Cecil County: Learn How to Submit an EFSP Application Before July 31 Deadline

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ELKTON, MD — Cecil County announced it has been awarded federal funding under Phase 40 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The National Board will distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.  Nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations, state, county, and local government agencies interested in applying for EFSP funds should contact Krista Gilmore at [email protected] or (410) 996-8416.  A virtual briefing on the program will be conducted for interested agencies on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. To register for the briefing session, please email [email protected].  The deadline for submitting an EFSP application is July 31, 2023.

Available EFSP funds for Cecil County for Phase 40 total $48,893. This funding is made available by a National Board and State Set-Aside committee chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and 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 U.S.A., and United Way of America.

A Local Board comprised of representatives from the United Way of Cecil County, the Cecil County Department of Community Services, and other agencies will determine how the funds awarded to Cecil 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 available under this phase of the program.

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Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations, or state, county, or local government agencies; 2) be eligible to receive federal funds; 3) be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation; 4) have an accounting system; 5) practice nondiscrimination; 6) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 7) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Please note, any qualified organization that wishes to apply for funding under the EFSP Phase 40 MUST have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) prior to applying for funding. If you are interested in applying for funding for ESFP funds and do not have a UEI, please visit https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration  for application information as soon as possible.

For further questions, please contact Krista Gilmore at [email protected] or (410) 996-8416.

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