Shawano County awarded emergency food, shelter funds

Shawano County has been chosen to receive $10,496 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county by a FEMA national board.

A local board made up of community representatives and facilitated by the United Way of Shawano County will determine how the funds 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:

• Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government.

• Be eligible to receive federal funds.

• Have an accounting system.

• Practice nondiscrimination.

• Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs.

• If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact Linda Olson, local board chair, at 715-524-3550 or for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is May 13.