TAVARES — Local organizations supporting emergency food and shelter programs are encouraged to apply for a grant offered by Lake County Government.
A local board comprised of representatives from Lake County Government, United Way, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, advocates for the homeless, faith-based organizations and other community organizations will manage the grant selection process. In previous years, Lake County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds to pay for meals and housing at shelters, and emergency rent and utility assistance.
Local service organizations must meet several requirements to be eligible for a grant. The requirements for organizations are:
- Be a private voluntary not-for-profit or unit of government
- Have an accounting system
- Practice nondiscrimination
- Demonstrated capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
- Have a voluntary board, if organization is a private voluntary not-for-profit
For more information or to request a grant application, call Brenda Quattlebaum or Robbie Hollenbeck with the Lake County Department of Community Services at (352) 343-9630. The deadline to submit a grant application is Friday, March 3, at 5 p.m.
This grant is possible as Lake County recently received $44,888 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. Lake County was selected by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency 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 U.S.A. and United Way of America. 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 of the country.