Winona 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.
Winona County has been selected to receive $15,323 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county in 2013-14.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; Jewish Federations of Northa America; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way Worldwide. 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 consisting of local human service providers will determine how the funds awarded to Winona 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 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, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
In the past, Catholic Charities, Southeastern Minnesota Community Action Agency (SEMCAC), Winona Volunteer Services, Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center, and United Way of the Greater Winona Area have received funds.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must request an application from United Way of the Greater Winona Area at (507) 452-4624 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.