Emergency Food and Shelter Program Applications Open

Applications for funding for EFSP Phase 41 are now available. The submission deadline is July 26, 2024.

Tompkins County has been awarded $30,619 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 Phase 41 (Fiscal Year 2023) of this program.

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 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2024.
Email the completed application and all attachments to jmazzello@hsctc.org


Details for Phase 41 funding:

  • The tentative spending period for grantees under Phase 41 will be October 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024. Allowable expenses made before Phase 41 funds are distributed will be eligible as long as they were made within the spending period.
  • The Phase 41 application is significantly shorter than the application for past funding phases. Please keep your responses brief. All applicants will be invited to join the Tompkins County EFSP Local Board for an optional short meeting to discuss their applications in more detail.
  • Because of the short application and spending period timeline, the EFSP Local Board has capped Phase 41 awards at $5,000 per organization.


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.
  • 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 three months’ cost per individual/family.
  • Utilities – past due bills or current bills due within 10 days for gas, electricity, oil, water; reconnect fees; one-time delivery of coal, firewood, propane. Limited to three months’ amount of the arrearage or current three-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.


Note: A Unique Entity ID Number (UEI Number) is required to apply for and receive funding. The UEI Number has replaced the DUNS Number as an ID number for federal funding. You can learn more and apply for a UEI number at https://sam.gov/content/duns-uei. We cannot consider your application without a UEI number.

All qualifying agencies are urged to apply.


For More Information and to Apply:

Download the EFSP Phase 41 Application (fillable PDF). Please review the application details and requirements closely prior to applying. For best results, download the application file to your computer and then complete it, rather than completing it through your browser. Not all browsers can save a fillable PDF. Be sure to save the application after you have filled it out. There is a save button at the end for your convenience. If you need a Word version instead of the PDF version, please contact us.

View the EFSP Phase 41 Summary and Program Information (PDF). This includes basic information about the program and a list of frequently-asked questions (this document is also included in the application).

View a list of Sample Eligible and Ineligible Expenses (PDF). For a more comprehensive list or further explanation of these categories, please contact the Human Services Coalition (this document is also included in the application).

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 manual is from a previous funding period but has been updated with an addendum covering Phase 38 and subsequent phases. There is also a summary of changes to the program beginning with Phases 39 and ARPA-R.

View the funding announcement advertisement (PDF).

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