Council trims candidate list for block grants

Grand Junction City Council members Monday whittled down the candidates striving for a chunk of this year’s anticipated $328,569 allocation for Community Development Block Grants.

The grants, funded by federal money provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, are divvied out annually at the council’s discretion to local service providers.

Following a discussion at a Monday workshop, the council decided it will recommend funding the following projects with block grant dollars and finalize the grant allocations at a meeting May 16, although the list is subject to change before then:

$101,198 for a Grand Junction Housing Authority rehabilitation project at a 27-unit housing complex the authority recently purchased at 2910 Bunting Ave.

$50,000 for equipment and appliances for St. Martin Place, a 16-unit apartment complex Grand Valley Catholic Outreach plans to start building this month for homeless veterans.

$50,000 to help the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center rent a space downtown for entrepreneurs who have moved beyond the start-up stage.

$30,000 for Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley to help with the expense of remodeling bathrooms at the shelter.

$30,000 for the Center for Independence to upgrade its kitchen.

$30,000 for the city to administer the block grant program.

$10,000 for Mesa Developmental Services to take care of equipment or energy efficiency upgrades in at least one group home.

$10,000 for St. Mary’s Hospital’s foster grandparent program.

$9,371 to help pay for energy efficiency upgrades at a 516 N. 15th St. building owned by Strong Families, Safe Kids.

$8,000 for St. Mary’s Hospital’s senior companion program.


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