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Okanogan County is seeking federal funds for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in the area.

Mar 18, 2011

Okanogan County Community Action Council announced that our County has, in the past been awarded grant funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

This funding is made available by a National Board that consists of representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The Board was charged to distribute funds yet to be appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. Congress has yet to make funds available for Emergency Food and Shelter and at this time, no funds are available nor are funds guaranteed; however, the Local Board is choosing to advertise now so that if/when funding is available the funds can be used in a timely manner.

A Local Board made up of representatives from Community Action, County Food Banks, Catholic Charities, the Support Center, the Colville Tribe, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and other service agencies will determine how the funds awarded to the County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this Phase 28 of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be non-profit or an agency of government; 2) have an accounting system or an approved fiscal agent; 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to contact Community Action by March 31st, 2011 and attend the local Board meeting at Community Action on April 5th, 2011 at 1:30 PM where funding decisions will be made.

The Local Board has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the eight County Food Banks, The Support Center, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Catholic Charities, Okanogan County Transportation & Nutrition, Colville Confederated Tribes, Room One, and Okanogan County Community Action Council.

Further information on the program and the application process for qualifying organizations may be obtained from Autumn Carroll at Okanogan Community Action, 422-4041, or toll free at 1-877-641-0101

The deadline for new agency applications is March 31st, 2011.

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