Federal funds available to social-service agencies

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i United Way was informed they are to receive $54,264 in federal Phase 38 Fund money, to be used by May 31.

A special board will be convened by the Kaua‘i United Way to distribute these funds to qualifying Kaua‘i social-service organizations.

The board will consider applications from last year’s recipient organizations as well as other organizations that may apply for this special allocation.

Kaua‘i organizations that currently provide emergency food and/or shelter services and meet the following criteria may apply for a portion of the special funding.

To be eligible, 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.

Organizations meeting the criteria that wish 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 the project, the number of people to be served and the amount of funding requested.

This application needs to be emailed to Lori Almarza, KUW acting executive director, at lori@kauaiunitedway.org, and must be received at the KUW office no later than noon Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The short time to respond is in accordance with federal regulations governing the Phase 38 Fund.

For more detailed information, call 245-2043.

“Without the Kaua‘i United Way to apply for and administer the funding, this money would not have been available to those in need on Kaua‘i,” Almarza said.

“The federal Emergency Food & Shelter program is designed to provide food, rent, utility and other assistance to people in need. The funding is distributed based on a formula that measures relative poverty conditions across the nation. Kaua‘i United Way wrote a proposal requesting that a portion of discretionary set-aside statewide funds be directed to the island to address the hardships facing many of our local citizens,” she said.

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