BEMIDJI -- Applications for Emergency Food and Shelter funding will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, for local government and non-profit agencies who serve clients in Beltrami County. These funds are not available to individuals.

The Beltrami County area has been awarded $18,187 of grant monies to award to local agencies to help Beltrami County residents with emergency food and shelter needs, a release from the United Way of Bemidji Area said.

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.

Applications may be accessed by visiting Emergency Food and Shelter Program at

Completed applications must be emailed to:

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The EFS Program has been in existence since 1983 and was authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. EFS Program funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies.