NHSA’s Disaster Relief Fund
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) Disaster Relief Fund is used to assist NHSA member Head Start and Early Head Start programs and their staff and families who become victims of natural disasters.
The fund provides the following:
Direct assistance to a Head Start/Early Head Start Program: Up to $5,000 per program
Direct assistance to a Head Start/Early Head Start employee or parent: Up to $500 per employee/parent
Total program request including assistance to program and staff/parents not to exceed $5,000
A request for assistance should not already be covered by other assistance such as FEMA, building, automobile, or medical insurance, etc.
Examples of acceptable needs include, but are not limited to:
Reimbursement for car or building insurance deductibles
Expenses incurred by Head Start Parents or Staff made homeless or temporarily displaced from their homes due to disaster damage
Vehicle repair to damage caused by disaster not covered by insurance
Medical costs as a result of disaster not covered by insurance
Disaster Relief Fund Requirements & Guidelines
Head Start program seeking NHSA disaster relief funds must be a current Program Member of the NHSA. Applications must be submitted by the director of the Head Start/Early Head Start program seeking assistance for itself, staff or parents.
The Head Start Director must be responsible for ensuring the following:
Accountability for funds.
Disbursing funds as easily and quickly as possible.
Funds are not used to duplicate other assistance programs.
Funds requested should be in proportion to the need.
Creating easy, short forms for fund recipients to certify and sign.
Keeping proper records.
Providing a final report to NHSA sixty (60) days after expending funds.