TAVARES — Lake County was recently awarded federal funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program in the amount of $158,654. The funds received will be distributed to qualified agencies in an effort to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in Lake County.
In order to be eligible to receive grant funds, local organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Be a private voluntary nonprofit or unit of government
- For private voluntary organizations, a voluntary board must be established
- Eligible to receive federal funds
- Have an accounting system
- Practice nondiscrimination
- Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at 5 p.m. Organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can view the grant requirements and download applications at www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/community_services. Applications are also available at the Lake County Department of Community Services, located at 1300 S. Duncan Drive, Building E in Tavares, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In previous years, Lake County distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds to assist organizations in paying for meals and housing at shelters, and for emergency rent and utility assistance.
The federal funds were awarded to Lake County by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and United Way of America, which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.
A local board made up of representatives from county government, United Way, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, advocates for the homeless, faith-based organizations and other community partners will determine how the funds are to be distributed to organizations in the area.
For more information about the grant, contact Allison Thall at (352) 742-6502.