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Huntsville awards grants to local nonprofits

HUNTSVILLE — The Huntsville City Council authorized the city’s Community Development Office to distribute Community Development Block Grant funds to seven local nonprofit organizations.

The grant funds are available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The community development projects must either benefit at least 51% of low- and moderate-income persons; aid in the prevention or clearance of slum and blight; or meet an urgent need.

According to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the state of Alabama writes an action plan each year for approval by HUD that shows how the state intends to distribute the funds.

Click here to read Huntsville’s annual action plan for the grants.

There are four funds available through the grant program – a Competitive Fund, a Community Enhancement Fund, a Planning Fund, and an Economic Development Fund.

The following organizations will receive the grants:

  • Alabama Non-Violent Offenders Organization – $15,500 to alleviate operating costs and administrative salaries of personnel overseeing the Non-Violent Re-Entry Program.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama – $166,039 to alleviate costs of administrative salaries of personnel overseeing the educational, preventive, leadership, recreational and organized sports programs.
  • Harris Home for Children – $15,000 to alleviate operating costs of the Foster Care and Child Place Program.
  • Enable Madison County – $20,000 to alleviate costs of administrative salaries for personnel overseeing the Emergency Home Repair and Disability Modifications Program.
  • Village of Promise – $15,000 to alleviate costs of administrative salaries for personnel overseeing the Middle School Success Program.
  • HATCH – $145,000 to alleviate operating costs, administrative salaries and professional services contributing to economic and workforce development.
  • First Stop – The Huntsville City Council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Battle to enter into an agreement between the City and First Stop for the use of $150,000 in CDBG-Coronavirus funds from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Housing and Urban Development. The agreement modification brings the total amount awarded to First Stop to $2 million.

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