Grant County has been selected to receive an award of $7136.00 under Phase 28 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ USA, and United Way of America which provides administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The National Board distributes funds appropriated by Congress, authorized under Public Law 106-74, to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The Local Board determines how Grant County's award is to be distributed among qualified Emergency Food and Shelter Programs operated by local service organizations. The Local Board is responsible for identifying and recommending organizations to receive funds under Phase 28. During Phase 27 a total of $8106.00 was distributed between the certified local organizations Grant County Food Bank and the United Methodist Church of John Day.

Under the terms of the National Board award, local government or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must be non-profit, or an agency of government, with a financial accounting system and federal employer identification number. Organizations must demonstrate the capability to deliver qualified emergency food and / or shelter programs. If private / not-for-profit, the organization must have a voluntary board of directors and practice non-discrimination. Qualifying organizations may submit a letter of application demonstrating the requirements listed above to: Emergency Food & Shelter Local Board c/o Grant County Court, 201 S. Humbolt, Ste 280, Canyon City OR 97820. Deadline: 4 pm Thursday, February 18, 2010.

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