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Grants Available For Food, Shelter Programs

Federal grant money is available for emergency food and shelter programs in Grafton County.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board, through the State of New Hampshire Set-Aside Committee, has allocated $18,208 for local governments and nonprofits operating emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

To be considered, organizations must be nonprofit, practice nondiscrimination, have a volunteer board, and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs.

They also must have a valid accounting system and conduct an annual audit.

The Grafton County Emergency Food and Shelter Program Local Board, which includes representatives from area government agencies, faith-based organizations and social service providers, will determine how the money will be distributed.

For an application or more information, call Local Board Chairman Tony Poekert at New Hampshire Catholic Charities, 603-444-7727, ext. 11. Applications must be received by Catholic Charities no later than Jan. 27.

The Local Board will meet to determine the allocation of funds on Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Grafton County Administrative Offices in North Haverhill. A representative from each applying organization will be expected to attend.

— Staff report