Funds available to help hardships

The deadline is approaching for applicants applying for a share of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter program designed to provide food, rent, utility, and other assistance to people in need.

Lori Almarza of the Kauai United Way, administrator of the special funds, said the short time for response is in accordance with federal regulations in compliance of the funds.

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

Kauai United Way wrote a proposal requisition that a portion of discretionary statewide funds be directed to Kauai to address the hardships facing many of the island’s local citizens.

This resulted in $11,348 being set aside for the Garden Isle.

A special board will be convened by the Kauai United Way to distribute these funds to qualifying Kauai social service organizations with the stipulation that monies need to be used by March 31.

“This is not a lot of money,” said Scott Giarman, executive director for KUW. “It is important because it is money coming from outside of Kauai into our economy. Without Kauai United Way to apply for, and administer the fund, this money would not have been available to those in need on Kauai.”

Groups who wish to be considered for funding must submit one hard copy of their proposal of two pages, or less, certifying compliance 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.

Proposals can be emailed to Lori Almarza at, and must be received by noon, Sept. 26.

Information: 245-2043


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