Deadline to submit applications is July 18

Nonprofit organizations in Franklin County may qualify to receive federal funds to assist with emergency food and shelter programs.

The selection of funds for the county is made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, United Jewish Communities, The Salvation Army and United Way of Worldwide.

An Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board has been charged to allocate funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

This board, made up of representatives from United Way, the Franklin County Commission, the Salvation Army, a homeless advocate and representatives of churches in the community, will determine how any funds awarded to Franklin County are to be allocated among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies.

The local group is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Each recipient agency is required to report their activity and is subject to periodic review by the national 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, have an accounting system, practice non-discrimination, demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter, and – if they are a private voluntary organization – they must have a voluntary board. These funds are not for start-up programs.

Franklin County has previously allocated EFSP funds through the Community Action Committee, Good Samaritan, the Salvation Army, Haven of Hope, St. Theresa’s Outreach Ministry and Almost Home Transitional Housing Program.

In 2018, the funded agencies were responsible for providing over 1,000 food bags and boxes and rent assistance as well as providing emergency power funds.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for EFSP funds should call 931-308-7575 for an application. The deadline for applications to be submitted is July 18.