Community Investments

Local human services agencies are invited to apply for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds. To supplement existing emergency food and shelter programs, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach have been chosen to receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

As with previous cycles of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, awarded funds are facilitated by phase. However, this cycle of the EFSP program will be unique from previous phases being that there will be two phases occurring simultaneously, Phase 37 and Phase CARES.

Phase 37 will be the next phase of EFSP, following Phase 36. Applications for Phase 37 will be submitted by agencies, following the standard eligibility requirements.

Phase CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) will occur in addition to Phase 37 and will allow agencies to apply for EFSP funds designated to address needs related to the impacts of Covid-19 in each jurisdiction.

Blackbaud Grantmaking Application Portal
Submissions should be submitted electronically through the online application portal. Please follow instructions for logging in and completing the application. Here are a few useful tips:

You may reference the “Blackbaud Grantmaking 101” guide for additional guidance on using the system.

A local board will determine how funds will be distributed. To apply for funding, agencies must:

  • be private, voluntary non-profits; public nonprofits; or units of government;
  • be eligible to receive federal funds;
  • have an accounting system;
  • practice nondiscrimination;
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • and if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 PM, Friday, May 22nd, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information contact:
(757) 853-8500 ext.151


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