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Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) - Open
Funding Period: Phase 36
Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Wednesda
y, July 17, 2019


General Information

Qualifying emergency food and shelter services run by local service agencies are urged to apply for a portion of $28,426 in federal funds that Itasca County has been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA). 

Funding is based upon 12-month (December 2017-November 2018) unemployment rates, the total number of unemployed, number of individuals below the poverty level, and the total population of Itasca County. Awards are appropriated annually to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food, and supportive services for individuals and family who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and in economic crisis.  

A local board, facilitated by United Way of 1000 Lakes, with representatives from county government, The Salvation Army, and American Red Cross, as well as advocates for the homeless, faith-based organizations and community partners governs how the funds will be distributed.

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

• Be private, voluntary non-profits or units of government, 
• Be eligible to receive Federal funds, 
• Have an accounting system, 
• Practice nondiscrimination,
• Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 
• Have a voluntary board (if they are a private voluntary organization)

To apply, submit cover letter describing the use of funds and completed application to United Way of 1000 Lakes by mail to 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN or email info@unitedwayof1000lakes. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019Applicants are required to attend the meeting of the Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board on Thursday, July 18 at 1 p.m. at the United Way offices.

Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP): Application

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