The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program is seeking local  funding proposals. Here’s how you can help.

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United Way Meals on Wheels volunteers. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

Do you know a local nonprofit agency or community government program that supports our neediest neighbors who need funding? 

The Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program is now accepting Phase 39 and Phase ARPA-R funding proposals from local agencies providing emergency food and shelter programs in Jefferson, Shelby Blount, and Walker Counties.

Expanding Capacity of Food and Shelter Programs

The Local Board is charged with awarding these funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas.  It will review applications requesting funds in the following priority areas:  

  • Rent/mortgage assistance
  • Utility assistance
  • Mass shelter costs
  • Other shelter
  • Mass feeding (served meals or food pantry).

Agencies with an interest in applying must be:

  • Private voluntary nonprofits or units of government
  • Eligible to receive Federal funds 
  • Have an accounting system 
  • Practice nondiscrimination 
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/shelter programs 
  • If they are a private voluntary organization they have a volunteer board.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via United Way of Central Alabama’s online application system. Visit to access the application.  


Application will be accepted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 18, 2022

 Questions regarding the grant awards should be directed to  Shakeitha Tatum, with the United Way at

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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