BEMIDJI -- Applications for emergency food and shelter funding are being accepted by United Way through Friday, Aug. 16. The Beltrami County area recently was awarded a $23,961 grant from the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

In each funded jurisdiction, a local board advertises the availability of the funds, establishes local priorities, selects local non-profit and government agencies to receive supplemental funding and monitors program compliance, a release said. Applications may be accessed by visiting Emergency Food and Shelter Program, under Our Work, at Completed applications must be submitted to United Way of Bemidji Area, Attn: Emergency Food and Shelter Local Board, Box 27, Bemidji, MN 56619.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies, the release said.