Funding Opportunities

Joint Funding

    Prior to 2016, each Lancaster County service provider submitted multiple applications to each funding source to receive funds for homelessness services. The local funders began to collaborate and developed one application for funding homelessness services. Upon inception of this Joint Funder’s application, this new process now brings together funders in a collaborative effort to provide a systematic approach to service provision and act as best stewards of available funding for Lancaster County residents experiencing homelessness.

    The application period for Joint Funding fiscal year 2024-2025 is now closed.

      Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

      The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental. Grant funds are used to supplement meals, shelters, rent/mortgage, and utility assistance for existing food and shelter services. This allocation is made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

      For a comprehensive overview of the program, including eligibility criteria and essential documentation details, kindly visit the following link: UW LC EFSP. Agency’s participating in this program significantly strengthens our community's ability to deliver essential food and shelter services to those facing hardships.