EFSP Phase 38

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) Phase 38  Funding Now Available


Contacts:        Theresa Verslues, Vice President – theresa.verslues@unitedwaycemo.org 
                         Ann Bax, President - ann.bax@unitedwaycemo.org

(Jefferson City, Missouri - January 8, 2021) Congress has appropriated funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend their Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for Phase 38.  A local board, comprised of representatives from local governmental bodies, non-profit social service agencies, and religious organizations is charged with overseeing the Phase 38 award distribution for District #1 in mid-Missouri.  The local board has announced the total District #1 funding available by county is as follows: Callaway: $9,448, Cole: $15,999, Moniteau: $3,440 and Osage: $1,769. 

Under the terms of the EFSP grant, local organizations eligible to receive these funds should: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits, faith-based, or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency utility, food and/or shelter programs, and 5) have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.  Any nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds in EFSP Phase 38.  Current or former EFSP participation is not required for participation. All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications. Failure to provide these numbers will prevent or delay the release of funds to agencies, if they are awarded by the Local Board. 

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs.  The key responsibility of participating organizations is to provide assistance within the intent of the program.  Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as congregate meals or groceries;

  • Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days assistance per individual or household;

  • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;

  • Utility assistance for one month of service for gas, electric and water service;

  • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item.

Qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply and the District #1 Local Board will be responsible for final funding decisions under this phase of the program.

Public or private voluntary organizations in Callaway, Cole, Moniteau and Osage counties who are interested in applying for the Phase 38 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding can download an application at the link above, contact our office at (573) 636-4100 or request one by emailing theresa.verslues@unitedwaycemo.org. The deadline for submission is January 25 by 5:00pm.