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Phase 37 EFSP - Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Counties
for Emergency Assistance Programs Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and United Way of Greater Atlanta

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05/15/20 5:00 PM Noon


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations and agencies in eligible counties for emergency assistance. Funding is intended to benefit residents impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is specifically intended to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance only. Funding should assist residents in DeKalb and Fulton Counties.

EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Each jurisdiction must maintain a Local Board charged with determining the highest needs and best use of funds for that jurisdiction.


  1. Mass Shelter, Rent/Mortgage Assistance, Other Food
  2. Utilities Assistance
  3. Temporary Shelter
  4. Served Meals

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GrantWatch ID#: 162988

Estimated Size of Grant:

There will be no caps on requests for CARES Act funding. Funding caps for agencies and programs are still in effect for Phase 37 funds.

- The maximum request per program is $30,000. While the maximum award per agency is $45,000, agencies may request more than $45,000 across all programs.
- The minimum request per category is $5,000 except for Other Food. The minimum request for Other Food is $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both governmental and non-profit.

Eligible applicants:
- Any 501(c)3 agency that has been in existence for three or more years (as of the application due date) and is already providing: Mass shelter (for example: night shelter, transitional housing), Served Meals (for example: soup kitchens, home delivered meals), Other Food (for example: food pantries, grocery vouchers), Temporary Shelter (for example: motel vouchers), Rent, mortgage, or utility assistance
- Agency must be registered with the office of the Georgia Secretary of State
- All awardees are expected to adhere to deadlines of both the Local and National EFSP Boards

It is a violation of government policy to require participation in religious services as a condition for receiving EFSP monies. Examples of this violation include:
- Mandatory prayer before meals
- Bible study during the distribution of food/meals or in common areas of mass shelter.
- Mandatory pastoral counseling in exchange for shelter, food, or financial assistance.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical assistance sessions are optional, but it is highly recommended that any agency planning to apply for EFSP funding attend. All sessions will take place virtually via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Space in each session is limited:
- Thursday, April 23 10:00am-11:00am
- Monday, April 27 1:00pm-2:00pm
- Friday, May 1 10am-11am

Please RSVP at the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Update: The National Board has now announced both Phase 37 and CARES Act funding. For this reason, the Atlanta/Fulton/DeKalb Local Board has decided to include the CARES Act funding as part of the current process. In order to apply for CARES Act funding, your agency must:
- Apply for Phase 37 funding through the process outlined by May 15 at 5pm.
- Complete the CARES Act funding questionnaire by May 15 at 5pm
- In order to be considered for CARES Act funding, an agency must complete both the Phase 37 application and the questionnaire by the due date.
- Each agency can submit one CARES Act funding request inclusive of all of your program applications.

The application will be due via email by Friday, May 15 at 5pm. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by hard copy or fax.

There will be no match requirement for CARES Act funds. Match requirements are still in effect for Phase 37.

Application Review:
Preliminary screening:
- Applicants whose materials are deemed ineligible will be notified within 30 days after the deadline and may appeal per the written appeals policy.
- Applicants whose materials are deemed complete and eligible will be notified within 30 days after the deadline and may be selected for site visits - Notice of eligibility does not constitute guarantee of an award

The Allocations Committee will convene in May and June.
- Site visits may be held for the following (pending the status of the COVID-19 crisis):
- All applicants not funded in the previous phase
- Returning applicants with noted compliance concerns from a previous phase may be visited

Award letters will be sent in July.

Applicants who are denied have the right to appeal per the written appeals policy.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be emailed to

CARES Act Questionnaire:

Direct questions to:
Charles Sterne

Grant Coverage Areas:

The municipality of College Park is considered part of the Local jurisdiction. However, it is important to note that a portion of that municipality falls in Clayton County. Clayton is not part of the funding jurisdiction. The National EFSP office recognizes that it may be difficult to determine whether a College Park address falls in Fulton or Clayton counties. Therefore, please do your best to be aware of this issue, and make all possible efforts to ensure that clients in this situation reside in Fulton County.

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