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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.


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