Emergency Food and Shelter Program: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Humanitarian Relief Funding for City of High Point/Davidson, Guilford Counties

Funding Source: The National Board for the Emergency Food & Shelter Program will open an application period in mid-April 2021 for funds made available under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA), for the purposes of providing humanitarian relief to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the funds to the National Board on March 18, 2021. The total available funding is $110 million. Eligible organizations that provide shelter, food, transportation, basic health and first aid, COVID-19 testing and associated medical care needed during the quarantine and isolation, and other supportive services may apply. Most of the funding is anticipated to be awarded to services organizations from the southern border states where the greatest needs are expected to be met, but organizations in all states nationwide may apply if they are serving this population of vulnerable people. Current EFSP participation is not a requisite for application submission.

Applicant agencies must be nonprofit, faith-based, or governmental and provide eligible services to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). All agencies must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number to apply for funding.

The ARPA Humanitarian Relief Application consists of five categories of service. All expenditures made by agencies must fall within one of the categories.

Primary- incudes food and shelter

Secondary- includes, but not limited to, health/medical services

Administrative- includes, but not limited to temporary staff, permanent and voluntary staff overtime, and postage

Equipment & Assets- includes purchases and leases, and necessary renovations to make facilities safe, sanitary, and compliant with local codes (e.g., showers)

Transportation-includes local and long-distance travel (e.g., taxi, bus, air, train) for families and individuals encountered by DHS and for agency staff that may be required to assist them. Proof of payment or receipts must be submitted to substantiate services provided.

Eligible Applicants

Service agencies that wish to be considered for an award must:

  • Be a nonprofit, faith-based or governmental entity that provided humanitarian relief to families and individuals encountered by DHS.
  • Submit completed application with required documentation.
  • Provide the agency’s Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number –
  • Provide the agency’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)- All agencies applying for this funding opportunity must have a FEIN number. FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Link for FEIN
  • Apply on or before the deadline for each quarter. The deadline will also appear on the application. The application will be available via the EFSP website, under the Supplemental Funding Information tab .


  1. Any agency that participated in the EFSP in the past and has outstanding compliance exceptions must resolve them prior to the release of funds.
  2. Current EFSP participation is not a requisite for application submission.

ARPA Humanitarian Relief Application Schedule:

Quarter Application Available Eligible Reimbursement Period  Application Submission Deadline
1 4/19/2021-4/30/2021 1/1/2021 – 3/31/2021 EXPIRED
2 7/15/2021 – 7/31/2021 1/1/2021 – 6/30/2021 7/31/2021
3 10/15/2021 – 10/31/2021 1/1/2021 – 9/30/2021 10/31/2021
4 01/15/2022-1/31/2022 1/1/201 – 12/31/2021 1/31/2022

Qualified agencies are urged to apply. The application will be available via the EFSP website,  under the Supplemental Funding Information tab.

Questions:   Contact Traci McLemore, United Way of Greater Greensboro, 336-378-6616.

Strategic Partner Grants

In Greensboro, 57,000 people and 25% of children are living in poverty.  United Way finds this unacceptable which is why we’ve created a community-wide network of Strategic Partners that work together to end poverty.

United Way accepts grant applications from human service organizations through an open and competitive process.  Volunteer-led committees called Impact Councils select programs based on their abilities to produce outcomes that reduce the number of children, families and adults living in poverty. This “open funding” model allows United Way to invest donor gifts into local programs with proven solutions that are decreasing poverty.

Future grant opportunities will be listed here. Please contact Carie Jones-Barrow, Community Impact Manager, at


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