Grants - FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program


Grants Awarded


The following organizations were awarded grant funds from FEMA’s Emergency Food & Shelter Program. Each organization operates programs serving one or more of the following counties: Autauga, Elmore, Macon and Montgomery. 

Catholic Social Services 
Family Sunshine Center
Helping Hand Food Ministry
Macon County Food Pantry
Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA)
Montgomery Area Food Bank
Montgomery Department of Human Resources
St. Margaret's Services 
Strong Tower at Washington Park 
The Friendship Mission 
United Methodist Children's Home 

Phase 38 Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant Award Announcement


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Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga and Macon counties have been chosen by the Emergency Food and Shelter National program (EFSP) to receive funds in the amounts listed above to assist organizations dedicated to providing food, shelter and supportive services to people with economic emergencies, including our nation's hungry and homeless populations.

The selection for these Federal funds was made by a National Board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), consisting of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America, which serves as Secretary and Fiscal Agent. The Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board made up of representatives from local government, as well as River Region United Way, Salvation Army and others will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.


Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be a nonprofit (if new applicant, must attach a copy of IRS designation letter); 2) have an accounting system; 3) practice non-discrimination; 4) must be currently administering/delivering emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 5) if the applicant is a private voluntary organization, it must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

If applying, please submit the total budget for the program for which you are requesting funds. Budget must include how that total program will be funded. Note:  the requested amount must be less than 50% of the funded program of the requesting agency. These funds are awarded to agencies to supplement current programs. Applicants must be currently providing services and using other agency resources in the area in which they are applying for these funds.

Click here to download application for Montgomery County

Click here to download application for Elmore County

Click here to download application for Autauga County

Click here to download application for Macon County

Cover letters on agency letterhead and completed applications should be mailed or delivered to:


River Region United Way
Attn: WiL Fields
P.O. Box 868
Montgomery, AL 36101


River Region United Way
Attn: WiL Fields
3121 Zelda Court
Montgomery, AL 36106

Note: If delivering, please make sure to get a delivery receipt before leaving.


Completed applications must be received by 4:00pm on Thursday, June 10, 2021. No late applications will be considered.


Further information on the program may be obtained by visiting

You may also contact WiL Fields, Director - Community Impact, River Region United Way and Chair of the Local Board, at (334)323-2504.


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