Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

To supplement emergency food and shelter programs here in the North Bay, the National EFSP Board has chosen Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties to receive funding from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Each county is represented by a Local Board that distributes the appropriated funds. 

That’s where United Way of the Wine Country steps in to help, by leveraging our experience and expertise to effectively manage funding requests from local agencies to assist people experiencing economic emergencies. 

Organizations wishing to apply for EFSP Funding must: 

  • Be a non-profit or public agency; 
  • Have a voluntary Board, if a private non-profit agency; 
  • Practice non-discrimination and not require religious services or payment for the receipt of services; 
  • Not charge clients for EFSP services; 
  • Not require an individual to attend counseling activities as a condition of assistance; 
  • Not conduct lobbying activities using EFSP funds; 
  • Not act as a vendor for itself or other EFSP-funded agency, except for shared maintenance fees for food banks; 
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs (not start up programs); and, 
  • Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and a federal DUNS number. 

Links to applications for Phase 38 are available below. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  

For more information, please contact Nicollette Weinzveg, Community Impact Director, at 707.284.7085 or nicollette.weinzveg@unitedwaywinecountry.org

Applications & Forms

Preview Sonoma County EFSP Phase 38 Application

Preview Lake and Mendocino County EFSP Phase 38 Application

Log On/Create an Account to Apply

Phase 38 EFSP Program Budget Template

Local Recipient Organization’s (LRO) Responsibilities

Eligible/Ineligible Costs

EFSP Phase 35 Manual – The EFSP National Manual outlines Local Recipient Organization’s (LRO) responsibilities (p 33) and eligible/ineligible costs (p 58).

Phase 38 Addendum to Program Manual

DUNS – This form provides instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number. This process can take several weeks to complete so please review immediately if you are in need of a DUNS number.

Applicant Workshop Materials

Mass Shelter Quick Reference Guide

Other Shelter Quick Reference Guide

Rent-Mortgage Quick Reference Guide

Served Meals Quick Reference Guide

Other Food Quick Reference Guide

Sample Spreadsheets

For more information on assessing a housing/shelter program, visit Housing First.