County Receives Federal Funds Goes to Local Non-Profits’ Emergency Food/Shelter Programs

Published by The Bee News

February 15, 2022

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KINGMAN, AZ (February 15, 2022) — Mohave County Emergency Management will administer two phases of federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The county was granted the following awards to be allocated in its jurisdiction: $87,361 in Phase 39  and  $270,011 in Phase ARPA-R

Allocations to Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) will be determined through an application process for Mohave County nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies, which are providing emergency services. Organizations may apply for funding from both phases, but must complete and submit applications for each phase individually.

 To be eligible for EFSP funding, organizations must provide one or more of the following services (organizations may apply for more than one funding area):

  • Food (served meals, food vouchers, food pantries)
  • Shelter (mass shelter, motel vouchers)
  • Rental Assistance
  • Utility Assistance

EFSP Funds are supplemental and may not exceed 49% of a program budget. Funds are not intended to substitute for other program funds or to start new programs and are not to be held or reserved for future use. The spending period for both Phases 39 and ARPA-R begins November 1, 2021.

Prior to submitting an application please review www.efsp.unitedway.org for applicants to get familiar with funding guidelines, requirements, practices and reporting expectations. Organizations with the greatest ability to maximize funding against program impact are preferred. Organizations with known EFSP compliance issues from any previous phase may not apply for new funding until all compliance issues are resolved.

APPLYING ORGANIZATIONS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

  • Be nonprofit or an agency of government;
  • Not be debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funding;
  • Have a checking account and sign up for EFT (cash payments are not allowed);
  • Have an accounting system or fiscal agent approved by the Local Board;
  • Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN);
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and provide along with other required associated information;
  • Have a valid email address for program communication and electronic signature processes;
  • Conduct an independent annual audit if receiving $100,000 or more in EFSP funds; conduct an annual accountant’s review if receiving $50,000 to $99,999 in EFSP funds. See Annex 12, page 103 of the EFSP manual;
  • Conduct annual audit, if expending $750,000 or more in Federal funds, in compliance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR 200 of the Office of Management and Budget (Uniform Guidance);
  • Be providing services and using its other resources in the area in which they are seeking funding;
  • Practice nondiscrimination (those agencies with a religious affiliation wishing to participate in the program must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance, nor will such groups engage in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds);
  • Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit; and,
  • To the extent practicable, involve homeless individuals and families, through employment, volunteer programs, etc., in providing emergency food and shelter services.

Due to this year’s timeline, Mohave County Emergency Management staff and reviewers will be unable to provide additional time after application submission for applicants to clarify, complete or revise submissions. Submitted applications must meet the identified criteria and include the required attachments by the application deadline February 28, 2022, at 4:00pm EST, to be considered for funding.

Applications are due electronically to (tarkoj@mohave.gov) no later than 4:00pm EST on February 28, 2022. Exceptions will not be made.

EFSP funds are made available by FEMA and are contingent upon the federal government’s ability to pay.

The Local Board will hold a meeting open to the public to allocate EFSP funds at 11:00am on March 3, 2022. The meeting will be hosted by Mohave County Department of
Risk and Emergency Management. Please see the contact information below to obtain the meeting information.

Questions regarding the application process or meeting information should be forwarded to Jazmyne Tarkowski, Mohave County Emergency Management at tarkoj@mohave.gov. If you have not previously applied for EFSP Funding, please contact Jazmyne for additional reference materials and to be set up in the system prior to submitting your application.

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