Federal and County Phase 39 and American Rescue Plan Act-R

At United Way of Central Oregon, our primary role and responsibility is to ensure community members are cared for. We are here to help right now – directing our efforts and resources to where they will have the greatest impact for our community’s most vulnerable.

We are now accepting applications from local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Deschutes County wishing to receive funding for these services. SCROLL DOWN TO APPLY FOR FUNDING. 

Our partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Deschutes County enables us to be responsive to our community’s immediate needs. This year we are creating a plan for distribution of federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to nonprofits in Deschutes County.

Deschutes County has made available $78,400 under County Phase 39 and has been awarded $81,742 under Federal Phase 39 and an additional $252,644 under ARPA-R in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The Local Board is accepting applications from local governmental or private voluntary organizations in Deschutes County wishing to receive funding for these services

All organizations providing essential services regionally to individuals in Deschutes County are eligible to apply for a grant from United Way of Central Oregon.

The application window is now open and will close on Friday, March 11, 2022.


Any applicant funded by this program must certify that it:

    • Is currently providing emergency food and/or shelter services within Deschutes County;
    • has the staff and capacity to take on the added responsibility of this program;
    • proposes to use funds to supplement or expand existing programs and services;
    • is a nonprofit (governed by a voluntary board) or an agency of government with a FEIN
    • has an agency checking account, an accounting system, a DUNS number, and a valid email address
    • understands that cash payments (including petty cash) are NOT ELIGIBLE under EFSP;
    • practices nondiscrimination
    • does not charge any client a fee for services funded by EFSP
    • will provide and retain required reports and documentation, as requested, to the Local Board;
    • will provide and retain reports that document client(s) has been asked if they have been impacted by COVID 19.
    • will expend monies only on eligible costs and keep complete documentation for at least 3 years;
    • will spend all funds and close out the program by the spending deadline;
    • has no known Emergency Food and Shelter compliance exceptions;
    • will not use federal EFSP funds as a cost-match for other federal funds or programs.
    • Is not debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funds
    • Has not received an adverse or no opinion audit
    • Will not use EFSP funding for any lobbying activities

For more information or questions about the applications, contact: Kati Hannigan, Community Impact Associate at kati@unitedwaycentraloregon.org.