Federal Grants Available for Food and Shelter Programs

Duval County nonprofits have until May 21 to apply for $809,292 in federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board (EFSP) Program, Phases 37 and CARES.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the funds to the county for the spending period that began on April 1. Local agencies can apply for funding through Changing Homelessness, Inc., which, as the lead agency for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant, provides training and fosters communications between 50 member agencies that directly serve those in need.

Local agencies may use EFSP funds to provide food, shelter, and supportive services, including but not limited to:

  • Prevention
    • Food pantry/groceries
    • Diapers
    • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure
    • Utility assistance or one month of service for gas, electric or water
  • Hotel/Motel
    • Lodging in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter limited to 30 days
    • Served meals or groceries
    • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item
  • Shelter
    • Food services such as congregate meals
    • Night of shelter
    • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. The EFSP National Board has not determined the end date yet for spending the funds available as of April 1. 

 Local applications are due Thursday, May 21, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. 

Visit the EFPS page on the Changing Homelessness website to apply or get more information. 

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