FEMA awards county federal grant money

Winnebago County has been selected to receive a Phase 25 award of $189,615 from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of FEMA funds is to supplement and extend an organization’s ability to provide these services to those in our community who are in need.

Funds are available to local nonprofits or government agencies for the purpose of providing emergency food, shelter or utility services in Winnebago County. Under terms of the grant from the National Board, organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be nonprofit or a government agency, 2) have an accounting system, and agencies requesting funds greater than $50,000 must conduct an annual audit, 3) practice non-discrimination; 4) charge no fee for services of the requested funded program, 5) private voluntary organizations must have voluntary boards, and 6) to the extent practical, involve homeless or formerly homeless individuals in the process of providing emergency food and shelter services.

Winnebago County is among several communities across the nation selected to receive awards by a National Board overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities-USA, and National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, plus United Way of America, which will provide administrative staff and function as the fiscal agent. The board’s job was 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 composed of Winnebago County residents will determine how the grant money is distributed among emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

Organizations wishing to be considered for a portion of these funds must request and complete an application and Local Recipient Organization Certification Form through Helen Menningen at United Way of Rock River Valley at 968-5400.

Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19. It is recommended that you hand-deliver your application—to avoid any mail delays—to the attention of: Helen Menningen, United Way of Rock River Valley, 612 N. Main St., Suite 300, Rockford, IL 61103-6929.

From the Jan. 10-16, 2007, issue

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