The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related). EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. EFSP funding is open to all 501(c)(3) non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage.
Emergency Food and Shelter Phase 40 Grants Funding
The Monterey County EFSP program has received $267,147 in Phase 40 funds. Eligible organizations that can apply for grants are nonprofits, faith-based, or governmental entities.
Local Boards set funding priorities based on current needs and eligible program activities prior to the selection of agencies for funding. Local Boards must look at the resources available in the community, the emergency food and shelter needs of the community, gaps in services in the community and focus the dollars to address these needs in the areas of emergency food and shelter.
The priorities may vary from year to year, so each award phase is be evaluated individually.
Once priorities are set, the Local Board reviews proposals and selects organizations for funding to help meet the identified needs.
The local Board requests that applying agencies leverage partnerships, funding, and prevention solutions to complement the immediate relief provided by emergency food and shelter grants.
Phase 40 Funding Priorities:
- Rent/Mortgage Assistance
- Hotel/Motel Assistance
- Food Purchases (food, diapers, feminine hygiene products)
- Mass Shelter Expenses
Phase 40 Regional Priorities: Funding will be prioritized for:
- South Monterey County cities
- North Monterey County cities
Important Changes: Unique Entity Identifier Number – NOW REQUIRED
All agencies participating in the Emergency Food and Shelter Program must provide their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). The National Board used the DUNS previously, but the DUNS is now obsolete and is not acceptable for entities receiving federal funding. Entities receiving federal funds must use the UEI created in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
If your entity is registered in SAM.gov, you already have your UEI, and it is viewable in SAM.gov. Remember, you must be signed in to your SAM.gov account to view entity records. All SAM.gov registrants have been assigned their UEIs and can view them in SAM.gov.
If your agency has a DUNS number and is registered in SAM.gov, a UEI should have been assigned to your organization and you may be able to access it by visiting SAM.gov or the Federal Service Desk, FSD.gov. For more information, visit SAM.gov or the Federal Service Desk, FSD.gov.
|Application Dates||Spending Period|
|Due March 3rd, by 5:00 p.m.||11/1/2021 – 12/31/2023|
Download all the necessary documents for applications here (click each to download). Please submit completed applications by email to Kelly DeWolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- EFSP Phase 40 Checklist & Certification
- EFSP Phase 40 RFP Application
- Eligible Program Expenses
- Emergency Food and Shelter Budget
- EFSP Score Sheet
Eligible Expenses and Program Strategies:
For a detailed look at eligible expenses, click here (Eligible Program Expenses).
Board Member agencies are representative of:
- National agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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
- Homeless Advocate
- Local Non-Profits
The 2023 Monterey County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board is:
- John Bennet - Major, Salvation Army, Monterey Peninsula Corps
- Jill Allen - Executive Director, Dorothy's Place
- Roxanne Wilson - Monterey County Homeless Services Director
- Angela Di Novella - Executive Director, Catholic Charities
- Josh Madfis (Chair) - Vice President, Community Investments, United Way Monterey County
- Michele Averill - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the Central Coast
- Carissa A. Purnell - Director of Health & Wellness, Salinas City School District
- David Balch - Executive Director, Closer Walk
- Fabiola Lopez - Grants Coordinator, City of Greenfield
- Adriana Y Narez-Tapia - Management Analyst II, Monterey County Department of Social Services
- Donna Smith - Program Coordinator, Homeless Children and Youth Services, Monterey County Office of Education
For information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program or Local Board 077600, please visit the EFSP website or contact:
Vice President, Community Investments
United Way Monterey County