Federal COVID emergency funds available via United Way

By Patrick Lynn

The United Way of Portage County has been named the fiscal agent for two FEMA grants to help local agencies managed the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Portage Co. has been awarded almost $62,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program and the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Funding applications will be considered from “any non-profit or government organization with proven ability to provide emergency food, mass shelter, rent/or mortgage assistance, and/or utility assistance to those in need,” according to a Friday news release from the United Way.

Applications can be obtained from Mae Nachman at the United Way of Portage County, 715-254-2183, or by email at mae@unitedwaypoco.org.

Completed applications must be received in the United Way office, 1100 Centerpoint Dr., #302, Stevens Point, Wis., 54481, by Monday, July 15, at noon.

Previous rounds of funding have been distributed to agencies such as Operation Bootstrap, the Salvation Army, Portage County Health and Human Services, CAP Services, Energy Services of Portage County, and Community Thrift Store.