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In FY 2022, FEMA awarded to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board the $130 million made available under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022 (Pub. L. No. 117-103). The FY 2022 $130 million in annual funding is Phase 40 of the program and not the supplemental humanitarian relief funding.

Marion and Jefferson Counties have been selected to receive a total appropriation of $35,971 by Congress to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, with $17,796 awarded to Marion County and $18,175 awarded to Jefferson County.

The National Board is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the United Way of America, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, and the National Council of Churches. A local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas in the county.

A local board made up of The United Way of South Central Illinois, The Red Cross, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, area church representatives and local government officials will determine how the funds are awarded to Marion and Jefferson Counties and will be distributed among the emergency food and shelters programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Under terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

1. Be private voluntary non-profit or units of government

2. Be eligible to receive federal funds

3. Have an accounting system

4. Practice non-discrimination

5. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter services

6. Must have a voluntary board


Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Natalie Wellen at the United Way of South Central Illinois at 618-242-8000 for an application. The final deadline for the applications will be March 30, 2023.

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