Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grants: APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN. 

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has been awarded $52,807 in Federal funds for the Emergency Food & Shelter Program under the Department of Homeland Security.  The intent of this funding is to address hunger and homeless needs in the community. These funds will be distributed by a Local Board and are used to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the Mat-Su’s hungry, homeless, and people in economic crisis.  The award amount is based on the average number of unemployed individuals in our area, the total number of individuals below the poverty line and our jurisdiction’s total population.


Eligible Applicant Organizations:

  • Nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program
  • Past EFSP participation is not a requirement
  • Must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number-
  • Must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) –
  • Must maintain a checking account in the organization’s name for EFSP deposits
  • Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided
  • Submit required reports
  • Any agency that is awarded funds that participated in the EFSP in the past and has outstanding compliance exceptions must resolve them prior to the release of funds.



EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as congregate meals, home-delivered meals, or groceries;
  • Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days assistance per individual or   household;
  • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;
  • Utility assistance for one month of service for gas, electric and water service;
  • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item;

Questions? Contact Stephanie Allen by email or call 745-5821.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

EFSP Application Phase 38

Community Impact Grant Recipients

Recent recipients are: 

American Red Cross | Disaster Assistance, Training & Response
Boys & Girls Club | Mat-Su Clubs
CCS Early Learning | Early Head Start & Head Start Programs
Kabayan Club of Mat-Su Inc. | Homemade Face Mask Covering Project
Mat-Su Senior Services | Core Programs
Onward & Upward | Health & Wellness Education & SEL Support for Youth Suicide Prevention
Set Free Alaska | Adult & Children’s Program Curriculum & Supplies
Sunshine Community Health Center | Student Counseling Services
Sunshine Transit | Transportation in the Upper Su
The Children’s Place | Medical Exams, Copays & Deductibles
Valley Charities | Lift Gate Replacement
Wasilla Area Seniors | Senior Nutrition Program

Congratulations to these local agencies! They have been selected to receive support through the UWMS Community Impact fund, in recognition of projects contributing to a robust, innovative and inclusive health and social services sector in the Mat-Su.

Community Impact Eligibility

Community Impact Grant funding requests should present innovative approaches to meeting the health and human services needs of our community.

Although we recognize that there are many pressing community needs, in order to maximize our impact, priority will be given to projects and initiatives that are collaborative and/or address issues identified through the Community Plan—Education, Income and Health.

Other factors for funding consideration include measurable outcomes, programs that meet currently unmet needs and the agency’s capacity and ability to sustain the project/program.

All organizations considering applying for Community Impact Grant funds must meet all of the following minimum requirements:

1. Grant Applicants must operate as a:

  • 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, or
  • Organization with a fiscal agent that is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, or
  • Unit of government or unit of tribal government, or Non-501 (c) 3 organization if certain criteria are met, including:

a) The funds are distributed for specific projects that are in furtherance of the funding organization’s charitable purposes;
b) The funding 501(c) (3) organization retains discretion and control as to the use of the funds by the funded organization; and
c) The funding organization maintains records documenting that the funds were used for 501(c) (3) purposes.

2. Operate with a voluntary Board of Directors.

3. Operate under written Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws that define the applicant’s purposes, membership, management, governance and operation.

4. Operate on a non-discriminatory basis in employment, recruitment of volunteers and delivery of services.

4. Demonstrate effective program and operational performance, financial responsibility and accountability.

5. Have a twelve month history of establishment within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and provides service within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

6. Account for its funds in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and was audited/financial review by an independent certified public accountant for the last fiscal year.

7. Provides or will provide regular information to Alaska’s 2-1-1 system.

8. Will comply with United Way of Mat-Su’s contractual obligations, including outcome and client demographic data reporting, submission of financial report and all other requirements.

9. Will certify compliance with Patriot Act requirements.

10. Grants must provide funding for services or activities that align with the United Way of Mat-Su’s Community Investment Initiatives: Education, Financial Stability & Health.