Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Grants

We Fight For:

Win This 2022 Jeep Renegade

2022 UWBR Sweepstakes Jeep Renegade

Give a new or increased gift of $25, $50, $75, or $100 to United Way Blackhawk Region and be automatically entered to win.

Learn moreGive Now
United Way Blackhawk Region 211 logo

Need help?

211 specialists can connect you with a wide range of resources and services. Simply dial 211 from your cell phone or landline anywhere in Wisconsin.

COVID-19 Response

Thanks to the generosity of our community, United Way is helping families and people in need access critical information and providing relief to those left vulnerable by the pandemic.

Learn more

Phase 39 & ARPA-R Announced

Rock County has been awarded $56,382 under the national Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) through the Department of Homeland Security (Phase 39). Additionally, Rock County was awarded $174,264 of federal funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R) for total allotment of $230,646.

The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. Rock County’s Local Board of the EFSP is facilitated by Mary Fanning-Penny, President & CEO of United Way Blackhawk Region and consists of representatives from the faith community, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, ECHO, Family Services of S.W.A.N.I., Rock County government, and Salvation Army.

The Local Board is also responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  1. Be private, voluntary nonprofits with a voluntary board or units of government;
  2. Be eligible to receive federal funds (past EFSP participation is not a requirement);
  3. Have a DUNS Number and a FEIN;
  4. Maintain a checking account in the organization’s name for EFSP deposits;
  5. Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided;
  6. Practice non-discrimination;
  7. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

EFSP Applicants

All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications. Failure to provide these numbers will prevent or delay the release of funds to agencies. The numbers may be obtained, as follows:

  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number: DUNS numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) at no cost. Click to apply for DUNS
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Learn how to apply for a FEIN online.

Any nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds. Current or former EFSP participation is not required for participation.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as congregate meals or groceries;
  • Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days 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; and
  • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item.

The National EFSP Board has prepared a webinar, Overview and Guidance: Phase 39 and ARPA-R Funding, to provide additional information to interested agencies.