Emergency Food and Shelter Program


Before proceeding to the application link, review the program description, guidelines, and eligibility expenses for each available category below.


Click Here for the EFSP Phase 41 Application 

  • Applications are due March 28, 2024 by 5 p.m
  • Only 1 application per agency will be eligible. Please only submit one application for one category.



The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (non-disaster-related). EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping those who are experiencing hunger or homelessness in New London County. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering, rent/mortgage or utility assistance efforts for programs already in existence. These funds cannot be used to substitute for other program funds or to start new programs.

EFSP funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation, such as fires of any kind, floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes. However, EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence.

Funds can be used to serve permanent residents of and transients within New London County, CT. Please see the eligible expenditures list for a comprehensive list of categories that an organization can submit an application for. Each year needs are assessed locally in an effort to respond to changes in the community. Funding is made available by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is a competitive grant process, and no organization is guaranteed funding or to receive the entire amount requested.

A Local Board is charged with distributing EFSP funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas within the county. The Local Board reviews applications requesting funds in the following priority areas: rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter costs, other shelter, and mass feeding (served meals or food pantry). United Way does not make funding decisions for EFSP.

Please note: Actual receipt of funds after award announcement will be dependent on the National EFSP office timeline.


  • Request for Proposals
  • EFSP Category Guidelines: Click Here for Quick reference Guides
  • Appeals Process 


Click the images below for full RFP & Appeals Process

EFSP Phase 41 RFPEFSP Appeals Process
















Contact EFSP Program Administrator

Click here to email Carli Herz, Community Impact Director