$14K grant available to support local emergency food, shelter programs

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 3 April 2023 at 8:15 am

ALBION – Community Action of Orleans and Genesee has been notified of an award of $13,846 to Orleans County in federal funds for emergency food and shelter programs through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as appropriated by Congress through FY2022.

The announcement came from Jeanette Worsley, case manager and health coach at Community Action in Albion.

Applications are due from qualified organizations by April 14.

The National Board consists of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the 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. More information about the national program is available online at www.efsp.unitedway.org.

According to Worsley, a local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help supplement food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. The local board will determine how the funds awarded to Orleans County are to be distributed among local qualifying agencies.

The Orleans County Emergency Food and Shelter Program board is encouraging local agencies that meet requirements to apply for the funds. 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 adequate accounting system, (4) practice non-discrimination, (5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and (6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have an active voluntary board of directors.

Non-profit organizations or public agencies interested in applying for funding may contact Worsley, local board chair, at (585) 589-5605, Ext. 105 or via e-mail at JWorsley@caoginc.org.