NOTICE: Phase 40 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Funding – DEADLINE Monday, March 27, 2023, 5 p.m. Central Time.

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The Austin/Travis & Williamson Counties Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Board will receive federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Specifically, $225,933 was received for Williamson County for Phase 40. Austin/Travis County has not yet been awarded funds. The Local Board is submitting a special request for funding for Travis County, but funding is not guaranteed. The funds will be granted to private nonprofits or units of government who are eligible to receive federal funds and have the capacity to manage federal grants and deliver eligible services.

Funds must be used to supplement and extend food and shelter to serve permanent residents of and transients within Travis and Williamson Counties, Texas. Note that these funds can only be used to supplement existing programs and not to start new programs. The Local EFSP Board will determine how the funds are to be awarded.

See the Request for Proposals for more details. Application documents can viewed/downloaded with the following links:

Phase 40 Application Cover Form

Phase 40 Application

All completed applications should be submitted online. Click here to access the online application form.

For questions or more information, contact Andrea Torres at or call 512-925-7120.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 27, 2023 at 5 p.m. CT.

FY 2023 Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance is now available!

Note: Please find the most updated FY2023 Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance via the National EFSP Board Website at this link.

Information on the FY2023 Humanitarian Relief Funding is now available! Full guidance can be found HERE. A useful webinar on Humanitarian Relief Funding can be found HERE by scrolling down to Recorded Presentations

To allow more opportunities for agencies to submit applications for funding, there will be multiple open application periods:

QuarterApplication AvailableEligible Reimbursement PeriodLRO App Submission Deadline To LBLB App Submission Deadline To NB
101/02/2023 – 02/17/202310/01/2022 – 12/31/202202/17/202302/24/2023
204/03/2023 – 05/15/202301/01/2023 – 03/31/202305/15/202305/22/2023
307/01/2023 – 08/11/202304/01/2023 – 06/30/202308/11/202308/18/2023
410/01/2023 – 11/10/202307/01/2023 – 09/30/202311/10/202311/17/2023

Applications will be completed online by visiting and clicking on the Humanitarian Funding Info tab. They will be sent to the Local Board to review before they submit the applications to the National Board for review and award determination. Complete applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on the submission deadline date. You may view the application and required supplemental information starting on page 27 of the FY 2023 Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance document.

Funding is available to agencies who provide eligible services to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Humanitarian Relief Application consists of five categories of service. All expenditures made by agencies must fall within one of the categories.

  • Primary – includes only food and shelter
  • Secondary – includes, but is not limited to, health/medical services
  • Administrative – includes, but is not limited to, permanent and temporary staff overtime, and postage
  • Equipment and Assets – includes purchases and leases, and necessary renovations to make facilities safe, sanitary, and compliant with local codes and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Transportation – includes local and long-distance travel (e.g. taxi, bus, air, train) for families and individuals encountered by DHS and for agency staff that may be required to assist them while traveling.

To read more about these categories and the documentation required for this funding opportunity, please read the FY 2023 Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance which can also be found on our Resources & Documents page. For more information about EFSP funds in general, please visit our FAQ page for more information