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Emergency Food, Shelter Grant Workshop Slated
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Local programs that provide emergency food and housing are encouraged to attend an upcoming grant workshop.

An Emergency Food and Shelter Program virtual Technical Workshop for Phase 41 grant applicants is scheduled via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

RSVP is required by Monday, Sept. 11 to participate.

The Stanislaus County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board will open the competitive application process for Phase 41 funding awarded to eligible jurisdictions by the National EFSP Board through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Stanislaus County’s Phase 41 award has not yet been announced; however, the Phase 40 allocation was $297,119.

Local recipients of Phase 40 funding were Community Sharing Christian Center of Oakdale, Riverbank Christian Food Sharing, Center for Human Services and Children’s Crisis Center, among others.

Funding consideration will be given to eligible applicants from local public or private voluntary organizations serving Stanislaus County with an existing and fully operational program. No start up programs or administrative funding is allowed under this grant.

Deadline to submit a completed EFSP application is Friday, Oct. 13 by 4 p.m. For more information or to RSVP for the mandatory workshop by Sept. 11, contact Rebecca Ciszek, EFSP Board Administrator at:

Nationally, $130 million has been made available under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2023. The Stanislaus EFSP Board follows National Board guidelines that require representation from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Congregation Beth Shalom, The Ministerial Association, Salvation Army, and United Way. Additional representation includes local government, homeless services, community-based organizations, and citizens. The Local Board is also responsible for monitoring funded programs, including any additional funds made available under a current program phase.

In accordance with National EFSP guidelines, the local EFSP Board will review eligible organizational applicants and consider funding recommendations to expand their existing emergency food and shelter programs.

To be eligible under terms of the National EFSP Board, local applying agencies must meet the basic requirements of: 1) be a private voluntary non-profit or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have a program in current operation (no-start-ups) with demonstrated capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter services, 6) if awarded, operate program with funds received retroactively for services provided, and 7) if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

For more information on the EFSP National Program visit