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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies to Provide Food, Housing, and Utility Assistance

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)


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Funding Source
United Way of Greater New Haven
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: New Haven County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/14/24 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide food, housing, and utility assistance in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support organizations that provide community services related to rental and utility assistance, food, and shelter. Organizations with the greatest ability to maximize funding against program impact are preferred.

Eligible Program Activities/Costs:

  • Food: Eligible costs include food and served meals; this funding is intended to provide basic, nutritional meals on an ongoing basis not for non-nutritive items. The funding is not intended to be used for a singular event, special celebratory events, holiday baskets, etc. Also, dessert items (i.e., cookies, snack food, candy, etc.) used as part of a daily meal plan may be purchased in limited amounts.
    • Served Meals—a pre-set amount of $3.00 per meal per person.  Limited amount of funding for food-related supplies and transportation. 
    • Other Food—The Other Food category is intended to allow agencies such as food pantries and food banks to pay for the purchase of food items, food vouchers and food gift cards/certificates to assist in the feeding of eligible clients.
  • Shelter/Utilities:
    • Per Diems, Mass Shelter – pre-set amounts of $12.50 a night per person with case management.
    • Hotel/Motel Vouchers – Up to 90-days assistance per individual per program period. 
    • Rent/Mortgage Assistance – Up to 90 days of assistance per household; individual payments must guarantee an additional 30 days of housing; no late fees, legal fees, deposits or condo fees are allowed. 
    • Utility Assistance – Up to 90-days assistance per household; individual payments must guarantee an additional 30 days of service. Utilities include water, gas and electricity.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applying organizations must meet the following criteria:
- 501(c), non-profit agencies, or public agencies, providing food and/or shelter to homeless and low-income people.
- Agencies must not charge fees to clients for EFSP-provided services, nor may a donation be suggested.
- Service providers must be supplementing existing food and shelter programs. Funding will not be given to start new programs or to stop a program from closing.  If the program were to close if EFSP funds were to be removed, then EFSP funds are not being used properly.
- Agencies must practice non-discrimination and not require religious participation.  (Note: “Non-discrimination” is not interpreted to apply to Native American organizations if they serve only members or descendants of members of federally recognized Indian tribes.)
- Agencies must be governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (except for government units).
- Agencies must conduct an audit if requesting or receiving over $50,000 in EFSP funds and must comply with OMB single audit requirements. NOTE: It is at the Local Board’s discretion to request an audit from any agency, regardless of the amount allocated.
- Agencies receiving over $750,000 in federal funds must comply with OMB single audit requirements.
- Agencies must have EFSP programs listed on 2-1-1 database.
- Agencies should be able to capture client counts and provide that information in reports as required.
- EFSP participating agencies cannot operate as vendors for themselves or other EFSP-funded agencies.

Organizations with known EFSP compliance issues from any previous Phase may not apply for new funding until all compliance issues are resolved.

Interested agencies must be current providers of emergency food and shelter services; participation is not available for a start-up program.

EFSP Funds are supplemental and not intended to substitute for other program funds, start new programs or be held or reserved for future use.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due electronically no later than 4:00 PM EST on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Exceptions will not be made.

Agencies must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). This replaces the DUNS number from previous phases. For more information please go to

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
The spending period for Phase 41 begins October 1, 2022 and goes through December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Questions regarding the application process should be forwarded to Mike Degen, United Way of Greater New Haven at

United Way of Greater New Haven
370 James Street, Suite 403
New Haven, CT 06513

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