KENNEBUNK — United Way of York County has been selected to administer a $67,625 grant from the Emeregency Food and Shelter National Board Program that will provide additional resources to local organizations that meet these basic needs.

United Way has been designated to provide the administrative support for the program’s fund distribution through a local board of community  volunteers, which is responsible for making disbursement decisions among local food and shelter programs that apply for funds.

This funding will supplement emeregency food and shleter programs in the county for expenses incurred from Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2018. The funds are earmarked to provide special emergency assistance in the areas of food, shelter, rent/mortgage or utility assistance.

EFSP funds proviode assistance over and above those services already provided by area agencies through their annual budgets.

“These funds provide additional resources to applicant organizations to meet the increased requests for basic need services, said Barb Wentworth, United Way of York County’s president and chief executive officer. “With the support of the local EFSP board, we can ensurfe that tehse funds are put to good and immediate use in our community.”

To be eligble for funds, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organization, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emeregency food and/or shelter programs in York County, and have a voluntary board if it is a private voluntary organization.

On the federal level, the distribution decisions are made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, the Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Chrost in the USA, and United Way Worldwide. The United Way Worldwide provides administrative staff and functions as fiscal agent.

The National Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

Completed applications must be received by noon Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Applications must be delievered or mailed to the address below and received by noon June 21, 2017. Applications may be downloaded from 

For more information, send an email to [email protected] or go to the EFSP website at

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