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Supplemental Funding Upcoming Application Notice (as of March 26, 2021)

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

The National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) will open an application period in mid-April 2021 for funds made available under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 for the purposes of providing humanitarian relief to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the funds to the National Board on March 18, 2021. The total available funding is $110 million.

Eligible organizations that provide shelter, food, transportation, basic health and first aid, COVID-19 testing and associated medical care needed during quarantine and isolation, and other supportive services may apply. Most of the funding is anticipated to be awarded to service organizations from southern border states where the greatest needs are expected to be met, but organizations in all states nationwide may apply if they are serving this population of vulnerable people. Current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for application submission.

Detailed information about the funding, application period, and timespan allowed for eligible expenditures will be provided the week of March 29, 2021, in official guidance.

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019

SAHA funding in the amount of $30 million was made available by FEMA to the National Board in 2019 for providing assistance to jurisdictions and local recipient organizations helping a significant influx of southern border migrants released from the custody of DHS. Over $25 million of the funding was awarded in two application periods to 144 service organizations, nonprofit and governmental.  Now, approximately $4.1 million remains to be awarded.

The National Board will implement a funds delivery method based on the submission of Special Funding Requests (SFRs) to expedite the reimbursement of these remaining funds for eligible costs incurred by nonprofit and governmental organizations assisting this specified population of vulnerable people. To participate, eligible organizations must have been awarded funds in either of the two previous application periods and provided services to migrants at the southwest border from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. The SFR funding method will only be available to the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Local Boards and SSAs will be allowed to submit SFRs to the National Board for expenses incurred by service organizations starting April 1, 2021. Notification of this SFR opportunity is available on the website under the Supplemental Funding Info Tab.

For all questions regarding the supplemental funding awarded to EFSP, please contact the EFSP staff at or 703.706.9660.

Supplemental Funding Preliminary Notice (as of February 19, 2021)

The National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is now making available all remaining Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) funds for a Round 3 application period; approximately $4.1 million remains for distribution. Since relatively so few dollars remain, eligible expenses will be considered and prioritized for reimbursement according to sheltering, feeding, transportation, basic heath and first aid, and then other supportive services. The allowable time period for eligible expenditures will be provided in the Round 3 Guidance that will be made available in the coming weeks.

The National Board is sending this preliminary notice to advise of the funding opportunity and so that interested nonprofit and government agencies may begin to anticipate what expenditures they would like to submit in their applications for reimbursement. Any nonprofit or government agency can apply for the funds; current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for participation. Only agencies that can document expenditures made to migrants released from DHS custody at the southern border are considered to receive funds for eligible services provided. Previous participation in the first and second application rounds do not preclude an organization from applying in the third round for eligible services provided.

Please note that this funding is separate from other funding administered by the EFSP, including for Fiscal Year 2019 (Phase 37), Fiscal Year 2020 (Phase 38), and Phase CARES.


  • Agencies – Interested agencies should prepare for the application process by gathering and organizing the necessary documentation for eligible service expenditures.
  • Local Boards – Local Boards should broadly share information with agencies (nonprofit and governmental) in the community via their networks and coalitions, including social media, as appropriate, regarding potential funding. This notification should aim to reach all agencies whether they have participated in the EFSP in the past.
  • SSA Committees – Each SSA Committee is asked to contact the Governor’s office of their state to advise of the funding opportunity.

Time is of the essence in the distribution of these funds; therefore, SSAs, Local Boards and agencies should be prepared for an accelerated application process.

The National Board recognizes that organizations have been facing an increase in the number of migrants seeking safe asylum and that they are once again stepping up to provide this essential assistance.  Please expect to see additional details in the coming weeks as the National Board develops the program guidance for this Round 3 application period. The full message with more information is available on the homepage of the EFSP website under the Supplemental Funding Info Tab or by clicking here.

For all questions regarding this preliminary notice, please contact the EFSP staff at or 703.706.9660.

Phase 38, Fiscal Year 2020 Funding (as of February 1, 2021)

Phase 38, fiscal year 2020, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funding announcements were made on December 22, 2020. The chair and contact for all qualifying jurisdictions and all State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees were notified via email. Phase 38 Local Board Plans and SSA Committee Plans are available on the EFSP website, The chair and contact for each Local Board and SSA Committee may access the plans after logging into the EFSP website with their user ID and password.

This is a reminder that Board Plans and SSA Committee Plans are due to the National Board on Friday, February 5, 2021.  If a Local Board or SSA Committee cannot meet the deadline, plans may still be submitted to EFSP until further notice. However, the delay in submission of the Local Board Plan or SSA Committee Plan will cause delay in the processing and approving of plans to release funds to Local Recipient Organizations (LROs).

To allow sufficient time to thoughtfully provide services, the EFSP National Board has voted to allow Local Boards the option to extend their jurisdiction's spending period beyond the printed dates already offered previously, notification was shared with Local Boards via email. Local Boards may choose to spend Phase 38 funds to the end of any month from January 31, 2020 through October 31, 2021. Please note if no end date extension is selected when the Local Board Plan is submitted to the National Board, the spending period for the jurisdiction will automatically end October 31, 2021.

Local Boards may login with their user ID and password to view the full message.

EFSP staff is available to respond to any questions regarding the submission of the Phase 38 Local Board Plan or spending period extension requests.  Please feel free to contact the staff at or 703.706.9660.

Please continue to check Latest News for the most recent program information.

Communicating with EFSP Office Reminder (as of November 13, 2020)

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
  • Any inquiries regarding the EFSP may be sent via email to 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 (as of August 24, 2020)

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.