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Ninth District Opportunity: Funds available for local agencies in Dawson County

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (amount TBA) Phase 35. Dawson County has been chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The allocation will be decided by the State Set Aside Committee. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.

The 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. A local board made up of various local agencies and churches will determine how the funds awarded to Dawson County are to be distributed.

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 nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to delivery emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies (not individuals) are urged to apply. Public or private voluntary agencies (not individuals) interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must submit a request to Brenda Dalin, Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. P.O. Drawer L Gainesville, Ga. 30501. The deadline is April 30, 2018.