Emergency Food & Shelter Program


The Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) helps connect Long Islanders with food, rental, and mortgage assistance.

For a referral, please call: 516 559 4450 or email efsp@hwcli.com


The EFSP National Office has announced that Phase 38 is forthcoming and will run concurrently with Phases 37 and CARES. All applications are due on December 16, 2020 at 6:00pm. 

Click here to submit an application as a new grantee.

Click here to submit an application as a returning grantee.

Please note that the online applications do not have an option to save and return later.

To view a sample application from previous phases to help you prepare: click here for the SAMPLE new grantee application or click here for the SAMPLE returning grantee application.


Thank you for your interest in the HWCLI Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant. This application process has two components:

  1. Complete the online application, and
  2. Email the following supplemental documents to efsp@hwcli.com with the subject line “EFSP APP – [your agency name]”
    • A brief history of your organization.
    • A brief statement of the emergency needs in your community and a description of the program your agency currently operates to meet these needs.
    • Describe agency’s internal accounting system that will monitor spending in the program.
    • Agency’s ability to serve entire jurisdiction (entire county) if providing rent/mortgage/utility payments, food vouchers, food baskets or food pantry on premises.
    • How money spent will be accounted for, in specific terms.
    • Copy of agency’s 501(C)(3) Internal Revenue Service charitable determination.
    • A list of the volunteer Board of Directors, indicating addresses and officers.
    • Operating budget for current and prior year – Breakdown of Revenues and Expenses.
    • Audited Financial Statements – most recent.
    • Form 990 – most recent.


Below are additional criteria and key information pertaining to the EFSP Grant Applications:

  • EFSP funds must supplement CURRENT EMERGENCY feeding, sheltering and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only (startup funding for a new service is prohibited).
  • Eligible programs must serve the entire county jurisdiction.
  • The information included on the application is required by the EFSP National Board and must be provided to be considered for participation in the program by the Local EFSP Board.
  • All complete applications will be considered at the next meeting of the Oversight Committee and the Local Board.
  • A notice will be sent to inform agencies of the Local Board’s decision.
  • Criteria for selection are in accordance with the National Board’s guidelines and availability of funds.

Thank you for carefully reading the enclosed material. Click here to contact the EFSP team with any questions or concerns. 


Please complete this online application.

Click here to contact the EFSP team with any questions or concerns. 

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