A board made up of Oregon County representatives from local charitable organizations met July 1 in the conference room in the Oregon County Courthouse basement to discuss how to divide $8,475 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Kim Hollis, Oregon County treasurer, said the money from this fund must be kept separate from Phase 27 funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and receipts must be kept separate, as well. Money from ARRA can't be used in the same time frame as Phase 27 funds, either. Both funds have a deadline of Aug. 15.
Guidelines for awarding of funds are as follows: 1) The organization must be nonprofit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) if they are a private volunteer organization, they must have a volunteer board.
It was decided the funds would be divided equally between Ozark Action, Oregon County Food Pantry and Christos House. Each organization will receive $2,825.