Berkshire United Way administers the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Berkshire County, which was created to help people with economic emergencies. The funding is made by a national board that is chaired by FEMA with local representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, The Jewish Federations of North America, Catholic Charities USA, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way of America.
The board solicits proposals from qualifying organizations and then determines how funds designated by FEMA are to be distributed. Funds pass directly from FEMA's EFSP program to the local agencies that are awarded funding.
Local organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
The EFSP RFP process is currently closed.