Porter County recently was awarded $77,000 by the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program to support local food pantries and homeless shelter services.
The selection was made by a national board, chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and includes representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.
A local board will determine how the funds will be distributed, according to the United Way of Porter County. Applicants must meet these requirements: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or unit of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Applications are due by July 15 at noon. For an application, contact United Way of Porter County at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must attend a mandatory meeting on July 17 at 3 p.m. at United Way of Porter County, 951 Eastport Centre Drive in Valparaiso.