Sacramento Regional Emergency Food & Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established in 1983 by Congress with the intent of supplementing local efforts to provide emergency food and shelter to people in need during economic emergencies. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $2 billion to communities across the country. In funding Phase 33 (July 2015 - December 2016) the Sacramento Regional Emergency Food and Shelter Board allocated approximately $1 million to 40 non-profit social service agencies in Alpine, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties with grant sizes ranging from $2,000 to $168,000.

The EFSP National Board governs the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The Sacramento Regional Emergency Food and Shelter Board, a program of The Regional Center for Volunteerism Disaster & Emergency Services, is the Designated Local Board comprised of member agencies, as well as a range of service providers, coalitions, advocacy groups, technical assistance providers, planning and community development agencies, and minority and grassroots providers.

Phase 34 Funding
January 1 - December 31, 2017

The Request for Proposals for Phase 34 will be released on Monday, February 20, 2017 and the RFP is due by 5:00 pm on March 20, 2017.

Phase 34 Bidders Conference:  Attendance at the Bidders Conference is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.  Applicants unable to attend the Bidders Conference are encouraged to communicate with other potential applicants from their county to discuss needs, priorities, and funding levels needed in each category to best meet community demand. The Bidders Conference is scheduled for:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10:00 am to Noon
Goodwill/Community Link Office
8001 Folsom Blvd.; Sacramento, CA 95826
Conference call-in line: (916) 779-3337 x270

EFSP Phase 34 Request for Proposal

Bidders Conference Presentation

If you would like a copy of the Phase 34 RFP in Word format, please contact Valeri Mihanovich at 


Q. Does the Emergency Food & Shelter Program set a minimum bed limit for a mass shelter facility? 

    A. Yes. It is five beds.

Q. When will the applicant be notified of funding decisions.
    A. By the second week of April each applicant will be notified if they have been approved for Phase 34 funding. Both Sacramento and Yolo County applicants will also be notified of the level for which they will be funded. The funding levels for Alpine, El Dorado and Placer counties will be disclosed at a later date as the total funding for each of these counties will be determined by the State Set-Aside (SSA) fund Committee in California.  

Q. What kind of documentation is required for the Utilities funding catergory?

    A. At the end of the grant period you must provide copies of the following as supporting documentation to your final report: client name & address, utility vendor name and utility bill, copies of the check/check clear date to pay the vendor and cleared check.

Q. Do you have to provide served meals at a shelter site? 

    A. No. It can be at any "mass feeding" facility.

For a listing of agencies funded in Phase 31-33, click here.