Mason County receives $50k in emergency funds.

January 31, 2022

Mason County receives $50k in emergency funds.

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LUDINGTON – United Way of Mason County announced today that Mason County has been granted funds in the amount of $50,569.00, for Phase 39 and American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA-A) from the Emergency Food and Shelter Fund. The money has been made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be used to assist local organizations with providing services to consumers in the areas of food, lodging, rent/mortgage payments, utility payments and/or equipment and/or equipment necessary to feed or shelter residents. Local organizations will be able to apply for funding to help meet these needs.

Organizations must meet the following criteria to receive funds:

  1. Be a private, voluntary non-profit or unit of government,
  2. Be eligible to receive federal funds,
  3. Have an accounting system,
  4. Practice non-discrimination,
  5. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter, and
  6. If the organization is a private, voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Organizations that meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply for funding online by going to The link will provide those organizations with a brief overview of the program and link to both applications. There are two requests for funding forms – Phase 39 and ARPA – R.   Organizations are required by the national board to select if they are going to request funding for Phase 39, ARPA – R or both. Requests for funding are due by Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 5 p.m.

The local Emergency Food and Shelter Program board is made up of representatives from the American Red Cross West Michigan Region, Catholic Charities West Michigan, C.O.V.E., FiveCap, Inc., the Ludington Area Senior Center, Mason County government, Staircase Youth Services, The Salvation Army, Lakeshore Food Club and United Way of Mason County. This board will be meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 to determine which organizations should be awarded funding. 

For additional information or questions, contact Lynne Russell at United Way of Mason County at (231) 843-8593 or via email at 


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