The deadline for nonprofits to apply for $21,953 awarded by the federal government to Wilkes County for emergency food and shelter has been extended to Feb. 17, said Wilkes United Way Executive Director Clara Hickman on Wednesday.

Public or private agencies interested in applying for portions of the funds must contact Hickman at the Wilkes United Way office in North Wilkesboro at 336-651-7803 for an application.

A local board will determine how the funds are distributed among emergency food and shelter programs in Wilkes, she said.

The local board consists of representatives of Wilkes County government, Wilkes United Way, Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, American Red Cross and local churches and health/human service organizations.

Hickman said that to be eligible for portions of the funds, local agencies must:

• be private, voluntary non-profits or units of government;

• have an accounting system;

• practice nondiscrimination;

• have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs;

• have a voluntary board if the entity is a private voluntary organization.

Last year, these funds were distributed to the Catherine Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter, Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission and Samaritan’s Kitchen of Wilkes..

The federal allocation was approved by a board consisting of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. The board was established under auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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