BETTENDORF, IOWA (May 14, 2020)  The United Way Quad Cities is seeking proposals for grants for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which received $319,030 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

The grants, which are federally funded and administered by The United Way Quad Cities, are available to 501(c)3 nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government organizations that provide emergency food, shelter, and rental assistance in Scott or Rock Island counties.

“Our region’s allocation more than doubled this year, thanks to The CARES Act,” said Rene Gellerman, president and CEO of The United Way Quad Cities. “This will be a welcome relief to our nonprofits working on the frontlines helping people navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know they’re experiencing increased demand for basic services, especially food and rental assistance.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act awarded $98,260 for Rock Island County and $89,232 in Scott County for nonprofit and government agencies that operate emergency food or shelter programs.

The remaining dollars came from FEMA with allocations of $68,950 for Rock Island County and $62,588 for Scott County.

Applications are available at and must be submitted along with a letter outlining the needs for funds and a budget by 4:30PM on May 21 via e-mail to Leslee Cook at Grant recipients are scheduled to be announced by June 1.

Decisions on the grant awards are done by a local decision-making board that includes representatives from these organizations: American Red Cross, Community Action of Eastern Iowa, Department of Human Services, Diocese of Davenport, Milestones Area Agency on Aging, River Bend Foodbank, Salvation Army, Scott County Community Services, and United Way of the Quad Cities.

Local organizations chosen to receive funds are required to:

  1. Be a nonprofit organization or unit of government;
  2. Have an accounting system;
  3. Practice nondiscrimination;
  4. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and
  5. If they are a nonprofit organization, they must have a volunteer board.

About United Way of the Quad Cities

United Way believes every Quad Citizen deserves the opportunity to live their best life. These opportunities happen by involving people in volunteerism, advocacy, and giving. The result is a mobilized community creating the conditions that improve individual lives and strengthen the Quad Cities.

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