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Food and Shelter Program Applications Sought By Northern Berkshire United Way


The National Board has awarded Berkshire County $62,726 PHASE 39 (FY20) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) assistance funding and $193,871 for ARPA-R (FY21).  Northern Berkshire United Way, local administrator of the program, is urging qualifying organizations located throughout Berkshire County that want to submit an application for supplemental emergency food and shelter to obtain it at this link:  (PHASE 39 (FY20) APPLICATION.)  To submit an application for ARPA-R obtain it at this link:  (ARPAR (FY21) APPLICATION.)  For guidance and a sample of the EFSP worksheet, click here.  EFSP SPREADSHEET GUIDANCE/SAMPLE.


Local organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with a Voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.  Applicants must submit their application by email only with a their financial audit  by midnight on Monday February 28, 2022 to: Christa Collier at Paper applications will not be accepted.


The funds are awarded through the Department of Homeland Security and the award is made by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board, that consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, The Jewish Federations of North America, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way Worldwide. Funds pass directly from the Department of Homeland Security to the EFSP program and then to local agencies that are awarded funding, and a sub-committee of the local board made up of representatives of organizations that are not requesting or receiving funds determines the actual organizations that receive funding.

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