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Federal funds awarded for local food, shelter programs

Local emergency food and shelter programs can apply for funds, as Carroll received $16,239 in federal funds to help supplement these services in the county, according to a news release.

The deadline to apply for federal funds awarded under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program is Jan. 10. The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to the release.

Last year, Carroll was awarded $17,385.

Carroll was selected to receive funds by a national board chaired by the agency and made up of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

The Carroll County Circle of Caring Homelessness Board will decide how the awarded funds are distributed among emergency food and shelter programs. The board is tasked with recommending agencies to receive funds, the release states.

The national grant states that local agencies chosen to receive funds must adhere to a certain criteria: They must be private voluntary nonprofits or governmental units, be eligible to receive federal funds, maintain an accounting system, practice non-discrimination, demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.

Agencies interested in applying for these funds can contact Vivian Daly, acting local EFSP board chairwoman, at 410-386-3600 or vdaly@ccg.carr.org.

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