January 17, 2012

Berkshire United Way Seeks Applications for EFSP Funding

In anticipation of funding notification from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board, Berkshire United Way, local administrator of the program, is urging qualifying organizations located throughout Berkshire County to submit an application for supplemental emergency food and shelter funding for calendar year 2012 at

Local organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with a voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.  Applications must be submitted on line and are due Monday, February 13, 2012, by 4:00 pm.

To complete the application go to and click on log in at the bottom of any site page;  then click on I am an EFSP applicant - efspqualify is the user name and efspqualify is the password for all prospective applicants.

The funding award is made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way Worldwide.  Funds pass directly from FEMA's EFSP program to the local agencies that are awarded funding, and a sub-committee of the local board made up of representatives of organizations that are not requesting or receiving funds determines the actual organizations that receive funding.

For the 2011 calendar year, FEMA awarded $57,617, which local representatives distributed to nine Berkshire County organizations including Berkshire Community Action Council, the Salvation Army, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Berkshire Food Project, Construct, Inc., Healthy Families/Child Care of the Berkshires and the Christian Center.