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Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department Of Homeland Security
CFDA #: 97.024

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

October 1 to the following September 30. Jurisdictions have the option of extending their spending year to the end of either September, October, November or December, provided they do not begin spending the next award until they have reached that date. For example, if a jurisdiction chose December 31 as a closing date, and new phase funds became available in October, that jurisdiction could not gain access to the new funds until January 1. For reasons of accountability the National Board wishes to avoid the commingling of funds from different years.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Given its charge to distribute the funds rapidly to those areas in greatest need, the National Board uses unemployment and poverty statistics as indicators of need. For Phase 22, fiscal year 2004, the following formula was used: (1) Jurisdictions, including balance of counties, with 13,000+ unemployed and a 4.8 percent rate of unemployment. (2) Jurisdictions, including balance of counties, with 300 to 12,999 unemployed and a 6.8 percent rate of unemployment. (3) Jurisdictions, including balance of counties, with 300 or more unemployed and an 11 percent rate of poverty.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.