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EFSP Grants

Emergency Food and Shelter Program 

Phase 36 Applications have been awarded to the following agencies: 

Catholic Charities - $9,500 for rent/mortgage assistance
ECKAN - $4,000 for rent/mortgage and utilities assistance
Just Food - $6,763 for food bank
Lawrence Community Shelter - $10,000 for served meals
LINK - $5,000 for served meals
The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter - $2,000 for served meals
Success by 6 - $7,500 for rent/mortgage assistance


About EFSP

Federal funds are made available in Douglas County to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP). The amount available is determined by a National Board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's FEMA Agency and includes representatives from national nonprofit organizations. Qualifying local organizations are urged to apply. 

A Local Board is charged with distributing EFSP funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas within the county. The Local Board will review applications requesting funds in the following priority areas: rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter costs, other shelter, and mass feeding (served meals or food pantry). 
In accordance with the authorizing legislation of funds, priority consideration and special emphasis will be given to the specialized needs of:
  • Homeless individuals
  • Individuals with disabilities 
  • Individuals with mental illness
  • The elderly
  • Families with children
  • Native Americans
  • Veterans
EFSP Program Description
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (non-disaster-related). EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping those who are experiencing hunger or homelessness in Douglas County. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering, rent/mortgage or utility assistance efforts for programs already in existence. These funds cannot be used to substitute for other program funds or to start new programs.
EFSP funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation, such as fires of any kind, floods, hurricanes or tornadoes. However, EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence.
Funds can be used to serve permanent residents of and transients within Douglas County, KS.  Each year needs are assessed locally in an effort to respond to changes in the community. Funding is made available by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is a competitive grant process, and no organization is guaranteed funding or to receive the entire amount requested.
Eligibility Criteria
A public or private organization in Douglas County that meets the following:
  • Has no known EFSP compliance exceptions in this or any other jurisdiction,
  • Has the capability to provide emergency food, shelter, rent/mortgage assistance and/or utilities assistance services,
  • Will use funds to supplement/extend existing resources and not to substitute or reimburse ongoing programs and services,
  • Is a nonprofit or an agency of government,
  • Will not use EFSP funds as a cost-match for other Federal funds or programs,
  • Has an accounting system, and will pay all vendors by an approved method of payment,
  • Understands that cash payments (including petty cash) are not eligible under EFSP,
  • Has not received an adverse or no opinion audit,
  • Is not debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funds,
  • Practices nondiscrimination (agencies with a religious affiliation will not refuse service to an applicant based on religion, nor engage in religious proselytizing or religious counseling in any program receiving Federal funds),
  • Has a voluntary board if a private nonprofit,
  • Will attend required trainings and meetings organized by the Local Board
  • Will expend monies only on eligible costs and keep complete documentation (copies of canceled LRO checks -- front and back, other proof of payment, invoices, receipts, etc.) on all expenditures for a minimum of three years after end-of-program date, and for compliance issues until resolved.
  • Will spend all funds and close out the program by jurisdiction's selected end-of-program date and return any unused funds to the National Board,
  • Will provide complete, accurate documentation of expenses to the Local Board

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For more information contact Lea Roselyn, VP of Community Impact, at lroselyn@unitedwaydgco.org