United Way announces federal emergency food and shelter grants


The United Ways serving Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties announced recently that local applications for the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program are now open. The deadline for applications is July 8. Each county is allotted the following amount for federal assistance:

  • Linn County: $62,461;
  • Benton County: $34,574;
  • Lincoln County: $23,072.

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance.

Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Emergency Food and Shelter Program is designed to help nonprofit and local government agencies feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and prevent hunger and homelessness for thousands of people facing non-disaster emergencies. This public/private partnership carries through to the grassroots level as local boards determine how to use the funds in their communities.

As the local administrator of this program, United Ways serving Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties is responsible for:

  • Coordinating a process to advertise and solicit applications for funding;
  • Recruiting members for the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program board;
  • Facilitate the funding allocation process. United Way acts as a liaison between the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program local recipient organizations for all reporting and monitoring purposes.

The local Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board as managed by United Way is designed to ensure cooperation between agencies and allocation of funds to the neediest areas. The local board is composed of representatives knowledgeable of local service needs and will prioritize funding allocations accordingly.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can go online at www.unitedwayblc.org to find application information.

Questions regarding the application process can be sent to Chantell Schaumburg at [email protected]

 

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