PUTNAM COUNTY - The United Way of Putnam County has announced that Putnam County has been awarded a $5,828.00 grant under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the United Way which provides the administrative staff and functions as fiscal agent. The 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 governing board of volunteers, made up of local representatives of the national board organizations, will determine how the funds are allocated to Putnam County agencies providing emergency assistance.

Under the terms of the grant, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) have an acceptable accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply. The spending period for the grant will be October 20 through December 31.

Organizations, food pantries, or any crisis assistance organization interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the United Way of Putnam County before Friday, November 15. Please call 419-523-4505.