Humanitarian Funding Information Details

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced a $350 million funding opportunity for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board to fund the humanitarian portion of the program (EFSP-H). This humanitarian funding is designed to support local governments and nonprofit organizations as they assist migrant families and individuals encountered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the southern border.

Currently, there is an application period for agencies to submit applications for reimbursement of eligible expenditures incurred while providing assistance to families and individuals encountered by DHS at the southern border. The application period began March 3, 2023 and is for eligible expenditures incurred on July 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023. The application period will close on Sunday, April 2, 2023.

Additionally, the funding method called a Humanitarian Advanced Funding Request (HAFR) is available for fiscal agents to request funding directly of the National Board on behalf of service agencies in their communities. Information about the HAFR method is available in the updated FY23 Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance posted on the EFSP website. All HAFRs must also be submitted to the National Board by April 2, 2023.

In March FEMA and the National Board hosted six webinars for potential applicants of EFSP-H funds to explain how to apply, discuss any changes from the previous application guidance, and provide answers about the application process. In addition to the webinars, EFSP staff hosted a meeting on March 22, 2023 to respond to questions from those who may be interested in submitting an advanced funding requests.

If your agency is planning to submit a request for reimbursement, please scroll down to the link on this page and click Start a Humanitarian Funding LRO Application, ensure it is completed and submitted by the April 2, 2023 deadline. Fiscal Agents may submit their requests for advanced funding to the National Board via the email address or EFSP staff can provide a link to send the request electronically. Templates to provide detail for advanced funding requests have been prepared and can be provided, if needed.

If you have already submitted an application for reimbursement or an advanced funding request to the National Board, no further action is required.
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Fiscal Year 2023 Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance
Addendum to the Humanitarian Guidance
Humanitarian Guidance
HR22 Spreadsheet Templates
FY23 Spreadsheet Templates
ARPA Humanitarian Relief Funds Spending Period Extension Notification
American Rescue Plan Act Guidance
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