Grayson County awarded federal funds

Staff Report

Grayson County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Grayson County has been chosen to receive $12,088.00 to supplement emergency food and temporary lodging programs in the area.

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 the County Judge Executive’s office, the Ministerial Association, the American Red Cross, the low income groups, and other interested parties will determine how the funds awarded to Grayson 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 voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Grayson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Grayson County Community Action at 270-259-3500 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

The local board meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Grayson County Community Action Office at 125 East Market St., Leitchfield, KY 42754.

Further information on this program may be obtained by contacting Melissa Layman. The phone number is 270-259-3500.

Staff Report

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