Emergency food, shelter grants available in Charlevoix, Emmet Counties

Emmet County has been awarded $3,988, and Charlevoix has been awarded $3,137 in Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

These funds will be distributed by a Local Board and are used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in these counties through Jan. 31.

Although the funding has been severely cut over the past few years from a combined total of $50,047 in 2015 to $7,125 this year, the funds still fill a necessary gap in services for those in need and represents a slight increase from last year.

The award was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A local board is charged with distributing the funds to agencies serving Charlevoix & Emmet counties.

This Local Board is chaired by Char-Em United Way and includes representatives from a number of local organizations.

This board will determine how the funds are will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

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) have an accounting system
3) practice nondiscrimination
4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and
5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Contact Lorraine Manary, Char-Em United Way at (231) 487-1006 or info@charemunitedway.org for an application.

Deadline for applications to be received is 5 p.m. Friday July 13.