Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

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Johnson County, Indiana has been awarded federal funds through the department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) National Board program.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.  The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
Phase 37 Allocations
CARES Allocations
Important:  Johnson County Local Board priortiizes applications based on current community needs and resources. 

Quick recource Guides:

  Mass Shelter

  Other Food

  Other Shelter


  Served Meals


 Emergency Food and Shelter Manaul (Large file)

AddendumP37 Manual (Large file)


A Local Board made up of representatives from local organizations such as American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Jewish Federation of Central Indiana, Johnson County Commissioners, local Community Action Agency, Faith Based Organizations, and United Way of Johnson County will determine how the funds awarded to Johnson County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.  Agencies will be notified by email of the application outcome.  
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications.
Nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program are encouraged to apply.
Eligible applicants must: 
• Not charge fees for EFSP-funded services.
• Be supplementing existing programs. The funds cannot be used to start new programs, supplant funding lost from other sources, or prevent a program closure.EFSP funds cannot exceed half of an agency’s total budget for a particular component (i.e. for each component in which funding is being sought, an applicant must have at least as much funding coming from other sources as is being requested from the EFSP program).  Requests in excess of half of an agency’s budget for a particular component will not be considered for funding.
• Be a 501 (c) 3 non-profit or governmental agency.
• Local recipient organizations have at least two (2) years experience conducting the service for which they are seeking EFSP funding. 
• Have a Federal Employer Tax ID Number.
• Have a DUNS number.
• Have a checking account.
• Conduct an independent annual audit if receiving $50,000 or more in EFSP funds; conduct an annual review if receiving $25,000 to $49,999 in EFSP funds.
• Comply with OMB single audit requirements if receiving over $300,000 in federal funds.
• Practice nondiscrimination.
• Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit.
• Involve homeless individuals and families, through employment, volunteer programs, etc., in providing emergency food and shelter services, to the extent applicable.
• Be able to collect and submit reports, as well as detailed documentation, including payment within 90 days, of all expenditures.
Prior to applying, agencies should consider their ability to operate within the funding parameters of the program.  Funded agencies must be able to provide documentation of all expenditures within the spending period, regardless of when payment is actually received.   The current spending dates are will be announced when funding is approved.
For instructions and application to apply for the Phase 37 Johnson County grants CLICK HERE. For instruction and application to apply for the CARES funding CLICK HERE. The deadline to apply is June 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. 
Contact Information
Jenny Kinnaman
United Way of Johnson County
594 Ironwood Drive
P.O. Box 153
Franklin, IN 46131