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FEMA grant funds available

WORTHINGTON -- Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council Inc. (SMOC) was awarded $3,668 in federal funds through the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Nobles County; and $9,070 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Murray, Pipestone and Rock counties.

A local board comprised of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; the Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America, as well as other local agencies, will determine how the funds awarded to SMOC 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 made available through FEMA.

Under the terms of the grant, 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 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.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may contact Paula Boehrs, Community Services Coordinator, at SW MN Opportunity Council, Inc., PO Box 787, Worthington, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Oct. 21.