Sequester Community grants
Applications are in to the city of Grand Junction for funding from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, though it’s not clear how much money will be available to fund local nonprofit group projects next year, city Neighborhood Services Manager Kathy Portner said.
The city has received $340,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development each of the last couple of years for Grand Junction City Council members to decide how to divvy out.
In the past, the funds have gone to projects such as infrastructure improvements at Grand Valley Catholic Outreach’s soup kitchen, the Meals on Wheels program and St. Mary’s Hospital’s foster grandparent program, to name a few. The grants are used to leverage existing dollars. Community Development Block Grant money also funds civic projects.
For example, the federal money will go toward rerouting a sewer line on Sixth Street to accommodate reconstruction of the central branch of the Mesa County Public Library.