EFSP Funds


Lancaster County has been chosen to receive $69,244 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. These funds will be available in two funding streams – FY19 Phase 37 and COVID-19 Supplemental Phase CARES. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact exec.director@uwaylcsc.org or call 803-283-8923 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is by 12:00 p.m. on May 20, 2020.

Individuals cannot apply directly for funds to United Way, just nonprofit agencies.

The funding selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Lancaster County Local Board is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

A Local Board made up of representatives from the United Way of Lancaster County, American Red Cross, Lancaster County Partners for Youth, Lancaster County, City of Lancaster, State of South Carolina, and other local nonprofit organizations will determine how the funds awarded to Lancaster County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these phases of the program. 

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

Nonprofit, faith-based and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program

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, www.efsp.unitedway.org)

Must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number-http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

Must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)-http://www.irs.gov

Maintain a checking account in the organization’s name for EFSP deposits

Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided

Submit required reports 

Any agency that is awarded funds that participated in the EFSP in the past and has outstanding compliance exceptions must resolve them prior to the release of funds.