Centre County United Way now accepting applications for funds

Centre County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centre County United Way said this week.

As part of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Centre County will receive $52,455 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, the local United Way said in a release.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by FEMA and consists of representatives from 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.

A local board will distribute funds to help expand food and shelter programs in high-need areas. The board, which includes representatives from Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Centre County United Way, will determine the allocation of funds.

According to the release, agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits 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, have a voluntary board.

Previous recipients of funding include Centre Hall/Potter Township Food and Fuel Bank, Community Action, Community Help Centre, Food Bank of State College, Housing Transitions and the Women’s Resource Center.

Agencies interested in applying for funds should contact Tammy Gentzel, Centre County United Way, 814-238-8283, for an application. Deadline for applications to be received is Jan. 9, 2015.