Weld County has been awarded $106,386 in federal funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Chaired by United Way of Weld County, the Weld County EFSP local board will determine how the funds will be distributed.

Qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply. Please contact Lyle SmithGraybeal at lyle@unitedway-weld.org or (970) 304-6199 for an application. The deadline for applications is end of business day on October 23, 2019.

In its 36-year history, EFSP local United Ways have facilitated the distribution of $4.5 billion to more than 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country. The EFSP local board consists of representatives from the community, local government, and non-profit agencies and is responsible for recommending funding based on applications submitted. Awarded funds may be used to serve vulnerable populations with served meals, other food, mass shelter, other temporary shelter, supplies, building repairs, rent/mortgage assistance, and utilities assistance.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established in 1983 to supplement the capacity of local agencies in providing emergency food and shelter to households facing a crisis situation. The program is overseen by a National Board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that consists of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.

Under the terms of the grant from the EFSP National Board, local emergency food and shelter organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; 2) have an accounting system; 3) practice nondiscrimination; 4) have demonstrated capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.