Stephenson County Awarded Federal Funds Now Available To Qualified Service Organizations

STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS — Stephenson County has been awarded federal funds made available through the department of homeland security (dhs)/federal emergency management agency under the emergency food and shelter national board program

The monies awarded to Stephenson County are used to supplement existing services that provide emergency food and shelter services in Stephenson County.  There are two separate applications, one for Phase 37and one for Phase CARES Supplemental.

The selection was made by a National Board which is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way Worldwide.

The local board, which is composed of representatives from Stephenson County, is now charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas in our communities. The local board is seeking applications from qualified service organizations (please see detailed list of qualifications below) serving Stephenson County.  Those interested in applying can visit United Way of Northwest Illinois’ website or contact our office to receive an application.

Stephenson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to Freeport Area Church Cooperative, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency Senior Citizen Services, Hearts That Care, and VOICES. Areas that are eligible to receive funds include: served meals, other food, mass shelter (on-site), other shelter, supplies/equipment, and building code repairs/accessibility improvements.

Eligibility to receive funds: 

Nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program may be eligible based on the terms from the National Board.

  • Past EFSP participation is not a requirement
  • Submit applications to the Local Board for funding (point of contact can be obtained via the EFSP website,
  • Must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number-
  • Must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) –
  • Maintain a checking account in the organization’s name for EFSP deposits
  • Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided
  • Submit required reports

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. The key responsibility of participating organizations is to provide assistance within the intent of the program.

Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

FOOD SERVICES • Congregate Meals • Food Purchases • Home Delivery Meals (e.g., Meals on Wheels)

SHELTER SERVICES • Mass Shelters (e.g., local shelter facilities) • Hotel/Motel • Rent/Mortgage

SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT PURCHASES • Cleaning Supplies For Shelters, Feeding Sites • Small Equipment Purchases Up To $300 Per Item (e.g., microwave)

UTILITY SERVICES FOR CLIENTS • (gas, electric, water)

ADMINISTRATIVE ALLOWANCE • 2% of Jurisdiction’s Award • Local Board Determines Use 

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds can visit or contact the United Way of Northwest Illinois, Inc. at (815) 232-5184 for an application and LRO Certification form. Grant request applications are due by May 13th, 2020 at the United Way office, 524 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, by 4:00pm.

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