New Castle News

November 27, 2012

Organizations can apply for food shelter funding

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County will receive $35,224 in federal funds to supplement the budgets of local emergency food and shelter programs.

The funds, provided by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, are available to qualifying local organizations.

Under the terms of the grant, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:

•Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government

•Have an accounting system

•Practice nondiscrimination

•Have demonstrated the capability to deliver the emergency food and/or shelter

•If they are private voluntary organizations, they must have a voluntary board.

Decisions on how to distribute the funds will be made by a local board including representatives from local agencies. Among them are: The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, The United Way, NAACP, Lawrence County Association for the Blind, Lawrence County Assistance Office, Ministerium Social Services, Lawrence County Social Services and the United Jewish Community.

The board has been charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact Kathy Presnar at Lawrence County Social Services, 241 W. Grant St. They can also email or call (724) 658-7258, extension 1213, for an application packet.

Completed applications must be returned to Lawrence County Social Services on or before Dec. 7.