Clay County has been awarded $20,532 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP).
This funding will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Unites States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from numerous organizations including, but not limited to, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.
A local board will determine how the county's awarded funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The board is also responsible for recommending agencies to receive the funding, and additional funds available through this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grants, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
* Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government,
* Be eligible to receive federal funds,
* Have an accounting system,
* Practice nondiscrimination,
* Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and
* If a private voluntary organization, a voluntary board must be in place.
All qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
EFSP funds have been previously distributed to the Southern Clay County Food Pantry, Clay County Emergency Cupboard and Closet, Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, Clay County Ministerial Association, Wesley Chapel Food Pantry, Bowling Green Outreach and Southern Clay County Share and Care. These agencies have been responsible for providing more than 15,000 meals.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for EFSP funds must contact Sandi Goebel at 443-0025. The deadline to submit applications is April 19, 2010.