Richmond County gets $21K in federal funds to help private social programs

By: For the Daily Journal

Richmond County has been chosen to receive $21,212 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consist of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and the United Way Worldwide. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Richmond County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

• be private voluntary non profits or units of government;

•be eligible to receive Federal funds;

• have an accounting system;

•practice nondiscrimination;

• have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and / or shelter programs; and

• if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Richmond County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds previously to: Our Daily Bread; Southern Mission Ministries; Helping Hands of Hamlet – Back Pack Pals; Richmond County Aging Services; New Horizon’s Life and Family Services; Samaritan Colony; and The Salvation Army.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds should contact Michelle Parrish at 910-997-2173 for an application or email [email protected]

The deadline to receive applications is Monday, April 23, 2018 by 2 p.m. No late applications accepted.

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For the Daily Journal