Watauga County receives federal funds for distribution

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Article Published: Nov. 29, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 8, 2012

Watauga County has been chosen to receive $21,428 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, according to the High Country United Way.

These funds have been made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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

A local board, chaired by the High Country United Way and including representatives from non-profits, elected officials, county government and private citizens, will determine how the funds awarded to Watauga County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, 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 capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualified agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should submit in writing a letter of request outlining the program for funding and addressing how the program meets the eligibility terms described above. Letters should be submitted to Linda Slade, High Country United Way, P.O. Box 247, Boone, N.C. 28607 by Friday, Dec. 7. Applications will be reviewed by local board members on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

For more information, call Linda Slade at the High Country United Way at (828) 265-2111 or email (lslade@boone.net)

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