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SAHA Funding Award Announcements (as of May 11, 2020)

The EFSP National Board has reviewed the applications submitted by Local Boards and LROs seeking reimbursement in the Round 2 Application Period of the Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) Funding. The jurisdictions selected to receive an award as of May 6, 2020 have been notified. Jurisdictions' awards are based upon applications submitted by agencies that were funded.

The deadline for Local Board Plans to be submittd to the National Board is Monday, May 18, 2020. Local Boards may access the SAHA Award Announcement and Local Board Plan via the EFSP website, after logging in with the jurisdiction's user ID (six digits) and password, then select Supplemental Funding from the menu on the left of the screen.

If there are questions regarding this message, please contact the EFSP staff at suppfund@uww.unitedway.org or 703.706.9660.



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, www.efsp.unitedway.org, 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 efsp@uww.unitedway.org or 703.706.9660.



Phase 37 (FY2019) and CARES Funding Status (as of April 7, 2020)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board was awarded $120 million in the FY2019 budget. The National Board recognizes the emergency nature of the funding to local jurisdictions in responding to emergency food and shelter needs. There are processes (Federal and National Board) required to get funds to local jurisdictions and they are being completed. Once the National Board staff has finished updating materials official award announcements will be made as expeditiously as possible. The announcements will be sent by email to all qualifying jurisdictions and State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees.

As soon as possible, Local Boards and SSA Committees should sign into the website using their user ID and password to update Local Board member information. By ensuring email addresses for both the Local Board chair and contact are accurate, delays in the receipt of the official award announcement can be prevented.

Please be advised that the EFSP was awarded $200 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. The law is meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Currently, processes have commenced to award the funds to the National Board. As processes are completed and information is available, the National Board will share updates via the EFSP website.

IMPORTANT: The National Board will continue to release Phase 35 and Phase 36 payments to eligible LROs through May 31, 2020.  Please ensure your Local Board Plan(s), LROs’ Interim Reports and Second Payment Requests and reallocation requests are submitted to the National Board prior to the deadline of May 31, 2020. LROs must be able to charge back eligible expenditures made within the jurisdiction’s spending period.  Any expenditures made outside a jurisdiction’s spending period will not be accepted and will result in a compliance exception. Payments cannot be released to LROs with outstanding compliance exceptions in any phase; LROs must resolve them prior to the deadline to receive funds. No Phase 35 or Phase 36 payments will be made after May 31, 2020.

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

Please continue to check Latest News on the EFSP website homepage for the most recent program information.



Supplemental Funding Round 2 Local Board Application Available (as of April 6, 2020)

Update: The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board has extended the Round 2 Application period for Local Boards. The National Board has released the LOCAL BOARD APPLICATION for the Round 2 Application Period of the Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance funding. The Local Board application period is now March 17, 2020 through April 13, 2020. During this period, Local Boards will review applications submitted by service providers for reimbursement. The Local Board Application will close on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. All applications must be submitted to the National Board via the EFSP website, www.efsp.unitedway.org, by the deadline. No application received after the deadline will be accepted for funding consideration. Early submission of applications is encouraged.

The Local Board Application may be accessed from the EFSP website. Local Boards and a State Set-Aside (SSA) Committee serving as a Local Board for agencies requesting these supplemental funds must complete this application and submit it to the EFSP National Board. To access the application, SSA Committees and Local Boards will need to sign in to the EFSP website, using their user ID and password. After signing in, click on Supplemental Funding from the menu on the left of the screen. Local Board Application Instructions can be found on the EFSP website under the Supplemental Funding Information tab.

The Local Board Application package must be submitted by the new deadline of Monday, April 13, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.  

If you have questions about the Supplemental Funding, please contact the EFSP staff at suppfund@uww.unitedway.org or 703-706-9660, option 6.



Additional Phase 35 and Phase 36 Spending Period Options (as of March 18, 2020)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board has voted to allow Local Boards the option to extend their jurisdiction's Phase 35 and Phase 36 spending period beyond the printed dates already offered previously.

Local Boards may request an extension to spend Phase 35 and Phase 36 funds to the end of any month from October 31, 2017 through May 31, 2020. When selected by the Local Board, the option to extend the jurisdiction's spending period will apply to all LROs in the jurisdiction. Remember, if the Local Board extends the spending period, the next funding cycle (Phase 37) will begin the day after the end of the Phase 35/36 spending period, should the jurisdiction receive funds.

If a Local Board selected a spending end date prior to this notice, they may change it. Local Boards satisfied with the jurisdiction’s spending end date selected originally, do not have to submit an extension request form.

Action Required: Local Boards desiring to change their spending period should access the Phase End Date Extension Request Form on the EFSP website, www.efsp.unitedway.org.

While this extension is available to all Local Boards, it does not mean that Local Boards should delay in submitting their plans, resolving plan problems, submitting outstanding Phase 33 and Phase 34 Final Reports, or having LROs resolve compliance exceptions.

Local Boards may access the full message by logging into the website with their userID and password. If you have questions regarding this message, please feel free to contact the EFSP staff at efsp@uww.unitedway.org 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 efsp@unitedway.org.  Simply providing the DUNS number alone does not fulfill the EFSP’s requirements; the form must be completed in its entirety.