Designed to provide food, rent, utility and other assistance to people in need, the federal Emergency Food & Shelter program’s funding is distributed based on a formula that measures relative poverty conditions across the nation.
Because of improved economic conditions, Kaua‘i did not qualify for direct funding this year. Instead, Kauai United Way wrote a proposal requesting that a portion of discretionary set-aside statewide funds be directed to Kaua‘i to address the hardships facing citizens not benefiting from the improved economy.
As a result, Kaua‘i will receive $11,830 from this program. A special board will soon be convened by Kauai United Way to distribute this money to qualifying Kaua‘i social service organizations.
The special allocations board will consider applications from last year’s recipient organizations along with others that may apply. Kaua‘i organizations which currently provide emergency food and/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; and
• Provide complete documentation for all expenditures.
Organizations meeting these criteria that 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 organization, the project 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 office of Kauai United Way not later than
3 p.m. March 5.
The short time of response is in accordance with federal regulations.