UMATILLA COUNTY — Local nonprofit organizations in Umatilla and Morrow counties are encouraged to submit an application for federal dollars received under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The funds were appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of programs in high-need areas around the country. The United Way of the Blue Mountains is charged with disbursing the money to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. Umatilla County will receive $34,053 for Phase 35 and $41,142 for Phase 36; Morrow County will receive $2,800 and $3,002, respectively.

Christy Lieuallen, United Way executive director, said in keeping with the award’s emergency nature, completed applications must be returned by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private nonprofits (with a voluntary board) or government agencies; be eligible for federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; and possess demonstrated ability to deliver emergency programs.

Funding priorities include providing food as served meals or groceries/food boxes, lodging in a shelter or hotel, one month's rent, mortgage payment or utility bill.

For an application or more information, contact Lieuallen at 509-529-1183, christy@uwbluemt.org or visit www.uwbluemt.org.

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