The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, National Council of Churches of Christ, and United Way of America, which provides the administrative staff and functions as fiscal agent.
The local board is charged with distributing the funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
The local board, made up of representatives from the Red Cross chapter, city of Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Salvation Army, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and others, will determine how the funds awarded and distributed.
The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional monies made available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant, Rutherford County agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofit organizations or government divisions, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs.
In addition, any private voluntary organization must managed under a voluntary board.
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance.
Since then, it has distributed $3.8 billion to more than 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the funding should contact Meagan Flippin at the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties at 615-893-7303 for an application.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 2, at 12 p.m.