Emergency Food & Shelter Funds

Updated Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

United Way of the Mohawk Valley administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Oneida and Herkimer counties. Funding through this program becomes available in phased time periods as announced by United Way Worldwide. United Way of the Mohawk Valley will email interested organizations when the next phase of funding is announced.

If you are interested in receiving notifications please contact Elliott Sharrow at ElliottS@unitedwaymv.org.

Funding Available

The next available funding phase is now open. The deadline to apply for Herkimer County applications is Friday, September 9, 2022. The deadline to apply for Oneida County is Monday, September 12, 2022. 

Selection Process

A Local EFS Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The Oneida County Local EFS Board, made up of representatives from Oneida County’s local agencies, determines how the funds awarded to Oneida County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Oneida County EFS Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be a non-profit or governmental agency in Oneida County with FEIN registration
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • Practice nondiscrimination
  • Have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food, and/or shelter program
  • Have a voluntary board, if you’re a private voluntary organization
  • Have or applied for a DUNS number

The Herkimer County Local EFS Board, made up of representatives from Herkimer County’s local agencies, determines how the funds awarded to Herkimer County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Herkimer County EFS Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be a non-profit or governmental agency in Herkimer County with FEIN registration
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • Practice nondiscrimination
  • Have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food, and/or shelter program
  • Have a voluntary board, if you’re a private voluntary organization
  • Have or applied for a DUNS number

Oneida County Application
Herkimer County Application

Questions? Contact Elliott Sharrow, ElliottS@unitedwaymv.org