SOURCE: Volunteer Florida Foundation

June 14, 2007 14:28 ET

Florida Disaster Recovery Fund Releases RFP to Help Tornado Survivors

Up to $400,000 Available to Nonprofits Assisting in Sumter, Lake and Volusia

DAYTONA BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - The Florida Disaster Recovery Fund today released a request for proposal (RFP) that will allow nonprofits to apply for funds to assist survivors of the December and February tornadoes in Lake, Sumter and Volusia counties. Grants may be used to repair, rebuild or replace homes, nonprofits' structures or houses of worship in those areas. Monday, July 16, 2007 is the deadline for filing proposals with the Fund's manager, Volunteer Florida Foundation. The RFP can be accessed at, or by calling the Foundation at 850-410-0696.

The announcement was made today at the Salvation Army in Daytona Beach, preceding a meeting of the nonprofits involved in long-term recovery there. A total of up to $400,000 is available for grants, made possible through private donations to this Fund. Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 31, 2007.

"As immediate relief organizations wrap up their work with tornado survivors this month, we are eager to hear from nonprofits about the unmet needs of our neighbors," said Liza McFadden, President and CEO of Volunteer Florida Foundation. "Our goal is to assess applications and get funding back to our communities as quickly and as carefully as possible. This is especially critical as this year's hurricane season is already upon us."

McFadden was joined at the announcement by Captain Mark Harwell, Salvation Army, along with Council Chair Frank Bruno of Volusia County, DeLand Mayor Robert Apgar, and Daytona Beach Vice-Mayor Dwayne Taylor.

About the Fund

The Florida Disaster Recovery Fund, formerly the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund, was founded in 2004 to provide assistance to Florida's disaster survivors for long-term recovery. In February, Governor Charlie Crist announced the renaming of the Fund, noting that it also would be used to help survivors of the tornadoes that tore through Central Florida that month and in December in Volusia County. The Fund, managed by nonprofit Volunteer Florida Foundation, works with nonprofit organizations in affected communities, keeping decision-making about the Fund's use on the local level.

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