Grants available to supplement emergency food, shelter programs

Funding levels are determined by the federal based employment and poverty statistics.

Jackie Peters
Jackie Peters
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ALEXANDRIA — Douglas County has been chosen to receive a total of $28,224 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

This funding is in two phases. Phase 39 is funded at $6,690, and Phase ARPA is funded at $21,534. There will be a separate application per phase of funding. EFSP funds are federal funds made available through the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funding levels are determined by the federal based employment and poverty statistics.

These funds will help to provide emergency food and shelter for individuals and families as well as assistance for rent/mortgage payments to help people stay in their current housing. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be non-profit.
  • Have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit.
  • Practice non-discrimination.
  • Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
  • If a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.
  • Must not have any outstanding compliance issues with EFSP.

A local board coordinated by West Central MN Communities Action, made up of representatives from various Douglas County community organizations, will determine how the funds awarded to Douglas County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.
Contact Amber Holmstrom at to request an application. Applications must be received by noon, May 24.

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