$14,000 in federal funds available for emergency food, shelter needs

Officials with nonprofit agencies working to provide emergency food, rent, utility payments and other assistance to Kaua‘i people in need have until Monday to apply for federal funds being administered by leaders of the Kauai United Way, said Scott Giarman, Kauai United Way executive director, in a press release.

The federal Emergency Food & Shelter program is designed to provide food, rent, utility and other assistance to people in need.

Funding is distributed based on a formula that measures relative poverty conditions across the nation.

Because of improved overall economic conditions, Kaua‘i did not qualify for direct funding this year, he explained in the release.

Instead, Kauai United Way leaders wrote a proposal requesting that a portion of discretionary, set-aside, statewide funds be directed to Kaua‘i to address the hardships facing many citizens not benefiting from the improved economy.

As a result, Kauai will receive $14,000 from this program.

A special board will soon be convened by Kauai United Way officials to distribute this money to qualifying Kaua‘i social-service organizations.

The special-allocations board members will consider applications from leaders of last year’s recipient organizations, along with others who may apply.

Kaua‘i organizations whose leaders and volunteers currently provide emergency food or shelter services and meet the following criteria may apply for a portion of this funding.

Qualifying organizations must:

• Have certified nonprofit status;

• Use funds to supplement and extend existing resources;

• Have a Federal Employer Identification number;

• Practice non-discrimination;

• Comply with all local and federal reporting requirements;

• Provide complete documentation for all expenditures.

Leaders of organizations meeting these criteria who wish to be considered for funding must submit eight copies of their proposal of two pages or less, certifying compliance with the above conditions as well as describing their organ-izations, the projects to be considered, the need for this project, the amount of money requested, and the number of people to be served.

For more detailed instructions and certification forms, call 245-2043.

Applications must be received at the Lihue Plantation Building office of Kauai United Way not later than 3 p.m. on Monday. The short time of response is in accordance with federal regulations.

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