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Federal grants for food and shelter available through FEMA

By From staff reports
Published in News on September 9, 2012 1:50 AM

Wayne County has been awarded $50,595 in federal funds under an Emergency Food and Shelter Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In 2011 this program assisted local charities in providing emergency assistance in the form of meals, shelter, utility, and rent assistance to Wayne County residents. The 2012 EFSP award has been increased by 15.4 percent.

Qualified local, governmental, or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must:

* Be non-profit

* Provide their agency's D-U-N-S* number

* Have an audit if requesting funding in excess of $25,000

* Practice nondiscrimination

* Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food, shelter, utility assistance, or rent assistance programs

* Have a voluntary board if a private voluntary organization

* Provide valid email address for agency contact,

* Be able to certify that their agency is not debarred or suspended from receiving Federal funds. In order to prevent a duplication of services funded, allocations will be awarded as supplements to current services and not as a startup funding.

Applications are available for qualifying agencies only; no individual applicants allowed.

Qualifying organizations are urged to submit applications, which are available at United Way of Wayne County, 301 E. Ash Street, Suite 310 (on the third floor of the Wachovia Bank building).

Applications must be returned to United Way no later than Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4:00 p.m. Applicants are required to attend the meeting of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board that will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, starting, at 9 a.m. at United Way in order to be eligible for consideration.

Applicants will be notified of their appointment time. The United Way of Wayne County provides the administrative staff for the program.

* D-U-N-S(r) Number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of more than 100 million businesses worldwide.

For more information about D-U-N-S numbers or to request a number, more information can be found at http://fed gov.dnb.com/webform/ pages/dunsnumber.jsp

For more information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program application process, contact Karen Schneider at United Way of Wayne County at (919) 735-3591.