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Phases 37 and CARES Allocations Update (as of May 19, 2020)

Award Notifications have been sent to all qualifying jurisdictions and State Set-Aside Committees awarded funds in Phase 37 (FY2019 annual) and Phase CARES (FY2020 CARES Act supplemental). Allocations to qualifying jurisdictions and State Set-Aside Committees for both Phases are available on the EFSP website,, under the FY2019/2020/CARES Funding Tab.  There are separate PDF documents, one for each Phase, listing allocation amounts to qualifying jurisdictions and State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees.

Local Boards' application processes should be underway, including advertising the availability of funding. In addition to the advertisement, Local Boards are encouraged to share the funding opportunities via their other networks and social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram). Any nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds in both phases. Current or former EFSP participation is not a requirement.  Interested agencies must submit an application to the Local Board in the jurisdiction where they are providing services.  As a reminder, the advertisement must inform applicant agencies where they can access the Local Board application to apply for funding, of the application due date, and of the point of contact information for the Local Board, should they have questions.

As indicated in the Preliminary Notice that was shared on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Local Board Plans are due to the National Board by May 29, 2020.  There is flexibility in the due date for Local Boards and SSA Committees to submit their plans to the National Board. Plans may be submitted after the due date without penalty. Guidance documents with detail, including spending period end-date options, are available on the website.  State Set-Aside Committees, Local Boards and Local Recipient Organizations may access the documents by logging into the website with their user ID and password.

In an effort to release funding to agencies quickly, the National Board has decided to allow the release of first payments for agencies awarded funds in Phases 37 and CARES prior to the receipt of the Phases 35 and 36 Final Reports.  Phases 35 and 36 Final Reports, along with instructions, will be made available in the near future.

If there are questions regarding this message or the EFSP, please feel free to reach out to staff at or 703.706.9660.

DUNS Numbers and Associated Information

DUNS numbers alone are not sufficient for EFSP purposes and neither Local Boards nor LROs can enter this information on the EFSP website. DUNS numbers and associated information are required for all Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) receiving funds under the EFSP.  Funds cannot be released to LROs who have not provided this information.  The DUNS information form and instructions are posted under the Local Board and LRO section of the EFSP website.  This form (third page under the DUNS tab) must be completed accurately and either faxed to (703) 706-9677/9679 or scanned and emailed through the website at  Simply providing the DUNS number alone does not fulfill the EFSP’s requirements; the form must be completed in its entirety.