United Way of Aroostook to administer over $28,000 in emergency food and shelter grant funding

1 year ago

United Way of Aroostook has been selected to administer a $28,974 grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program that will provide additional resources to local organizations that meet these two basic needs.

United Way of Aroostook has been designated to provide the administrative support for EFSP’s fund distribution through a local board of community volunteers, which is responsible for making disbursement decisions among local emergency food and shelter programs that apply for funds.

This funding will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County for expenses incurred Nov. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023. The funds are to supplement and expand on-going efforts to provide shelter, food, and supportive services.  EFSP funds provide assistance over and above those services already provided by area agencies through their annual budgets.

“We are so thankful for these dollars that are coming to Aroostook County to fund the neediest areas and address gaps in services in the County.  It allows our partners to respond to changing needs in the community and expand the work they do,” said Sarah Duncan, executive director of United Way of Aroostook. “It is a competitive grant process that makes sure the funds impact the households in need.”

To be eligible for funds, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organization
  • Have an accounting system
  • Practice nondiscrimination
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs in Aroostook County
  • If it is a private voluntary organization, it must have a voluntary board

On a federal level, the distribution decisions are made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency 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 USA, and United Way Worldwide.

United Way Worldwide provides the administrative staff and functions as the fiscal agent. The National Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Applications can be requested by calling the United Way Office at 207-764-5197 or by emailing Sarah at sarah@unitedwayaroostook.org.  A digital copy of the application must be emailed to the United Way office by noon on Friday, Feb. 24.    

A Volunteer Task Force will make funding distribution decisions on Thursday, March 9.  Anyone interested in serving on this task force should contact United Way of Aroostook.

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