For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Quick

Westminster, MD, June 27, 2019 – Carroll County was awarded $22,848 in federal funds, made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.  The funds will supplement the emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Local agencies meeting the required criteria are encouraged to apply.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.  The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The Carroll County Circle of Caring Homelessness Board will determine how the local award will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:  1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Carroll County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds previously to agencies that assisted with utilities, rent, and meals for Carroll residents.  Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs funds must contact Jennifer Quick, Local EFSP Board Chairperson, by calling 410-386-3610 or emailing

The deadline for applications to be received is 4:00pm July 12, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

 **All applicants must be available on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm to present their application to the Ranking Committee. **