Jefferson County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county will receive $5,414 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

A local board was tasked with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board will determine how the funds will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

To receive funds, local agencies must:

• Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government;

• Be eligible to receive Federal funds;

• Have an accounting system;

• Practice nondiscrimination

• Have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and,

• Have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the funds must contact the Jefferson County United Way at (812) 265-2036 for an application. Applications must be received by Dec. 7.