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Marion County awarded federal funds for emergency food and shelter programs

Marion County has been chosen to receive $106,155 to supplement Emergency Food and Shelter National Board programs in Marion 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 Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federation of North America; The Salvation Army; and 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 comprised of representatives from the United Way of Marion County, Salvation Army, Brother’s Keeper, Interfaith Emergency Services, American Red Cross, Ocala/Marion County Continuum of Care, local clergy and nonaffiliated volunteers will determine how the funds awarded to Marion County are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds that might become available under the program.

Under 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 nondiscrimination;
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and
  • If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Agencies will be required to provide a DUNS number, a federal tax ID number, a valid phone number and email address for the contact person. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must submit an application. Applications can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org/FEMA. Applications and all required documents must be completed and returned to the address above no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Applications that are late and/or incomplete will not be considered.

For more information, contact Amy Wethington, community impact coordinator, at (352)732-9696 or [email protected].

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