United Way to Distribute Federal Emergency Funds for Wood County

Wood County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.


Wood County has been chosen to receive $14,160 (Phase 41) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.  Nonprofit, faith-based organizations and local government agencies providing food, shelter and supportive services in Wood County are eligible to apply for funding. 


Applications are available by contacting Stefanie Drexler at stefanie@uwswac.org or 715-421-0390.  The application deadline is 4:00pm on Friday, May 10, 2024. 


To qualify, the organization must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits, faith-based organizations or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds (have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)), 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.


A local board comprised of representatives from county government and local human services agencies will review the applications and distribute funds awarded to Wood County.  The local board has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to FOCUS, Personal Development Center, Soup or Socks, and The Wisconsin Rapids Family Center.  Past EFSP participation is not a requirement. 


Important: Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Requirement

All agencies participating in the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) must provide their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).  Agencies applying for these federal funds must have a UEI.  The National Board used the DUNS previously, but the DUNS is now obsolete and is not acceptable for entities receiving federal funding.  The federal government stopped using the DUNS Number to uniquely identify entities.  Now, entities doing business with the federal government or receiving federal funds must use the UEI created in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).


If your entity is registered in SAM.gov, you already have your UEI, and it is viewable in SAM.gov.  Remember, you must be signed in to your SAM.gov account to view entity records.  All SAM.gov registrants have been assigned their UEIs and can view them in SAM.gov. 


About United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties


United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties is focused on changing and strengthening lives in our community.  We mobilize our community in the areas of: Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety Net Services supporting partner programs, community coalitions, and initiatives; providing 2-1-1 and Volunteer Center programs; and creating collaborative partnerships within our community.


You can help by engaging with us, uniting to create a thriving community.  To learn more please visit www.uwswac.org