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The United Way of Whitman County has announced funds are available from two grants totaling over $55,000 to reimburse entities for costs incurred to provide emergency food and shelter in Whitman County. The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grant is funded with federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The American Rescue Plan Act funds are from the US Department of Treasury. 

Funding available for Phase 39: $13,500

Funding Available though

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R): $41,727


Funding cycle for Phase 39 and ARPA-R will be November 21st 2021 to April 23, 2023. Eligible organizations may submit a program application(s) for both Phase 39 and ARPA-R with one or more spending category requests per grant application per program to the Local EFSP Board no later than 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Eligible Applicant Organizations:

  • 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

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

  • Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided

  • Submit required reports

  • Please note that ARPA-R funding requires that the client be impacted by COVID-19.  That is the focus of the ARPA-R funding.  It can be reflected in the intake process or noted on any other documents that you would use to determine eligibility

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.


To learn more about the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program, visit


Apply to EFSP funds using the form below. There is no save feature, so you may want to review the application first and have the documents ready as you fill it out. You may send any questions to or call 509-339-4962.

Application for Emergency Food and Shelter Funds (Phase 39 and ARPA-R)
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Service Narrative: Should be no more than two pages. Please address the following A) Describe the program for which you are requesting funding. Be specific! Include target population and unduplicated recipients you serve. B) Provide a detailed budget narrative to describe how the funds requested will be used. C) Describe the community need for this program and how the service addresses this need to improve the overall well-being of Whitman County. 

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