Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Funding Available

Applications for funding for EFSP Phase 38 are now available. The submission deadline is February 1, 2021.

Tompkins County has been awarded $36,606 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

The Human Services Coalition administers this program locally. Applications are now being accepted for the open round of funding, known as Phase 38. The spending period for grantees under Phase 38 will be January 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Allowable expenses made before Phase 38 funds are distributed will be eligible as long as they are made within the spending period.


The types of services that are allowable under this program include:

  • Served Meals – food used in served meals; costs of transporting food to clients.
  • Other Food – food vouchers; food boxes; grocery orders; food purchased for food banks and/or food pantries.
  • Mass Shelter – direct expenses associated with housing a client (e.g., supplies, linens, etc.); transportation costs.
  • Other Shelter – reasonable nonprofit facility or hotel/motel acting as a vendor; SRO.
  • Supplies/Equipment – items essential to the preparation of food; items essential to providing mass shelter. Eligible items under this category are limited. Please review the program information below and contact us to confirm eligibility before applying.
  • Rehabilitation/Emergency Repairs – eligible expenses under this category are extremely limited and require prior approval by the Local EFSP Board and the National EFSP Board. Please contact us before applying to discuss your proposal.
  • Rent/Mortgage – past due rent or mortgage (principal and interest only) payment; current rent or mortgage due within 10 days; first month’s rent; lot fee for mobile homes. Limited to one month’s cost per individual/family.
  • Utilities – past due bills or current bills due within 10 days for gas, electricity, oil, water (actual or budgeted amount); reconnect fees; one-time delivery of coal, firewood, propane. Limited to one month’s amount of the arrearage or current one-month amount.


Eligible local agencies must:

  • Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government,
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds,
  • Have an accounting system,
  • Practice nondiscrimination,
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and
  • If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

All qualifying agencies are urged to apply.


For More Information and to Apply:

Download the EFSP Phase 38 Application (Word document). Please review the application details and requirements closely prior to applying.

View the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Manual (PDF). Applicants are encouraged to review the entire document, but to especially understand the sections on recipient organization responsibilities (pages 37-44) and eligible expenses/documentation (pages 63-79 and 96-107). The sections on eligible costs are also available as an excerpt for your convenience (the manual is from a previous funding period but has been updated with the Phase 38 Addendum below).

View the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 38 Addendum, which updates the Program Manual with the most recent information and requirements.

View the funding announcement advertisement (PDF)

Eligible projects under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program are limited by the federal funding, and new applicants are encouraged to apply. All applicants MUST contact John Mazzello at jmazzello@hsctc.org or 607-252-7214 prior to applying to ensure that their proposed activities are eligible for funding.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021
Email the completed application and all attachments to jmazzello@hsctc.org

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