Jan. 21 community briefs
This year, as it has in the past, the Yamhill County Farm Bureau is offering scholarships to students in the community. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to full-time students from the area who have completed at least one year of college study in a degree program related to agriculture.
A student is eligible if they graduated from a high school in Yamhill County or their family lived in the county during their senior year. A minimum 2.5 grade-point average is also required and application materials must include an official transcript and two references. The application deadline is Aug. 1.
More information is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships or by calling Marie Schmidt at the Farm Bureau office, 503-472-9123.
County gets $44K for food and shelter programs
Yamhill County was recently awarded more than $44,000 via the federal government's Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP), which are distributed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
That news has a local tie in that a board has now been charged with distributing EFSP funds to "help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country," a release from FEMA said last week. The Yamhill County board will determine how the funds will be distributed to emergency food and shelter programs. To that end, the board will meet on Friday, at which time the fund – which must be expended by May 31 – will be awarded.
In order to qualify for funds, local agencies must meet certain criteria: they must be private, voluntary nonprofits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and must have a voluntary board, if they are a private voluntary organization.
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