Funds available for social services

LIHUE — The Kauai United Way received a financial boost from The Emergency Food and Shelter Program, a federal initiative designed to prevent homelessness by helping keep families intact in their own homes with adequate food and other necessities.

“Kauai United Way is pleased to announce that we received a modest allocation from this program,” said Scott Giarman, the Kauai United Way executive director. “We must attend to the administration of this money within a very short timeline in accordance with federal requirements.”

The program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration and administered by local United Ways. Giarman said a special board will be convened to distribute $12,500 from the program to qualifying Kauai social service organizations.

The special allocations board will consider applications from last year’s recipient organizations as well as others.

Kauai social service organizations that provide emergency food and/or shelter services and meet the following criteria may apply for a portion of this funding through the Kauai United Way.

The 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 wishing to be considered for funding must submit one hard copy of their proposal of two pages, or less, certifying compliance with the above criteria as well as describing their organization, the project to be considered, the need for this project, the amount of funds requested, and the number of people to be served.

Detailed instructions and certification forms are available by calling 245-2043.

The proposal should be emailed to Lori Almarza at lori@kauaiunitedway.org by noon at May 15.

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