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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

About Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Winnebago County has been chosen to receive $162,185 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs (EFSP) in the county and an additional $231,229 of supplemental funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. EFSP funds are made available by the Department of Homeland Security. Phase 37 funds reflects approximately a 6.3% decrease ($10,987) from Phase 36 which awarded $173,172.

A Local Board, consisting of representatives from local nonprofit human service agencies, governmental entities, and the community at large will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in Winnebago County. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  1. be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
  2. be eligible to receive Federal funds
  3. have an accounting system
  4. practice nondiscrimination
  5. have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  6. if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board

Qualifying service providers in Winnebago County are urged to apply.

Public or private agencies interested in applying for funds

Click below to access the two application forms.

Completed applications must be received no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020 to:

United Way of Rock River Valley
Attn: EFSP
612 N. Main Street, Suite 300
Rockford, IL 61103
Or email applications to

If submitting an application via USPS mail, please allow enough time for it to be received in our offices by May 15.

More information

For more on eligible services and expenditures, as well as eligible applicant organizations, click here.

For more general information on EFSP, click here.

Please note: To increase the likelihood of a successful application, agencies are encouraged to apply to both Phase 37 and Phase CARES. These can be duplicate applications, or the Phase 37 application can be the primary application with the Phase CARES application providing additional needed dollars. If the applications are duplicates of each other, you must mark the duplicate check box on each application. National EFSP requires that a separate application be submitted for each Phase.

Please note: Phase CARES funds were awarded as a response to the COVID-19 impact on our community, however use of funds does not have to be tied directly to a COVID-19-related economic hardship. Funds may be requested to assist with food programs, mass shelter programs, one-month rent/mortgage assistance programs, and utility programs.