Grand Junction council chooses 13 projects for $350,000 in block grants

Grand Junction city councilors on Monday divvied up more than $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to local programs, with the two largest awards going to structural improvements.

The federal funds are distributed by the city to eligible nonprofit groups that request the matching grant dollars.

Just to be on the safe side, the city subtracted 5 percent from this year’s expected allocation to account for possible federal sequestration cuts for the program, said Kristen Ashbeck, neighborhood services manager who coordinates the application process. Councilors in May choose the applications and projects they feel are most worthy and the funds are distributed in September.

Councilors will formally ratify their decisions during an upcoming council meeting.

On Monday, councilors decided to award:

■ $86,840 to Hilltop Community Resources to repair the roof, heating and air conditioning at The Opportunity Center.

■ $70,000 for sidewalk, curb and gutter improvements at Orchard Avenue and 28 3/4 Road to provide safer walking routes for Nisley Elementary students.

■ $28,050 to Rocky Mountain SER Head Start to improve security measures at its facilities.

■ $23,190 to Marillac Clinic for two dental X-ray machines.

■ $20,000 to Strive to repair a building to house The Parenting Place.

■ $15,262 to the Mesa County Community Services building for kitchenette improvements for the Cooking Matters program.

■ $15,000 to Partners to purchase a 12-passenger van.

■ $12,000 to St. Mary’s Senior Companion Program.

■ $10,000 to St. Mary’s Hospital Foster Grandparent program.

■ $10,000 to Marillac Clinic for integrated care for homeless people.

■ $9,242 for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado for Camp Good Grief, a program for grieving children and teenagers.

■ $7,000 to the Counseling and Education Center for low-income counseling services.

■ $4,700 to Giving Adolescents New Goals for afterschool activities for children.


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