Phase 37 CARES Award - Funding Available

The Middlesex County Local FEMA Board has received notification from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board of Middlesex County’s Phase 37 CARES Award. $390,491 is available for distribution to community organizations providing eligible services. No more than 10 percent of any organization’s CARES Award may be used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and volunteers to conduct and deliver services. PPEs cannot be purchased to general distribution to the public or for use outside of a local recipient organization’s mission area. The EFSP funds are federal funds awarded through the US Department of Homeland Security.

The Phase CARES application may be downloaded here. Please refer to the Phases 37 and CARES Addendum to the Phase 35 Responsibilities and Requirements Manual and the Phase 36 Addendum for detailed information regarding eligibility and reporting requirements. This information is available at (Click on Addendum to Program Manual, then click on Phase and you will see CARES).

Phase CARES Award recommendations are due at the EFSP National Board on Friday, May 29, 2020. The Phases 37 and CARES Addendum information was just released to Local Board. In order to comply with the May 29 deadline for submission of Local Board recommendations to the National Board, we are requiring that Phase CARES applications be submitted to the United Way office no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 26. This will enable the Local Board to convene for application review and submission of the Middlesex County CARES recommendations by the May 29 deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The begin date for Phase CARES is January 27, 2020 with an end date of May 31, 2021. Applications may be emailed to Patricia Desiderio at