Savannah, GA – May 11, 2020 – Chatham County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program; The Salvation Army will serve as the administrating agent. Chatham County will receive for Phase 37 $97,027 and Phase Cares (COVID-19) 138,332 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the local area. The funds will be distributed to qualifying organizations selected by the Local Board.
The budgeted award was made by a National Board made up of affiliates of national voluntary organizations chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as deemed appropriate based on unemployment and poverty data. The local board has been charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress with emphasis on elderly, families and children, Native Americans, veterans and those mentally or physically disabled individuals to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the Under the terms of the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: (1) be non-profit, (2) have country.
An accounting system and conduct an annual audit, (3) practice nondiscrimination, (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and (5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications. Failure to provide these numbers will prevent or delay the release of funds to agencies, if they are awarded by the Local Board. The numbers may be obtained, as follows:
- Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number. DUNS numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) at no cost. Link to Apply for DUNS – https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) – FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Link for FEIN – www.irs.gov
QUALIFYING ORGANIZATIONS ARE URGED TO APPLY.
A Local Board made up of representatives from local emergency services agencies, United Way of the Coastal Empire, City and County governments, Catholic Charities, American Red Cross, Jewish Federation and community volunteers will determine how the funds are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program. Previously funded programs provided nights of shelter, meals, emergency utility assistance as well as a portion of rent/mortgage.
Interested organizations should complete a written application and provide documentation as deemed appropriate. Deadline for submission is May 25th 5:00 pm to The Salvation Army, applications can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to 3100 Montgomery Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405. Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Linda James @ 912-651-7425.
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