Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) provides federal funds to community organizations to help people in times of crisis and to provide prevention services that help people avoid crisis.  United Way of Greater New Haven administers the program for New Haven County.

EFSP funds, which are distributed through a competitive application process, are used to provide served meals or emergency groceries, lodging in shelters or hotels, and emergency rent and mortgage assistance, foreclosure prevention and utility assistance.

For Phase 34, (application found here) the most recent phase for which federal grant funds have been made available, United Way made possible the investment of $498,315 in New Haven County programs that serve individuals and families in the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wolcott, and Woodbridge. Greater New Haven Emergency Food and Shelter Program investments totaled $241,234.29.


United Way of Greater New Haven will administer $498,315 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) for fiscal year 2016-2017 (Phase 34), through a competitive application process for New Haven County nonprofits, faith-based, and government agencies is accepting proposals for emergency services program funding. 


To be eligible for EFSP Phase 34 funding, organizations must provide one or more of the following services (organizations may apply for more than one funding area):

·         Food (served meals, food vouchers, food pantries)

·         Shelter (mass shelter, motel vouchers)

·         Rental Assistance

·         Utility Assistance


EFSP Funds are supplemental and may not exceed 50% of a program budget. Funds are not intended to substitute for other program funds or to start new programs and are not to be held or reserved for future use. The spending period for Phase 34 is from December 1, 2016 through November 30, 2017.


Prior to submitting an application for funding organizations are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to review the "EFSP Quick Reference Guides" to familiarize themselves with funding guidelines, (new) requirements, practices and reporting expectations. FUNDS GRANTED BUT NOT EXPENDED AND DOCUMENTED ACCORDING TO THE EFSP HANDBOOK GUIDELINES MUST BE RETURNED.  Please refer to the handbook for specifics.  Organizations with the GREATEST ability to maximize funding against program impact are preferred.  


Applications are due electronically ([email protected])

no later than 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Exceptions will not be made.



·         Have 501 c3 status or be an agency of government;

·         Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN);

·         Have a Federal D-U-N-S Identification Number (D-U-N-S Number can be obtained by telephoning 1-866-705-5711), complete and submit a DUNS Form with this application. A blank D-U-N-S form can be accessed here: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Please attach your completed DUNS form to the end of this submission;

·         Have a New Haven County EFSP Local Board Approved Accounting System (if your agency/organization does not meet this criteria you must apply with a fiscal agent which meets this criteria):

*All agency/organizations applying for $50,000 or more must conduct and submit an annual independent audit and IRS Form 990.  

*All agencies/organizations applying for $25,000-49,999 must conduct and submit an annual accountant's review

*All agencies/organizations applying for $1-24,999 must submit a "Balance Sheet/Statement of Financial Position" and "Income Statement/Statement of Activities"

*All financial documents must be for the current or previous fiscal year.

·         Governed by a volunteer board of directors (nonprofits only);

·         Provide services guided by a non-discriminatory policy;

·         Programs must have a comparative amount of secured funding (51%+ of the program funding must come from a source other than the EFSP) to which they are leveraging EFSP funding;

·         Funded programs must provide year round services within the intent of the EFSP and in the category for which they are requesting funding;

·         Funded programs must use EFSP funds on an ongoing basis to supplement and expand existing eligible on-going direct service costs expanding program services and increasing the number of clients served during the period of December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017.


PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to submit a completed Phase 34 LRO Certification form. These forms will be made available on the EFSP website in the upcoming weeks. We will send you a PDF when it is released. You will be required to complete the LRO Certification Form with your LRO number and your name AS IT APPEARS ON THE EFSP WEBSITE. Please visit the EFSP website to verify your number and organization name prior to submitting the form.


Due to this year's timeline United Way staff and reviewers will be unable to provide additional time after application submission for applicants to clarify, complete or revise submissions. It is imperative submitted applications meet the identified criteria and include the required attachments by the application deadline 12 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to be considered for funding.


Questions regarding the application process should be forwarded to Ellie Meise-Munns, United Way of Greater New Haven at [email protected]


Created: April 6, 2009 - 11:52am
-- Updated: April 19, 2017 - 6:32pm