Clay County has been awarded $10,656 in federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs.
"We're looking for qualified organizations that have been in the community for at least a year and supply assistance to Clay County residents to apply for the funding," said Sandi Goebel, Clay County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) Chairperson.
Although the CCEMA has had its budget reduced over the years, each year the group tries desperately to get the funding out to organizations that assist those most in need.
The CCEMA board will determine how the federal funding will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by area service agencies.
The Clay County Food Pantry, Clay County Senior Center and the Southern Clay County Food Pantry have received previous funding consideration from the program which allowed them to provide more than 5,000 meals.
The Benevolence Association, which provides rent and utility assistance to qualified country residents has also received funding from the program.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funding from the 2005 Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program must contact Sandi Goebel at 443-0025 before March 19.
Participation Qualifications for the 2005 Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
To receive funding consideration from the $10,656 awarded to Clay County, organizations need to meet the following application terms and apply before March 19, 2005.
1. Be a private voluntary non-profit organization or a unit of the government.
2. Have an established accounting system.
3. Practice nondiscrimination policies.
4. Demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
5. If it is a private voluntary organization it must have a voluntary board.