Apply for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds

Sangamon County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Sangamon County has been chosen to receive $$77,279 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county under Phase 37 and $110,177 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Phase CARES).

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.

The Local 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 county. 

The local board determines how funds awarded to Sangamon County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these phases of the program through an application process.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. 

As decided by the local board, funding will be provided to organizations that provide served meals, food, mass shelter, rent/mortgage assistance, and/or utility assistance.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the local board administrator, Katrina Hays, at or by calling (217) 726-7000.

The deadline for completed applications to be received is May 15, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. (noon).