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EFSP Local Board

United Way Blackhawk Region
Mary Fanning-Penny, LB Contact
ECHO & Homeless Intervention Task Force
Jessica Locher, LB Chair
American Red Cross
Tom Mooney
Catholic Charities
Kaitlin Erdmann 
Faith Community
Pastor Jason Benjestorf
Family Services SWANI
Kelsey Hood
Rock County
April Heim
Salvation Army Rock County
Major Tom McDowell


EFSP Application

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was appropriated supplemental funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in FY 2020 in the amount of $200 million. Besides the CARES funding to respond to the COVID-19 impact on communities, the program was appropriated $120 million in FY 2019 and $125 million in FY 2020 annual appropriations. The total of these three appropriations awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the National Board for the EFSP is $445 million.

Rock County has been chosen to receive $162,465 to supplement Emergency Food and Shelter programs (EFSP) in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.
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. The numbers may be obtained, as follows:

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
DUNS numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) at no cost. Click to Apply for DUNS

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Link for FEIN
Any nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds.  Current or former EFSP participation is not required for participation. EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs.  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; and
• Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item.
The National EFSP Board has prepared a webinar, Overview and Guidance, Phases 37, 38 and CARES, Calendar Year 2020, to provide additional information to interested agencies. 
The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. Rock County’s Local Board of the EFSP is facilitated by Mary Fanning-Penny, President & CEO of United Way Blackhawk Region and consists of representatives from the faith community, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, ECHO, Family Services of S.W.A.N.I., Rock County government, and Salvation Army. The Local Board is also responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
1) Be private, voluntary nonprofits with a voluntary board or units of government;
2) Be eligible to receive federal funds (past EFSP participation is not a requirement);
3) Have a DUNS Number and a FEIN;
4) Maintain a checking account in the organization’s name for EFSP deposits;
5) Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided;
6) Practice non-discrimination;
7) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26th to United Way Blackhawk Region. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit applications via email, as staff works remotely during the Governor’s Safer at Home order. We cannot guarantee timely receipt or process of applications otherwise submitted. Please send completed application to
Please note: To increase the likelihood of a successful application, agencies are encouraged to apply to both Phase 37 and Phase CARES. These can be duplicate applications, or the Phase 37 application can be the primary application with the Phase CARES application providing additional needed dollars. National EFSP requires that a separate application be submitted for each Phase.

Phase 37 Application - Download

Phase CARES Application - Download