EFSP Funding

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May 8, 2018

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has allocated $28,942  to supplement emergency food programs in  Walla Walla County during Phase 35 (1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018).

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or agency of government in good standing with the IRS
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • Have an accounting system
  • Have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet
  • Practice non-discrimination (agencies with a religious affiliation, will not refuse service to a client based on religion, nor engage in religious proselytizing or religious counseling in any program receiving Federal funds)
  • Have the capacity to deliver emergency food programs
  • Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit

Eligible organizations may request up to a maximum of $7,000 per organization.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement or expand existing resources. Funding Priorities

Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board in funded jurisdictions:

- Food, in the form of served meals or groceries/food boxes
- Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel
- One month's rent or mortgage payment
- One month's utility bill

EFSP funds are distributed on an reimbursement basis and require specific documentation for proof of purchase. The Phase 35 Funding Cycle is retroactive to January 1, 2018, which means eligible expenses dated October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018 can be reimbursed using EFSP funds with documented proof of purchase.

See Below to view the EFSP Manual for all program requirements and procedures


Apply online during the application window listed below. Only applications received through the application link below will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. If you need technical assistance with the application system, contact United Way at christy@unitedwayww.org or call 509-529-1183.

Phase 35 Funding Cycle: 10/1/2016 - 12/31/2018

Application Window: 5/7/2018 - 5/21/2018

Online Application Linkhttps://www.unitedwayww.org/content/emergency-food-and-shelter-program-funding

Application Deadline: 5/21/2018 at 5:00pm

Award Notice: 6/1/2018

Next Funding Cycle (Phase 36): 1/1/2019 (estimated)


The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the 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. The national board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

During its 35 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $4.198 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

Funds from EFSP are distributed to each county in the United States based on its current population size, unemployment rate, and poverty rate.

United Way of Walla Walla County facilitates a local board of community volunteers who decide how the funds from EFSP are distributed within Walla Walla County each phase.

For more information about EFSP, go to https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm.


For more information about how to apply for EFSP funds in Walla Walla County, contact christy@unitedwayww.org or call 509-592-1183