EsFP Information.

.EFSP Phase 37 & Phase CARES.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, through the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” Public Law 98-8 and authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. The legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. 

Under the guidance of the of EFSP National Board and direct supervision of the Local Board, United Way of Northwest Arkansas serves as administrator for Northwest Arkansas counties. These funds are awarded in Benton, Carroll, and Washington counties for Phase 37 (FY2019 annual funding) and Phase CARES (FY2020 COVID-19 supplemental funding).  Funds were not awarded to Madison County for either phases. Both funding phases will be administered concurrently. These counties will receive the following amounts to supplement emergency food and shelter programs:

Phase 37 Funding: 

  • Benton County – $74,792
  • Carroll County – $8,234
  • Washington County – $63,674

Phase CARES Funding:

  • Benton County – $106,632
  • Carroll County – $11,739
  • Washington County – $90,781


Local agencies receiving funding must be able to adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
  2. Not be barred or suspended from receiving Federal funding 
  3. Have a checking account (cash payments are not allowed)
  4. Have an accounting system or fiscal agent approved by local board 
  5. Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  6. Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number 
  7. Conduct and provide a copy of an independent annual audit if receiving $50,000 or more in EFSP funds or conduct an accountant’s review if receiving $25,000 to $49,999 in EFSP funds
  8. Be providing services and using its other resources in the area in which they are seeking funds
  9. Practice non-discrimination
  10. Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit 
  11. To the extent practicable, involve homeless individuals and families
  12. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs 
  13. Have ability to fulfill all reporting requirements as requested 


Organizations may apply for both phases. Separate applications for each phase must be submitted if organizations plan on applying for both Phase 37 and Phase CARES. To apply, please click here and complete the following application: EFSP Application. 

Applications can be submitted via email to Ana Phakhin at OR mail to:

United Way of Northwest Arkansas


100 Parkwood Street

Lowell, AR 72745

Applications must be received by Friday, May 22, 2020 at 12 noon. For questions, please contact Ana Phakhin at (479) 303-4422 or 

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