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Southeast Nebraska Region B Awarded Grants

Southeast Nebraska Region B has been chosen to receive $29,950 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 representing similar entities will determine how the Southeast Nebraska Region B funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds.

Under the terms of the National Board grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or unit 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.

If a provider of emergency services is interested in submitting a proposal for funds or for further information about the program, contact Ardith Hoins, Local EFSP Board chair, Blue Valley Community Action Partnership, 402-729-2278 no later than Wednesday, May 19th, 2010.

Southeast Nebraska Region B has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds to four agencies last year who provided 370 meals, 246 nights of shelter and assisting with partial payment of 230 rent or utility bills.