Polk County has been selected to get $20,878 to aide in stocking emergency food and shelter programs. The federal funds are made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency fund and Shelter National Board Program.
According to the Polk Standard Journal, the local 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.
A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Polk County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in Polk County.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board. local agencies chosen to receive funds must: .
– Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government
– Be eligible to receive federal funds .
– Have an accounting system
– Practice non-discrimination
– Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.
The local board also requires that local agencies receiving
funds must: 1) be in good standing with the national and local board regarding documentation requirements if funds were received in prior phases, 2) utilize the local emergency assistance database as approved by the local board, 3) be utilized to serve residents in Polk County, and 4) be currently operating programs which provide food, shelter or emergency programs providing rent/mortgage or utility assistance (no new start-ups will be funded).
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and funds must apply in writing to the local board chair. Written requests must include:
– Brief history of the voluntary agency seeking funding
– Information regarding the requesting agencies nonprofit or government status and names of their voluntary board (if applicable)
– Provide validation of eligibility to receive federal funds
– Provide validation of the agency’s accounting system
– Provide a statement regarding the requesting agencies non-discrimination practices
– Provide statistics regarding emergency services provided during the last fiscal year of the agency’s operations .
– Include the amount requested from the local board, and
– Certify the agency’s willingness to adhere to all Phase 33 funding requirements as issued by the National Board under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 33 requirements.
For requests for funding please contact ‘ Bolt by phone at 770-748-1215, by e-mail at Cedartownunitedfund@yahoo.com or by mail by writing to Troy Bolt c/o Cedartown United Fund, P.O Box 311, Cedartown, Ga., 30125. All contact must be made prior to July 31.