United Way of Whitman County offers emergency funds to nonprofits

Priority is given to organizations serving elderly, American Indians, veterans, families with children

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Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County executive director, wrote that the money for organizations came from two grants totaling over $50,000.

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The United Way of Whitman County is offering funds to reimburse qualified Whitman County nonprofits, both religious and governmental, for the purchase of emergency food and shelter. 

The funds are available from two grants totaling over $50,000. Organizations that provide food and shelter programs serving the elderly, American Indians, veterans and families with children are given priority, according to a press release from Eric Fejeran, executive director of United Way of Whitman County. 

“This year is unique as we have American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds of $41,727 available to distribute to qualified organizations. In addition, we have $13,500 in Phase 39 [Emergency Food and Shelter Program] funds. Typically we only have the EFSP funds to award. It is important to note that there are two separate applications for these funds. Interested and eligible non-profit organizations should apply for both grants,” according to the press release. 

Past EFSP is not a requirement and applications must be submitted by March 9, according to the press release. The application and guidelines are available here.

For questions, applicants can email the United Way of Whitman County at [email protected] or call 509-339-4962.