Funding Available for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

Winnebago County has been awarded $181,114 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Winnebago County.   

The grant is allocated through the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) for non-profit and government agencies to supplement programs that assist our hungry and homeless people.  The program’s local agent, United Way of Rock River Valley, administers funding and reports on the EFSP grant.  A local board, whose membership composition is mandated through federal guidelines, will make recommendations for distributing the grant monies to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas in our county.  

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) have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Number; 7) have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN); and 8) 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 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may access an application from the United Way of Rock River Valley website at

Please email completed applications to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2024, or mail via USPS (late applications will not be accepted):

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