Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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What is the Emergency Food and Shelter Program?

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories. EFSP is administered by FEMA and is authorized through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

These funds are designated for the provision of food and shelter services. During its 40 years of operation, the program has disbursed over $6 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jewish Communities; The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In FY 2022, FEMA awarded to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board the $130 million made available under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022 (Pub. L. No. 117-103). This $130 million supports Phase 40. Phase 40 will run concurrently with Phase 39 and Phase ARPA-R of the program.

EFSP Phase 40 has allocated $1,288,950 for emergency food, shelter, and utility assistance in Clark County, Nevada. Read more to find out how to apply.


The program’s objectives are:

  • to allocate funds to the neediest areas,
  • to ensure fast response,
  • to foster public/private sector cooperation,
  • to ensure local decision making, and
  • to maintain accountable reporting.

Local Funding Priorities

  1. Serve a geographically diverse area of Clark County
  2. Serve a range of populations that are most in need
  3. Provide most needed services addressing eligible categories: food, shelter, rent/mortgage and utility assistance.
  4. Leverage Optimal Buying Power with funds

Eligibility for Organizational Applicants

  1. Non-profit or governmental organization with a Unique Entity ID (UEI).
  2. Currently providing services in the category(s) for which you are requesting funding.
  3. Currently registered with HMIS or capacity to register prior to receipt of award funds.
  4. Capacity to expand program area without any additional administrative funds.
  5. Capacity to serve all eligible applicants in the geographic area, without limiting services to any specific population.

Information for agencies awarded funding in Phase 40

Each EFSP Local Recipient Organization (LRO) contact person has access to their organization’s portal on the EFSP website at www.efsp.unitedway.org. It is highly recommended that each LRO review all training webinars provided on the EFSP website under the Training Workshops tab.

Please review the LRO training webinar before providing assistance with EFSP funding.

Below are essential reference materials needed when administering EFSP funding to the community.

How to Apply for EFSP Phase 40 Funding

All applicants must watch this video. The application code is provided during the webinar.

EFSP Phase 40 Application Timeline & Materials

The application and supporting documents for this funding opportunity are provided below. ALL applicants must view the Applicant Webinar prior to submitting applications (see above).

Applications must be submitted online and are due by Friday, February 24, 2023 at 5PM (Pacific).

Link to Application: https://uwsnefsp.smapply.io/

Deadline for Applications:
Friday, February 24, 2023, at 5:00 pm PST

Preliminary Decisions Announced:
Friday, March 3, 2023

Appeals Submission/Receipt Deadline:
Friday, March 3, 2023 – Thursday, March 9, 2023

Allocation Recommendations Submitted to National Board:
Monday, March 13, 2023

Application Materials (for reference only; applications can only be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply)

Questions may be submitted via email to EFSP@uwsn.org.


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