- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

The Washington-area United Way is seeking grant proposals from nonprofit groups that want to help people affected by the September 11 terror attacks.
An estimated $1 million should be distributed by the end of the year from the September 11th fund, said officials with the United Way of National Capital Area.
Grant applications are due by Nov. 26 and, once the grants are awarded, "they will be delivered, posthaste," a spokeswoman said.
The Washington-area September 11th Fund raised about $2.7 million, of which one-third is designated for New York City.
A first round of grants totaling $834,200 was released to 13 Washington-area organizations Oct. 25.
In this second round of grants from the September 11th Fund, officials will consider requests from nonprofits that offer assistance and services to both "primary" victims of the attack and "secondary" victims such as those who lost their jobs in the hospitality and travel industries, spokesman Tony De Cristofaro said.
Acceptable proposals are for emergency assistance (including rent, utilities and transportation), programs for displaced workers (including employment services and temporary jobs), and programs for counseling, specialized training and support of front-line workers who give mental health services. Requests to fund capital expenditures, grant-making entities and animal relief will not be considered.
The application for grants can be found on the United Way Web site, www.unitedwaynca.org.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross has said it will return donations given for September 11th relief to any contributor who requests a refund.
Since the terror attack, the Red Cross has collected $564 million in a specially created, separate Liberty Fund.
Some $153 million already has been spent or committed to relief and recovery efforts, and another $150 million is expected to be used for "ongoing" disaster relief, Red Cross officials have said.
However, they have also said that the Red Cross will be reserving about $200 million to prepare for future terrorist attacks.
Reports about reserving September 11 funds have sparked outrage from members of Congress and New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
Red Cross spokeswoman Devorah Goldburg said Monday that when people call with questions about how their donations are used, "we talk with them and go through the whole process."


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