Federal Humanitarian Relief Funds Available for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board has been awarded $75 million in humanitarian relief funding that was made available under the Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023, referencing Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022, for the purposes of providing shelter and other services to families and individuals encountered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These funds are a reimbursement type, and the first open application period will be for eligible expenditures incurred on October 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. These funds are solely intended for migrants crossing the Southwest Border and encountered by DHS. United Way of Mesa County is acting as the Local Board contact for this funding opportunity.

To be eligible to receive funding, an organization must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Any nonprofit, faith-based or government agency that can document expenditures made to migrants encountered by DHS at the southern border may be considered to receive funds for eligible services provided. Most of the funding is anticipated to be awarded to service organizations from southern border states where the greatest needs are expected to be met but all agencies throughout the country may apply. A local, volunteer EFSP Board will review applications, and award decisions will be made by the National EFSP Board.

Organizations interested in applying for Humanitarian Relief funds must visit https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/ and click on the “Humanitarian Funding Info” tab to review eligibility criteria prior to applying. The funding application can be found at the bottom the Humanitarian Funding Info page.

Questions can be directed to Keira Clark at United Way of Mesa County, 970-243-5364 or keira@uwmesacounty.org. Completed applications must be received by 5:00pm Friday, February 10, 2023 to allow the Local Board time to review the proposals.