WHATCOM 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.
Whatcom County has been chosen to receive $114,738 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 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 United Way, local government, and non-profits will determine how the funds awarded to Whatcom County 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.
Grant recipients will be responsible for providing meals, groceries and/or lodging.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must attend a Technical Assistance Meeting on Aug. 11 at 9:00AM at the United Way, 1500 Cornwall Ave, Ste. 203, Bellingham. The deadline for completed applications is Friday, Aug. 18 at 3:00 PM.
Standards for Eligibility
- Tax Exempt, nonprofit organization or united of local government
- Eligible to receive Federal funds
- Active board of directors
- Sound financial management
- Demonstrated ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
Application Checklist (Complete the following)
- Application Form
- Program Budget Form
- Program Standards Verification Form
- LRO Certification Form
- IRS Tax Exempt Letter
- Non-discrimination Policy
- Board of Directors List with Affiliations
Friday, August 11 - 9:00AM
Grant Seekers technical Assistance Meeting to take place in the large conference room in our office location, on the 2nd floor of the Washington Federal Bank building, corner of Champion & Cornwall.
United Way of Whatcom County, 1500 Cornwall Ave. Ste 203 Bellingham WA 98225. On-street parking and limited lot space in slots marked "WCP."
This meeting is open to the public and required for those who hope to receive EFSP funding.
You must RSVP your attendance to Mike Weinstein.
Friday, August 18 - 3:00PM
New grant seeker applications (electronic and hard copies) due.
You will be notified if you have recieved an EFSP grant in late August.
Submit application materials to:
United Way of Whatcom County
1500 Cornwall Avenue Ste 203
Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact our office at (360)733-8670 with any questions
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