County awarded federal funds

 Meade 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. Meade County has been chosen to receive $12,246.00 phase 37 and 17,459.00 CARES to supplement emergency food and temporary lodging programs in the area.  The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local 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 (County Judge Executive’s office, the Ministerial Association, the American Red Cross, the low income groups, other interested parties) will determine how the funds awarded 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 made 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, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Meade County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc.  Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact (Meade County Community Action at 270-422-2545) for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is May 20th 12:00 noon.  The Local Board meeting has been scheduled for May 21st at 3:00pm at the Meade County Community Action.  Further information on this program may be obtained by contacting Ellen Leake. The phone number is 270-692-2136  This project is funded, in part, under a contract with CHR with funds from CSBG Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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