United Way of Will County receives DHS & FEMA funds under the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) funds in the amount of $345,687 for Phase 39 and $1,068,437 for ARAPA-R have been awarded to the United Way of Will County.

According to Kamala Martinez, President and CEO of United Way of Will County, these funds will supplement already existing emergency food and shelter programs.  The funds have been made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and are open to non-profit organizations and public agencies.

In the last phase of funding (Phase 38), United Way of Will County awarded $361,728 to nine agencies selected by an independent, volunteer review panel.
A local board is charged with distributing these funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas within Will County.  Funding will be provided in the following priority areas: mass shelter, other shelter, served meals, other foods (i.e., food pantries), rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance.

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

  • Be private non-profits or agencies of government.
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds.
  • Have an accounting system.
  • Practice non-discrimination.
  • Have existing emergency food and/or shelter programs.
  • If a private organization, have a voluntary board.
  • Submit an online application by the below deadline.

The request for proposal will open on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 

The request for proposal will open on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 

Application and Requirements

Completed applications to the United Way of Will County due by Friday, February 18, 2022, at 4:00pm.

For application and requirements contact Loren Yakisch at loren@uwwill.org.

Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.