Grand County, Utah has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding.(ARRA)
Grand County, Utah has been chosen to receive $3,242.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The 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 local representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Grand County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local services organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must:
1. be non-profit
2. have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit
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.
Grand County, Utah has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments participating. The agency was responsible for providing emergency food supplies to the needy in Grand County.
Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Ernest Bentley, Chairperson Southeastern Utah Emergency Food and Shelter Board at 375 South Carbon Ave., Price, Utah. Written proposals will be accepted until June 12, 2009.
Published in The Times-Independent, Moab, Utah June 4, 2009.