LAURINBURG — Scotland County nonprofits could receive supplemental emergency food and shelter grant funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the US, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance.
Applications for funding may be obtained by calling Denise Riggins at 910-610-5365 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The application deadline is June 10 at 5 p.m.
This grant funding is not for individuals, but for agencies that provide emergency food and shelter. Riggins said the aid does not include disaster assistance which is covered under other federal programs.
Scotland County is expected to receive $20,732.
The program is governed by a national board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jewish Communities; The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; the Salvation Army; and the United Way of America. The board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
A local board may be comprised of both private and public representatives, but must include all of the same representatives as listed above on the National Board, with a local government official representing the FEMA representative.
The local board must elect a chair, and, since 1993, local boards have been required to include a homeless or formerly homeless person as a member.
“Essentially, local boards must make every effort to include all of these listed above and must report if unable to include one of another of these representatives,” Riggins said. “Anyone who would like to serve on the board may be considered unless that person is an employee of or serves on the board of an agency which is also requesting funding from the board.”
The funding phase must be administered by the local board June 30.
The board can accept an application from any agency that would like to apply; however, for an agency to be considered for the funding the agency must meet the following terms of the grant:
— 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 a private, the agency must have a voluntary organizational board.
“Again, the board cannot take applications from individuals, but from agencies that are already established to provide emergency food and shelter to those needing these services in Scotland County,” Riggins said. “Due to limited funding, the board may not be able to fund all agencies that qualify.”
Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023