Natrona County was selected to receive $50,136 to help fund emergency food and shelter programs, according to a Monday, April 1 United Way of Natrona County press release.
Local voluntary non-profits and government units are able to apply for the federal grant funding, according to the release. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31.
Local agencies must be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have a demonstrated capability to offer emergency food and shelter services and have a voluntary board, the release states.
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The funding was granted by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board. The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency chairs that board.
In addition to FEMA, the board is comprised of representatives from 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.
A local board will determine how the funding is distributed, the release adds.
“The Phase 35 110 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,” reads the release.
“A Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to Natrona County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.”
In the past, similar funding has been distributed to the Salvation Army, Wyoming Rescue Mission, Casper Youth Crisis Center, the Self-Help Center and Meal on Wheels, according to the release.
Agencies interested in applying should contact United Way of Natrona County Executive Director Anna Wilcox for applications. That office is located at 350 Big Horn Road No. 1 in Casper. Their phone number is 307-237-9367.