The federal government has directed emergency funds to Deschutes County

These funds will assist local nonprofits in providing emergency food and shelter.

We at United Way in Central Oregon have been tasked with developing a distribution plan for over $182,000 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to nonprofits operating Deschutes County.

These funds were made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Contained within those $182,000 is over $107,000 that was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist with emergency food and shelter needs resulting from COVID-19.

Nonprofit agencies and government units with a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) operating in Deschutes County that have a demonstrated capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs are invited to apply for funds. Applicants must meet strict federal guidelines.

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 18, 2020. The application can be found HERE.

Those with questions should contact Kati Hannigan, Community Impact Associate at 541-389-6507 or