Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

December 21, 2013

Decatur Co. awarded federal funds


Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Decatur County has been tentatively chosen to receive $4,324 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA ; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. 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 around the country.

A Local Board made up of government, United Way, and social service organizations will determine how the funds awarded to Decatur County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private volunteer organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Decatur County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds previously with Bread of Life, Human Services Inc., New Directions, and Turning Point. These agencies were responsible for providing meals, nights of lodging, rent assistance, and utility assistance.

In anticipation of this award for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds, qualifying public or private voluntary agencies are encouraged to apply. Those interested must contact Joane Cunningham, Decatur County United Fund, 108 S. Broadway, Greensburg, Indiana 47240 or call 812-663-3342 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received in the office is Jan. 16. Requests must be submitted in writing and detail the necessary aforementioned information. The Local Board will review all applications Jan. 21.

– Daily News