Emergency Food and Shelter Program (E.F.S.P.)

E.F.S.P. meets the needs of Lake County's hungry and homeless, and those in danger of becoming homeless, by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter to those people in economic crisis.

What can E.F.S.P. funds be used for?

This funding is made available to supplement and/or expand current available resources to help people with economic emergencies and not to substitute or reimburse programs for ongoing services. Services are for the homeless or to prevent someone from becoming homeless. Applicants are able to apply for costs associated with food programs (served meals programs, bagged grocery programs, and/or food voucher programs), shelter, motel voucher programs and rental assistance programs. Click the below links for quick reference to each category:

E.F.S.P. funds cannot be used:

  • In anticipation of a needed service (fire victims, floods, tornados, etc.)
  • For a singular or special celebratory/holiday events.
  • To make up for agency budget shortfalls or due to reductions in other funding sources.
  • In substitution for other programs funds.
  • To start new programs.
  • To create a reserve for future use.
  • For lobbying.

Please review the current Phase #35 Manual and the Phase #35 Key Changes and Clarifications for complete information regarding eligible and non-eligible costs and documentation.

E.F.S.P. Phase #35 Funding


Lake County, IL has been chosen to receive $344,245 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county between the anticipated dates of February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

Eligible Organizations

The E.F.S.P. funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people that meet the E.F.S.P. National Requirements and the requirements of the Lake County Local E.F.S.P. Board. Please see the full list of requirements in the Important Documents section below.

Applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (E.F.S.P.) Funding

Organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should:

  1. Review the Phase #35 Manual from the Important Documents list below.
  2. Review the Phase #35 Key Changes and Clarification from the Important Documents list below.
  3. Complete the Phase #35 Application for funding and submit all required supplemental documents to be eligible for funding. These documents can be found below. The minimum grant per Local Recipient Organization (LRO) is $500, unless only receiving administrative funding. Only whole dollar amounts may be requested and allocated.

Submission of application does not guarantee Phase #35 funding for an organization, nor does prior funding. All organizations applying for funding should thoroughly read the current phase manual before applying to determine if their organization has the capacity to take on the program.

The deadline for applications to be received is Thursday, May 24, 2018 at noon. All application materials must be typed and submitted via email with appropriate attachments and signatures. Application attachments must be saved in separate files. No late and/or incomplete applications will be accepted. Return the completed application form via email to Deanna.Olmem@uwlakeco.org.

Important Documents

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Local Administrator Contact:

Deanna Olmem
Manger, Community Investments and Safe & Stable Families, United Way of Lake County

For more information on E.F.S.P. please visit www.efsp.unitedway.org.

Additional Info

For more information, contact Deanna Olmem at (847) 775-1018 or Deanna.Olmem@uwlakeco.org.

For more information on E.F.S.P., visit www.efsp.unitedway.org.

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