Carter County awarded EFSP funds, available to agencies

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A pool of funds totaling $27,719 are now available to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Carter County.
The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency made the funds available to Carter County, under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. This is Phase 33 of the program, and the Local Board responsible for distributing the funds is asking local agencies to submit applications by September 9, 2016.
United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County plays a vital administrative role in ensuring the funds reach Carter County, and this year they hope several agencies will submit applications. “We’d like to see a diverse range of requests this year, so our EFSP Board can make sure that emergency needs are being properly addressed,” said Community Impact Coordinator and contact for the Local EFSP Board Josh McKinney.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; be eligible to receive Federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; demonstrate the capacity to deliver emergency food and shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.
“These funds should be put to good use for the people of Carter County,” said Local EFSP Board Chair Cheri Tinney. “If an organization might be eligible to receive them, and works to provide these types of services, then they should submit an application.”
There is a particular need for emergency shelter in Carter County, she added.
Agencies interested in applying should contact Josh McKinney at or visit United Way’s website at For further information, call (423) 543-6975.

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