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County awarded federal funds for food and shelter programs
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Bryan County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The Salvation Army will serve as the administrating agent. Bryan County will receive for Phase 38 $11,054.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the local area. The funds will be distributed to qualifying organizations selected by the local board.

The budgeted award was made by a national board made up of affiliates of national voluntary organizations chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as deemed appropriate based on unemployment and poverty data.

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) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private, voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications. Failure to provide these numbers will prevent or delay the release of funds to agencies, if they are awarded by the local board. QUALIFYING ORGANIZATIONS ARE URGED TO APPLY.

A local board made up of representatives from local emergency services agencies, United Way of the Coastal Empire, City and County governments, Catholic Charities, American Red Cross, Jewish Federation, The Salvation Army and community volunteers will determine how the funds are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program. Previously funded programs provided nights of shelter, meals, emergency utility assistance as well as a portion of rent/mortgage.

Interested organizations need to contact Mary Fuller for an application. Deadline for submission is March 26, 2021 at 5 pm. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to mfuller@uwce.org. Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Fuller at 912-651-7751.

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