Deadline near to apply for Emergency Food Shelter Programs grants in Orange County

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NEWBURGH – Friday, July 12th is the deadline for organizations serving Orange County (NY) to apply for funding through the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program, Phase 36. Orange County has been chosen to receive over $177,000 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 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 consists 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 United Way Worldwide.

A Local Board, made up of representatives from United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, American Red Cross – Orange/Sullivan, Catholic Charities, Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange County Government, Emergency Housing Group, Inc., Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen, Jewish Family Services of Orange County and community members, determines how funds awarded to Orange County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these and any additional funds available under this phase 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) have the capability to provide emergency food and/or shelter services year round, 2) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 3) have an accounting system, and will pay all vendors with the organization’s check, store/vendor issued credit card, or organization’s debit card, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have a voluntary board if a private, not-for-profit, and 6) not be debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funds.  Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may download the application and certification forms at www.uwdor.org/efsp-apply.