Nonprofits encouraged to apply for grants
Yamhill County was recently awarded $41,728 in federal funds made available under the Phase 35 Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP).
Public or private voluntary agencies are encouraged to apply for funds, which are distributed through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
A local board is charged to distribute EFSP funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. In a previous phase, the local funds were distributed to support shelter operations at Helping Hands and the Gospel Rescue Mission, and for emergency food from the Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) regional food bank. EFSP enabled these organizations to provide 1,643 nights of shelter and 14,016 emergency meals.
The local board will determine how the funds awarded are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. Under the terms of the grant from FEMA, 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 deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.