Since the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded Lincoln County more than $40,000 in grant money this season, United Way has been seeking applications from local nonprofits and other organizations who can use the money to cover the cost of the community’s emergency needs.
United Way of Lincoln County annually applies for the FEMA grant and has received an increasing amount each year, Executive Director Kathy Vinzant said.
The funds are meant “to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas across the country,” according to a United Way of Lincoln County press release.
The amount is based on each county’s unemployment rate and other individual statistics, Vinzant said.
While the nonprofit agency doesn’t actually distribute or receive any of the funds, which total $43,984 this year, it collects applications for the grant money.
Other local agencies, such as Department of Social Services, typically disperse the money to the organizations that have applied.
FEMA chairs a National Board comprised of United Way officials and workers with American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, among others, which grants a certain amount of funds to local boards, the release said.
Groups on the Lincoln County board include DSS officials along with organization officials from Lincoln Housing Authority, Hesed House of Hope, Job Link Career Center and more.
According to the release, before applying, groups must meet the following criteria:
To apply, call Kathy Vinzant at (704) 732-8055. Deadline to apply is 3 p.m. Sept. 17.