United Way of Central Jersey, which serves as Administrator for the Middlesex County Local FEMA Board, announces the availability of funds for non-profit, faith based and governmental organizations to reimburse for expenses incurred providing services for families and individuals released from Department of Homeland Security custody at the southern border. Only organizations that can document expenditures during January 1 – March 31, 2021 are eligible for funding consideration.

These funds are being made available to Local FEMA Boards by the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Applications from Middlesex County eligible organizations will be reviewed by the Middlesex County Local FEMA Board, which is required to submit its funding recommendations to the National Board on April 30, 2021.

Current or previous receipt of funding through the EFSP program is not a requisite for application submission for these funds. Information about the ARPA may be found by visiting the National Board website at under the Supplemental Funding Information Tab, which includes ARPA Guidance with instructions regarding eligible expenses which include shelter, food, transportation, basic health and first aid, COVID – 19 testing and associated medical care needed during quarantine and isolation and other supportive services. The application may be downloaded and be electronically received by emailing Patricia Desiderio at the United Way office at as well as downloaded here. 

The application submission deadline is 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, which will allow the Middlesex County Local Board adequate time to review applications and submit funding recommendations to the EFSP National Board by its April 30, 2021 deadline.