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DECATUR — Nearly $60,000 in federal funding has been awarded to Macon County to supplement and expand emergency shelter programs, and qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply for a cut of the money. 

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, according to a news release from Catholic Charities. 

A local board of representatives from the Red Cross, United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and other organizations will determine how the $59,867 will be distributed among programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government;
  • be eligible to receive federal money;
  • have an accounting system;
  • practice nondiscrimination;
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

If a private volunteer organization would like to submit a letter of request, it must have a voluntary board.

The deadline for agencies to submit a letter of request is 5 p.m. Friday, July, 12.

Requests can be sent to Robin Murray, Catholic Charities, 247 W. Prairie St., Decatur, IL 62523 or via email to murray_dec@cc.dio.org. First-time agencies applying for funding should call Catholic Charities at (217) 428-3458 ext. 235 to ask for an application.

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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