Jefferson County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county is anticipating an award of $5,366 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The board was tasked with distributing 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 will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

• Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government;

• Be eligible to receive Federal funds;

• Have an accounting system;

• Practice nondiscrimination

• Have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and,

• Have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the funds must contact the Jefferson County United Way office at (812) 265-2036 for an application. Applications must be received by Monday, Dec. 9.