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Preliminary Notification of Funding Awards (Phase 39 and ARPA-R)

In FY 2021, FEMA awarded to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board the $400 million made available under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Public Law No. 117-2, Section 4007, and the $130 million made available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law No. 116-260.  Note that the FY 2021 $130 million in annual funding is Phase 39 of the program and the $400 million under Section 4007 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) is Phase ARPA-R (the "R" representing the regular EFSP and not the supplemental humanitarian relief funding authorized under ARPA, Section 4008).

Previously, notification was sent advising that awards would be made to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities) and State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees across the country the week of December 6, 2021.  However, the required Federal Government and National Board processes are still underway for completion prior to the actual announcement of awards.  Once those processes are completed and the National Board staff has finished updating materials, including the EFSP Responsibilities and Requirements Manual (EFSP Manual), to account for any new program policies and procedures, official award announcements will be made on January 5, 2022. 

Changes and new guidance, implementation schedule and a pre-recorded presentation with further detail is available on the EFSP website, under FY2021/ARPA-R Funding on the homepage.  SSA Committees, Local Boards and Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) may view the recording at any time. Additionally, staff will schedule several Question & Answer sessions beginning January 11, 2022 to provide further opportunities for obtaining information. Registration information for the sessions will be shared via email and posted on the EFSP website by January 5, 2022.

Phases 39 and ARPA-R will run concurrently, and Local Boards will be given the option to extend their jurisdiction's spending end dates.  The spending begin date for all funded jurisdictions will be November 1, 2021, and the last spending end date option that Local Boards may select will be April 23, 2023.  The spending end date options will be provided in the award materials when Local Board Plans are made available.  The National Board allows LROs to charge eligible, properly documented expenditures back to the spending begin date (November 1, 2021).

The full message shared with SSA Committees, Local Boards and LROs can be found under FY2021/ARPA-R Funding.

As processes are completed and materials are finalized, the National Board will share updates via the EFSP website.  Please continue to check Latest News on the EFSP website homepage for the most recent program information.



Phases 37, 38 and CARES Final Reports are Available

Phases 37, 38 and CARES Final Reports are available for completion and submission to the National Board. After signing into the website with their user ID and password, Local Boards and Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) must select Final Report from the menu on the left of the screen to access the reports and instructions. Please reference the Final Report section of the EFSP Website Guide and Final Report trainings under Trainings Workshops available on this website for assistance in preparing the Final Report online. LRO reports must be forwarded to Local Boards for review. All LROs must submit spreadsheets with their Final Reports. It is important that the spreadsheet guidance is read in its entirety.  Please ensure all the required elements are provided on the spreadsheets submitted to the National Board to avoid compliance exceptions and delay of future funds.

If a LRO is required to submit documentation to the National Board, they must include the documentation (vendor invoices and proofs of payment) along with the spreadsheets for each funded category as well as the e-signed LRO Final Report and send them to your Local Board for review.  Do not submit individual LRO Final Reports directly to the National Board.  LROs unsure of their spending period should contact their Local Board.  Local Boards have been advised of each LRO’s submission status with the Final Report notification.

Final Reports are due not later than January 31, 2022. Early submissions are appreciated. If a jurisdiction was funded in more than one Phase, the Final Reports for Phases 37, CARES and 38 must be submitted and organized separately. If the Final Report online submission is missing for one or more Phases, it will NOT be reviewed until the submission for all the funded Phases are received.

Local Boards and LROs can sign into the website to view the full message.



FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE (as of November 23, 2021)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a foundational member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board and would like to share with our family of partner agencies information regarding its COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief to every corner of our nation, taking the lives of over 700,000 people. FEMA is committed to reducing the financial burden of these deaths and is providing individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses with funding for eligible costs.  Since FEMA began the program, over one billion dollars in assistance has already been distributed.

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Like other federal assistance, these funds cannot be used in duplication of other programs.  We are seeking your assistance to help get the word out to individuals who may be eligible to apply. Click here on FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for guidance and eligibility requirements and types of services funded.  Instructions on how to apply for this assistance through FEMA’s dedicated helpline at 1-844-684-6333 can also be found on the website.

Helpline representatives are trained to provide personal application support and answer any questions regarding program eligibility. Since this program is not administered by United Way Worldwide or the EFSP National Board, all questions should be referred to the FEMA Helpline or its website, https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance, for more information. 

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing this program with your community and partner agencies so more people are aware of this financial resource.



Communicating with EFSP Office Reminder

This message is a reminder regarding communicating with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program office.

  • Local Boards and LROs needing to submit information to the EFSP National Board may fax to (703) 706-9677 or scan and email small documents to documentstoefsp@uww.unitedway.org.
  • Any inquiries regarding the EFSP may be sent via email to efsp@uww.unitedway.org. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during office hours, staff is available to receive calls at 703-706-9660.


DUNS Numbers and Associated Information Reminder

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 or emailed to documentstoefsp@uww.unitedway.orgSimply providing the DUNS number alone does not fulfill the EFSP’s requirements; the form must be completed in its entirety.



Q&A sessions on Phase 39 & ARPA-R for SSACs, LBs & LROs

UPDATE: Q&A Sessions for Phase 39 and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R)

 

Due to overwhelming demand, the National Board has added nine (9) additional Q&A sessionsPlease register for only one session on the list below as space is limited. Participation is limited to 200 registrants per session to ensure attendees' questions are addressed. After registration, participants will receive an email notification with meeting details, webinar link, etc. 

 

NOTE: If registration for a session you’ve selected is closed, you’ll need to choose another option.  

 

*For the most current information about available Q&A sessions, please login to your account on the EFSP website

 

If you have any questions about this message, please contact EFSP staff at efsp@uww.unitedway.org or 703-706-9660.

 

Click here to register for Thu, Jan 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Thu, Jan 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Thu, Jan 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Wed, Feb 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Wed, Feb 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Wed, Feb 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Wed, Feb 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Thu, Feb 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for Thu, Feb 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

 

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Greetings,

 

This message is to share the list of Q&A sessions referenced in the Phase 39 and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R) Funding Implementation Schedule.  The National Board is offering these sessions as an opportunity for State Set-Aside Committees, Local Boards and Local Recipient Organizations to receive responses from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) staff to any questions they may have after reviewing the Phase 39 and ARPA-R Overview pre-recorded presentation available on the EFSP website, www.efsp.unitedway.org, under FY2021/ARPAR Funding.  

 

Please register for only one session on the list below as space is limited. Participation is limited to 200 registrants per session to ensure attendees' questions are addressed. After registration, participants will receive an email notification with meeting details, webinar link, etc.  When a session is full, staff will update this listing and remove the registration link. 

 

Tue, Jan 11, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Tue, Jan 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Wed, Jan 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Wed, Feb 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Wed, Feb 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Tue, Mar 1, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Tue, Mar 1, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

 

If you have any questions about this message, please contact EFSP staff at efsp@uww.unitedway.org or 703-706-9660.