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Emergency federal funds available to local agencies

Lake and Cook counties were awarded $5,600 federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Local agencies can apply for the funds to supplement emergency food, utility and shelter programs in Lake and Cook counties by Wednesday, Jan. 3.

The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. It consists of representatives from a variety of national charitable relief organizations.

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. It consists of community representatives who determine how funds awarded to Lake and Cook counties are distributed among local agencies' emergency relief programs. The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

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; eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs; and if it is private organization, it must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies must be able to spend down award amounts by Jan. 31.

For more information or an application, contact Taylor Holm at or call 218-834-8024.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m.