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 County to receive $73,652, Lake County to receive $37,734, and Mendocino County to receive $40,001. 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 applicants must be represented at an Applicants Workshop.

The Sonoma County Applicant Workshop is August 23rd from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at 1440 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa, CA

The Lake and Mendocino counties Applicant Workshop is August 24th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at 413 N State St., Ukiah, CA or available via webinar. More details to come on registering for the webinar.

The deadline to submit proposals is 4:30 pm on September 8th, 2017.

Applications & Forms

EFSP Phase 34 Request for Proposal – Lake
EFSP Phase 34 Request for Proposal – Mendocino
EFSP Phase 34 Request for Proposal – Sonoma

EFSP Phase 34 Application – Lake
EFSP Phase 34 Application – Mendocino
EFSP Phase 34 Application – Sonoma

EFSP Phase 34 Scoring Criteria – Lake & Mendocino
EFSP Phase 34 Scoring Criteria – Sonoma

EFSP Phase 34 Appeals Process – Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino

Budget Form

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

Phase 34 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.

LRO Certification Form

Applicant Workshop Materials

EFSP Workshop Presentation

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

For more information, please contact Kelly Musca at


 or 707-528-4485 ext. 115.


Contact United Way of Wine Country's Customer Support at customer.service@unitedwaywinecountry.org