Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. has been awarded federal funds under The Emergency Food and Shelter
National Board Program Phase 37 and CARES.
Dawson County has been chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter
programs in the county.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the 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 U.S.A.; The Salvation Army;
United Jewish Communities and, United Way of America. 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 various local agencies and churches will determine how the funds awarded to
Dawson 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 available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1)
be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice
nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter
programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies (not individuals) are urged to apply.
Dawson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Ninth District
Opportunity and other local agencies participating. These agencies were responsible for providing food
and shelter for local individuals and families.
Public or private voluntary agencies (not individuals) interested in applying for Emergency Food and
Shelter Program funds must submit a request to Brenda Dalin, Ninth District Opportunity, Inc, P.O.
Drawer L, Gainesville, GA, 30501. The deadline to submit a request is June 12, 2020