Evansville City Finance Committee meets to discuss dividing up Community Grant funds

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Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 4:53 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville’s City Finance Committee met to determine how they’ll divvy-up the new Community Grant funding.

The committee is in charge of dispersing $3.5 million in grant funding to social service organizations.

Monday afternoon, organization leaders pitched their funding needs to the committee. Many of them noted their struggles over the past few years were due to the pandemic, and how crucial funding is for their projects.

They addressed specifically how they intend to use the proposed money.

The grants were broken up into three different priority categories: the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and Home Investment Partnerships Program Grant Funds.

”This is a tremendous boon to our emergency shelter network,” City Council President Zachary Heronemus said. “It primarily funds a vast majority of it, including domestic violence services in the community. It funds or seeds housing projects that are important, and those vary year in and year out. And that sets a great baseline for homeless services and housing services collectively throughout our community.”

On Monday night, City Council members voted on the specific distribution amounts to each organization.

The Department of Metropolitan Development will make the final call on the funding amounts that will be given out to the community.

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