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Phase 34 (Fiscal Year 2016) Funding Status

Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) funds have been awarded to the ESFP National Board for Phase 34 in the amount of $120,000,000.

The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has provided $4.298 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country The amount of funding the EFSP administers to communities throughout the nation is dependent on multiple factors, including the local unemployment rate.

After the annual appropriations bill is signed by the President, the local EFSP board advertizes availability of funds and accepts applications from providers of emergency food and/or emergency shelter. The local EFSP board is comprised of representatives of the following agencies: Bible Christian Church, Calvary Temple Pentecostal Church of God, Catholic Charities of Merced, Harvest Time, Liberty Fellowship, Merced County Community Action Agency, Merced County Human Services Agency, Merced County Food Bank, Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way of Merced County, Valley Crisis Service, a Member of the Merced County Board of Supervisors, and a Homeless Representative.

Merced, CaFebruary 14th, 2017 — United Way of Merced County is accepting applications from Merced County community based 501(c)3 organizations for the 2017 Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 34 on behalf of the Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board.

Merced County has been allocated $227,557.  Government and non-profit agencies that provide emergency food and shelter to individuals may apply for a portion of that funding, according to the following timeline:

  • Advertise funding availability                                               February 10. 2017
  • Distribute application packets                                             February 13, 2017
  • Optional Workshop, 11:00AM                                            February 21, 2017
  • Deadline for submitting applications                                 February 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM
  • Presentation to LRO Board                                                   March 9 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM
  • Approval of allocations and notifications                           March 13, 2017
  • Deadline for appeals                                                              April 14, 2017

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
1) Be a non-profit, or an agency of government.

2) Not be debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funding.

3) Have a checking account. (Cash payments are not allowed per Federal regulations).

4) Have an accounting system.

5) Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

6) Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS)

7) Conduct an independent annual audit if receiving $50,000 or more in EFSP funds; conduct an annual Accountant’s review if receiving $25,000 to $49,999 in EFSP funds.

8) Practice nondiscrimination.

9) Be providing services and using its other resources in the area in which they are seeking funding.

10) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

11) If it is a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board of directors.

There will be a OPTIONAL workshop for NEW applicants, on  February 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

Deadline to Submit EFSP Phase 34 Application
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and can be picked up from the United Way office at 658 W. Main Street, Merced, Ca 95340. No application(s) will be accepted after the specified due date.

For more information regarding the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 34, contact Carol Bowman at United Way of Merced County at (209) 383-4242 or email at


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