Federal funding available for Carroll nonprofit relief agencies

December 15, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Agencies that offer the bare necessities of food and warm shelter -- or help people keep them -- can get federal money allocated to Carroll County.

But the agencies must apply for it by Dec. 31.

Only Carroll County Food Sunday, a food bank, has applied for part of the $22,372 in Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for Carroll County.

The federal government has provided the grant to the county for the past four years, and this year's grant came with a 9 percent increase, said Kelly Parrish, assistant director for Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc.

"We're real pleased to get any increase," Ms. Parrish said. "We weren't sure what we'd get, because a lot of the FEMA money was used up in tornadoes and hurricanes this past summer" in the Midwest and Florida.

Human Services Programs, a private, nonprofit agency, is responsible for distributing the federal money to other local agencies that apply, or using it to support its own emergency relief programs.

The federal money may be used only for food, payment of utility bills to avoid shut off, emergency shelter or emergency rental payments, Ms. Parrish said.

For an agency to be eligible to receive some of the money, it must use the funds directly for relief services. The agency also must be nonprofit; have an accounting system and an annual audit; not discriminate based on race, sex or handicap; demonstrate an ability to provide the services; and, if it is a private organization, have a volunteer board of directors.

Human Services Program provides utility assistance and shelter, but there are other organizations in the county that might qualify.

The federal money is part of a $100,000 emergency services fund operated by Human Services Programs. The rest of the money comes from county government and private donations, such as the Fuel Fund through which utility companies and their customers may donate money to help people pay their heating bills, Ms. Parrish said.

In addition to the $100,000, Human Services distributes another $329,000 from the Maryland Energy Assistance Fund to supplement utility bill payments.

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