The EFSP National Board allocates funds to local boards in qualifying jurisdictions using the most recent national population, unemployment, and poverty data. The Berks County Local Board advertises the availability of grant funding in the Reading Eagle and on the United Way of Berks County website and Facebook page. The most recent phase is now closed and not accepting new applications. The Local Board then reviews applications submitted via e-CImpact and awards grants to organizations that provide services to those in need. Services can include:
- Food, in the form of served meals or groceries.
- Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel.
- Rental or mortgage assistance to prevent evictions.
- Utility payment to prevent service cut-offs.
- Transportation costs associated with the provision of food or shelter.
- Supplies and equipment necessary to feed or shelter people.
Any nonprofit, faith-based organization or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds in the current phase(s). Previous EFSP participation is not a requirement. Interested agencies must apply to the Local Board in the jurisdiction/county where they are providing services. For more information, please contact Amanda Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-685-4582.
Information for current phases and open applications can be found here. Additional informational documents include: EFSP Eligible Costs Table, EFSP Eligible Program Costs, EFSP Program Changes, and EFSP Manual.
EFSP Funding does not come from United Way of Berks County. United Way of Berks County helps facilitate the management of allocations from this federal funded program.