Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)



September 27, 2019

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has allocated $48,272.00 Chelan County; $26,742.00 Douglas County to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Chelan and Douglas Counties during Phase 36 (2/1/2019 - 3/31/2020).

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or agency of government in good standing with the IRS
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • Have an accounting system
  • Have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet
  • Practice non-discrimination (agencies with a religious affiliation, will not refuse service to a client based on religion, nor engage in religious proselytizing or religious counseling in any program receiving Federal funds)
  • Have the capacity to deliver emergency food programs
  • Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit

Eligible organizations may request a minimum of $1,000 per organization.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement or expand existing resources. The local EFSP board for Chelan and Douglas Counties has determined that the funds will be used  for Served Meals, Other Food, Mass Shelter, Other Shelter, Supplies/Equipment, Rehabiliation/Emergnecy Repairs, Rent/Mortgage and Utilities categories. EFSP funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis and require specific documentation for proof of purchase. The Phase 36 Funding Cycle is retroactive to February 1, 2019, which means eligible expenses dated February 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 can be reimbursed using EFSP funds with documented proof of purchase.


Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions about the EFSP program


The application window for Phase 36 is now open.  Download attached PDF.      Sample Eligible and Ineligible Expendentures.

Phase 36 Funding Cycle: 2/1/2019 - 3/31/2020

Application Window: Closes November 1, 2019 at 2:00pm

Next Funding Cycle (Phase 37): 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020 (estimated)


The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The national board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

During its 36 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $4.4 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

Funds from EFSP are distributed to each county in the United States based on its current population size, unemployment rate, and poverty rate.

United Way of North Central Washington facilitates a local board of community volunteers who decide how the funds from EFSP are distributed within Chelan and Douglas Counties each year.

In 2018 (Phase 35), more than $34,000 was distributed from EFSP to local food banks and shelter centers in Chelan and Douglas Counties to support emergency food and shelter for people in need.

For more information about EFSP, go to https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm.


For more information about how to apply for EFSP funds in Chelan and Douglas Counties, contact carrie@uwncw.org  or call 509-662-8261