The purpose of the Emergency Food And Shelter Program is to provide supplements and expand ongoing work of local nonprofits and governmental social service organizations to provide shelter, food, and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, hunger and/or homelessness. 

The program's objectives are to:

  • Allocate funds to the greatest needs of our area
  • Ensure fast response
  • Foster public/private sector cooperation
  • Ensure local decision-making
  • Maintain minimal, but accountable, reporting.

To learn more about EFSP, please visit www.efsp.unitedway.org.  

Application to request EFSP funding is now OPEN


  • Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • Have an accounting system or an approved fiscal agent
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet 
  • Have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Be a registered user of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or be willing to become a registered user and track EFSP clients in the system, if applying for rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance.
  • Practice non-discrimination (agencies with a religious affiliation, will not refuse service to a client based on religion, nor engage in religious proselytizing or religious counseling in any program receiving Federal funds)
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • Have a voluntary board



All applicants are encouraged to read the full EFSP Phase 35 Program ManualPhase 38 addendum, and the Phase 39 & ARPA-R Changes/New Guidance document for full details. Please read the quick-reference guides in each category for an overview of the requirements. (Phase 35 EFSP Program Manual is the most recent and currently utilized, along with the Phase 38 addendum and Phase 39 changes and new guidance document)

Click to download the Phase 39 & ARPA-R Funding Application. Applications are due to Brittnee Orr no later than 5:00pm CST on May 5, 2022.



For more information about how to apply for EFSP funds in Okaloosa County, please contact brittnee@united-way.org or call 850.812.3380