for Served Meals                                    

Friends In Service Helping (FISH) - $2,261.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)            

Food Bank of Northern Nevada - $5,000.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)              

Northern Nevada Dream Center - $3,000.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)             

                 

 

Douglas County:

Carson Valley Community Food Closet - $1,222.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)

Friends In Service Helping (FISH) - $16,475.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)         

Northern Nevada Dream Center - $3,198.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)             

              

 

State Set Aside Committee (funding for counties that do not rise to the level of their own jurisdiction):

North Rural (Includes all other rural counties):

Elko Committee Against Domestic Violence - $1,608.00 for Mass Shelter                                

Northern Nevada Food Bank - $8,500.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)   

Intertribal Council of Nevada - $6,458.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)   

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - $2,708.00 for Served Meals                                       

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - $6,000.00 for Other Food (Food Pantry)                



Jurisdiction


Organization


Service Category


Amount Allocated


Carson


Advocates to End Domestic Violence


Mass Shelter


$7,200


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$24,363


Churchill


Churchill County Department of Social Services


Rent/Mortgage


$91,500


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$2,029


Salvation Army – Carson City


Utilities


$1,000


Douglas


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$20,729


Salvation Army – Carson City


Utilities


$6,746


East Slope


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$35,000


Utilities


$14,873


FISH


Other Food


$10,000


Lyon


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$28,000


Healthy Communities Coalition


Other Food


$31,811


Lyon County Human Services


Other Shelter


$12,007


North Rural


Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley


Served Meals


$2,000


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$26, 106


Pershing County Indigent Services


Other Food


$1,500


Other Shelter


$200


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$9,000


White Pine County Social Services


Served Meals


$5,000


Other Food


$10,336


Elko Committee Against Domestic Violence


Served Meals


$5,700


Mass Shelter


$7,125


Washoe


Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows


Other Food


$7,000


Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada


Served Meals


$70,000


Other Food


$30,000


Rent/Mortgage


$20,000


Community Food Pantry


Other Food


$9,969


Community Health Alliance


Other Food


$8,000


The Children’s Cabinet


Other Food


$3,200


Rent/Mortgage


$80,000


Communities In Schools of Nevada


Other Food


$15,000


City of Reno


Mass Shelter


$25,403


Community Services Agency


Rent/Mortgage


$51,628


Domestic Violence Resource Center


Mass Shelter


$7,000


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$17,662


Moonridge Group


Served Meals


$25,000


Safe Embrace


Mass Shelter


$4,500


Other Shelter


$900


Salvation Army Reno


Utilities


$1,900


Rent/Mortgage


$150,000


St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry


Other Food


$6,000


Washoe County Human Services Agency


Served Meals


$3,120


Other Food


$1,500



Jurisdiction


Organization


Service Category


Amount Allocated


Carson


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$10,000


FISH


Served Meals


$2,500


Other Food


$2,500


Northern Nevada Dream Center


Other Shelter


$3,120


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$637.00


Utilities


$3,381


Churchill


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$8,438


Douglas


Carson Valley Community Food Closet


Other Food


$10,000


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$9,271


East Slope


Community Chest


Other Food


$9,000


Lyon


Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley


Served Meals


$10,000


Lyon County Human Services


Other Shelter


$1,203


Salvation Army – Carson City


Rent/Mortgage


$9,000


Salvation Army – Carson City


Utilities


$3,000


North Rural


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$239


Frontier Community Action Agency


Other Food


$9,610


Washoe


Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows


Other Food


$8,000


The Children’s Cabinet


Other Food


$12,800


Rent/Mortgage


$20,000


Domestic Violence Resource Center


Mass Shelter


$8,000


Food Bank of Northern Nevada


Other Food


$76,000


Safe Embrace


Mass Shelter


$10,500


Other Shelter


$2,100


Salvation Army - Reno


Utilities


$6,100


St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry


Other Food


$14,000


Washoe County Human Services Agency


Served Meals


$12,480


Other Food


$6,000