United Way of Southwest Louisiana serves as a fiscal agent for the Local Federal Emergency Management Agency Board. The program is operated by
local, non-profit agencies.
Congress appropriates the money to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. United Way Worldwide provides the administrative staff and distributes the money.
This grant is not in response to natural or national disasters.
The Calcasieu Parish Jurisdiction was designated by a national board of volunteer organizations chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Criteria for funding requires
organizations to be a non-profit, have a qualified accounting system and conduct annual audits, practice non-discrimination and show they are capable of administering these programs. Private
voluntary organizations must also have an unpaid board. Calcasieu Parish designates a local board which awards funding based on our parish needs.