Welcome to United Way of the Wine Country

United Way of the Wine Country has been dedicated to improving lives locally for 50 years. Everyone deserves a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. To create lasting change, United Way focuses on solving the underlying causes of common problems related to education, income and health. We are committed to achieving lasting solutions - not just quick fixes - for our entire community.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Emergency Food & Shelter

United Way of the Wine Country is administering the Local Boards for Sonoma County, Lake County, and Mendocino County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Local Boards request proposals from eligible agencies for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter service programs assisting people experiencing economic emergencies.

To supplement emergency food and shelter programs in their counties, the National EFSP Board has chosen Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties to receive a funding amount to be determined at a later time. Funding originates from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Applicants must: 1) be a private nonprofit with a voluntary Board or a local government entity; 2) be eligible to receive federal funds; 3) have an accounting system; 4) practice nondiscrimination, and; 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs in the respective county.

Applications are available below. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

All NEW applicants not previously funded in Phase 35 must be represented at an Applicants Workshop.

The Sonoma County Applicant Workshop is Thursday, May 23 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at 975 Corporate Center Parkway, Suite 160, Santa Rosa CA. 

The Lake and Mendocino counties Applicant Workshop is Friday, May 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 413 N State St., Ukiah, CA. 

The deadline to submit proposals is 4:30 p.m. on June 12, 2019.

Applications & Forms

RFP Phase 36 Request for Proposal

EFSP Phase 36 Application – Lake & Mendocino
EFSP Phase 36 Application – Sonoma

Scoring Criteria Phase 36 - All County Template.xls

Budget Form

EFSP Phase 35 Manual – The EFSP National Manual outlines Local Recipient Organization’s (LRO) responsibilities (p 33) and eligible/ineligible costs (p 58).

Phase 36 Addendum to Program Manual

DUNS – This form provides instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number. This process can take several weeks to complete so please review immediately if you are in need of a DUNS number.

Applicant Workshop Materials

Mass Shelter Quick Reference Guide
Other Shelter Quick Reference Guide
Rent-Mortgage Quick Reference Guide

Served Meals Quick Reference Guide
Other Food Quick Reference Guide

Sample Spreadsheets

More Information on Housing First

For more information, please contact Kelsey Cupples at kelsey.cupples@unitedwaywinecountry.org or 707-528-4485 ext. 122.


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