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November 16, 2022

United Way Announces $350,000 in Grant Opportunities for Westchester Nonprofits

United Way of Westchester and Putnam announced it would administer about $350,000 in grants to local nonprofits serving Westchester County through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

“The high rate of inflation has caused housing and food insecurity for many residents in Westchester County,” said United Way President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “In response, the United Way is honored to announce the availability of $350,000 in Emergency Food and Shelter funding to help our nonprofit partners address the basic human needs of hundreds of thousands of families in our community.”

These funds are in addition to the $1.5 million allocated in Emergency Food and Shelter grants at the beginning of 2022.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is accepting applications for Phase 40 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Funds available through the Local Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Boards in Westchester County. This program provides federal funding, which helps to extend currently available services for the hungry and homeless.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board, chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced that Westchester is awarded $348,722 for Phase 40. The spending period for the two concurrent phases is November 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023.

Eligible applicants must: 1) be nonprofit; 2) be eligible to receive federal funds; 3) have an accounting system or an approved fiscal agent; 4) conduct an annual audit if awarded $25,000 or more in federal funds; 5) practice non-discrimination; 6) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter services; 7) have a voluntary board; 8) have the capacity to either chargeback or expend Phase 40 funding during the jurisdiction’s selected spending period; 9) must be able to completely and accurately obtain, retain and submit required documentation with reports and use DocuSign and online reporting.

Qualified organizations are encouraged to apply.

The application is available online at Applicants can obtain further information on the program by contacting: Faith Ann Butcher, EFSP Director at United Way of Westchester and Putnam, at (914) 997-6700 ext. 753.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is the administrative agent of the Local EFSP Boards in Westchester County.