Now accepting applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding

United Way of Larimer County will distribute $646,391 in federal funds

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Larimer County $646,391 in federal funds through the National Emergency Food and Shelter Council (EFSP) program. ) for Phase 39 and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R) phase. Any non-profit, faith-based, or local government agency providing food and lodging services can apply for until March 23. Current or previous participation in the EFSP is not required for participation.

EFSP funds supplement food and accommodation services and cannot be used as seed money for new programs. Agencies may receive funding to provide food, shelter, and support services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as group meals or groceries
  • Accommodation in a mass shelter, hotel/motel or other off-site shelter for up to 30 days of assistance per individual or household
  • Up to 90 days of rent or mortgage assistance to avoid eviction or foreclosure
  • Utility support up to 90 days of service for gas, electric and water service; and

Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies and small essential equipment to feed or house people, not to exceed $300 per item.

“EFSP is a national program administered by United Ways across the country on behalf of the federal government. The funds leverage United Way of Larimer County’s local fundraising efforts with critical emergency relief for our most vulnerable populations,” said Lauren Leary, director of Community Impact. “United Way of Larimer County is grateful for its partnership with FEMA to provide high-needs funds to nonprofit organizations supporting individuals and families in Larimer County who are experiencing economic emergencies. A local council composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States; The Jewish Federation of North America; The Salvation Army; and other community leaders are responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds to a national EFSP board.

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