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Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) – Ohio


United Way of Greater Cleveland is seeking applications for its Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to help people who are experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Donor Name: United Way of Greater Cleveland

State: Ohio

County: Cuyahoga County (OH)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/20/2021


The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related emergencies). EFSP funds are open to all organizations helping people who are experiencing hunger and homelessness. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

Locally, the Cuyahoga County Emergency Food and Shelter Board (CCEFSB) is the entity responsible for allocation of the federal dollars that have been awarded to Cuyahoga County. The CCEFSB selects local nonprofit or governmental organizations that have a demonstrated capability to provide emergency food and/or shelter. All awards must be expended by the recipient organizations within the funding cycle.

Local Recipient Organizations Statement of Responsibilities 

For public or private agencies:

  • Has the capability to provide emergency food and/or shelter services.
  • Will use funds to supplement/extend existing resources and not to substitute or reimburse ongoing programs and services.
  • Is nonprofit or an agency of government.
  • Will not use EFSP funds as a cost-match for other Federal funds or programs.
  • Has an accounting system, and will pay all vendors by an approved method of payment.
  • Understands that cash payments (including petty cash) are not eligible under EFSP.
  • Conducts an independent annual review if receiving $25,000-$49,999/an independent annual audit if receiving $50,000 or more in EFSP funds, and an OMB Circular A-133 if receiving $500,000 or more in Federal funding.
  • Has not received an adverse or no opinion audit.
  • Is not debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funds.
  • Has provided a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) to EFSP.
  • Has provided a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required associated information to EFSP.
  • Practices non-discrimination (agencies with a religious affiliation, will not refuse service to an applicant based on religion, nor engage in religious proselytizing or religious counseling in any program receiving Federal funds).
  • Will not charge a fee to clients for EFSP funded services.
  • Has a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit.
  • Will provide all required reports to the Local Board in a timely manner; (i.e., Second Payment/Interim Request and Final Reports).
  • Will expend monies only on eligible costs and keep complete documentation (copies of canceled LRO checks — front and back, other proof of payment, invoices, receipts, etc.) on all expenditures for a minimum of three years after end-of-program date, and for compliance issues until resolved.
  • Will spend all funds and close-out the program by my jurisdiction’s selected end-of-program date and return any unused funds ($5.00 or more) to the National Board.
  • Will provide complete, accurate documentation of expenses to the Local Board, if requested, following my jurisdiction’s selected end-of-program date.
  • Will not use EFSP funding for any lobbying activities and if receiving $100,000 or more, will provide the “Certification Regarding Lobbying” and, if applicable, will complete Standard Form LLL, “Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying”, in accordance with its instructions.
  • Has no known EFSP compliance exceptions in this or any other jurisdiction and is not debarred or suspended from receiving funds or doing business with the Federal government.

For more information, visit Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

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