County’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program awarded grant of $43,153

   The Van Buren County EFSP Board has been awarded $43,153 under Phase 36 of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program through United Way.
   The local board will determine, based on current need and eligibility, how the funds will be distributed. Under the terms of previous grants from the EFSP Board, local government or private volunteer organizations chosen to receive funds must:
   • Be a non-profit organization;
   • Have a formal accounting system and conduct an annual audit;
   • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food, financial assistance and/or shelter programs;
   • Maintain a minimum number of weekly hours with a staff person or volunteer;
   • Have a voluntary board if a private voluntary organization;
   • Use funds on an ongoing basis to supplement and extend food and shelter services, not as a substitute for other program funds or to start a new program;
   • Maintain detailed records and documentation of all program expenses if awarded an allocation. It is also preferable that applying organizations have a tracking system to monitor client use;
   • Be able to certify that they are not debarred or suspended from receiving federal funds;
   This assistance is made possible by the National Board, chaired by the Emergency Food and Shelter/Federal Emergency Management Agency. United Way of America serves as the fiscal agency to the National Board.
   Van Buren County organizations not currently part of the Van Buren County Emergency Food and Shelter Program may make application to participate. Written applications must be received by July 12th. 
   Submit applications to Sheila Baker, VBCEFSP Board Chairman, 27399 22nd Ave., Gobles, MI 49055 or sfbaker1031@gmail.com.

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