Grayson County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Grayson County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.


According to a prepared statement from the United Way of Grayson County, the county has been chosen to receive $42,107 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.


The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.


A Local Board made up of representatives from the community will determine how the funds awarded to Grayson County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.


Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs, and, if they are a private, voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.


Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may contact Starks at 903-893-1920, ext. 4 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Oct. 28.