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 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.