LAURINBURG –Scotland County programs that provide emergency help to those in need of housing and food have less than a money to apply for local grant money.
The $21,664 grant comes from the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program and will be awarded to the Scotland County’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board to disburse to local private and government agencies.
The deadline for submitting an application is April 14 by 5 p.m.
Applications can only be accepted from agencies that are already established to provide emergency food and shelter to residents of Scotland County. Money cannot be dispersed to individuals. It will be awarded to local established agencies to meet emergency food and housing needs. Agencies like food banks and shelters apply for a lump sum from the EFSP board.
The board helped five local groups last year, according to Denise Riggins, chairman of the county emergency board.
“It’s not a lot of money for any of them, but it is helpful,” Riggins said. “We wish it could be more.”
Riggins said any group that helps with food and emergency shelter is welcome to apply, but they need to have experience with grants because there is a lot of paperwork and oversight involved in receiving grant money.
The funds also cannot be used for disaster relief because that is administered by other federal programs.
To qualify agencies should meet the following terms:
— The agency must be a private, voluntary non-profit or a unit of government
— The agency must have an accounting system already in place
— The agency must practice non-discrimination
— The agency must have at least one year of experience and be able to demonstrate to the board its ability to service clients
— If an agency is private, it must have a voluntary organizational board
To apply for funding contact, Riggins at 910-610-5365.
For information about the fund and how it is managed, visit, www.efsp.unitedway.org.
Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169