EFSP was established by Congress in 1983, in response to the 1982 Recession, which brought to light that public and charitable institutions at the state and local levels could not adequately respond to the nation’s homeless and food insecurity crises without Federal support. The program funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter; mass feeding; food distribution through food pantries and food banks; one-month assistance with rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility payments, to prevent evictions; and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.
EFSP is administered by a National Board chaired by FEMA, in partnership with American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., The Salvation Army, The Jewish Federations of North America, and United Way Worldwide, which serves as the National Board’s Secretariat and Fiscal Agent.
United Way of Southwest Wyoming serves as the contact for the Local Board, which covers Fremont, Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater and Uinta Counties. The National Board determines, through county statistics: population; unemployment rate and poverty rate, how much each county is awarded for each funding Phase. The Local Board reviews applications and awards local programs funds from the allotted amount.
Phase 37 Awards - $17,533
Almost Home - $2,000
Eastern Shoshone Tribe - $3,200
First Stop Help Center - $6,982
Good Samaritan Free Food Pantry - $5,000
United Way of Southwest Wyo (admin) - $351
CARES Awards - $26,997
Almost Home - $12,000
Eastern Shoshone Tribe - $5,000
Good Samaritan Free Food Pantry - $7,497
United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank - $2,000
United Way of Southwest Wyo (admin) - $500
No funding was allocated for Phase 37 or CARES Supplemental grant to Lincoln County.
No funding was allocated for Phase 37 or CARES Supplemental grant to Sublette County.
Phase 37 Awards - $18,682
Food Bank of Sweetwater County - $6,000
Golden Hour Senior Center - $2,308
Sweetwater Family Resource Center - $10,000
United Way of Southwest Wyo (admin) - $374
CARES Awards - $26,997
Food Bank of Sweetwater County - $8,000
Golden Hour Senior Center - $5,153
United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank - $4,950
United Way of Southwest Wyo (admin) - $533
Young at Heart Senior Center - $8,000
Phase 37 Awards - $7,586
Bridger Valley Interdenominational Food Pantry - $1,333
SAFV Task Force - $3,333
Uinta BOCES Foundation - $2,000
United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Banks - $768
United Way of Southwest Wyo (admin) - $152
CARES Awards - $10,815
Bridger Valley Interdenominational Food Pantry - $500
Pioneer Counseling Services - $2,500
United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Banks - $7,599
United Way of Southwest Wyo (admin) - $216
The next phase to be released is Phase 38, which covers fiscal year 2020. Information and amounts have not yet been released from the National Board. Once the information is released you can find the application here.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants must: 1) be nonprofit or government agency 2) be eligible to receive federal funds; 3) have an accounting system or an approved fiscal agent; 4) conduct an annual audit review if awarded $50,000 or more in federal funds; 5) practice non-discrimination; 6) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter services; 7) have a voluntary board; 8)have the capacity to either charge-back or expend funding during the jurisdiction’s selected spending period; 9) must be able to completely and accurately obtain, retain and submit required documentation with reports.
Local boards must be comprised of representatives at the local level of the same organizations as those on the National Board. A local government official must serve in place of the FEMA representative. In jurisdictions where affiliates of National Board representatives do not exist, other appropriate representatives should be invited to sit on the local board. Local boards must also include in their membership a representative who is homeless, formerly homeless, or a former recipient of program services. If the jurisdiction is located within or encompasses any federally recognized tribal lands, the local board must invite a tribal representative from each tribe to serve on the board. If a jurisdiction has a tribal population, then a tribal representative must also be invited to serve.
Additionally, the National Board encourages local boards to expand their membership to best reflect the community. In expanding membership, local boards must invite organizations that advocate for or provide services to the elderly, families with children, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Local boards advertise the availability of funds, establish priorities among community needs, award funds to recipient organizations, notify the National Board of funding decisions so the National Board can disburse funds directly to recipient organizations, and monitor and assist recipient organizations to ensure they follow program guidelines.
If you are interested in serving on the Local Board contact Shelley at srichno@swunitedway, 307.362.5003.