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Mid-Sioux awarded federal funds

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. has been chosen to receive $2,432 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Cherokee County.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. 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.

A Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local 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: (1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; (2) be eligible to receive federal funds, (3) have an accounting system; (4) practice nondiscrimination; (5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and (6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., Julie Colling, Housing/Energy Services Director, 418 South Marion Street, Remsen, IA 51050 or call 712-786-3415 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is by May 18, 2010.



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