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Governor Bob McDonnell Announces $859,406 Grant for the Disabled

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Govenor Bob McDonnell Anounces Disability Grant

Governor Bob McDonnell announced Thursday that $859,406 will be coming to the state of Virginia to help those with developmental, as well as other, disabilities. Leveraging over $300,000 in state, private, and local funds helped to get the ball rolling. The main recipients of the grant money will be Virginia Oral Health Coalition, Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living, as well as funds reserved for a mentoring program inside of the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services, along with many others.

Some of the recent government grants cover everything from science, providing housing, or preserving small towns’ historical roots. To list all of the grants requires volumes upon volumes of documentation. Luckily, we can get an idea by taking a look at the most recent grant programs that have made headlines.

Vernon, CT – Community Development Block Grant

The small Connecticut town just received $400,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help “make loans affordable to low-income residents for housing rehabilitation”. The grant starts life at the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency and is then issued by the state’s HUD branch to towns with a population of less than 50,000 residents. The mayor confirmed that this was an increase over last year’s amount of $300,000 and that there are at least nine housing rehabilitation projects being undertaken in Vernon.

La Casa Family Health Center

With the Affordable Care Act not fully implemented, some people are still struggling to find and obtain health care. Luckily, La Casa Family Health Center in Portales was able to navigate the competitive process of obtaining grants successfully. The announcement came at the end of July, as reported by the Portales News Tribune.

17 Connecticut Towns to Receive Infrastructure Grants

Crumbling infrastructure has been a frequented topic over the past few years. It is not a secret that the majority of our roads and bridges were made at the early part of the 20th century. As we move into the 21st century, much of that infrastructure will need to be replaced or at least repaired. Thankfully, Governor Malloy was able to retain federal funds for infrastructure improvements for 17 of the towns he will oversee as governor.

Texas: $13 Million for Family Planning

With the recent debate over abortion laws in Texas, one might think that family planning funds would never be available for that state. Fortunately, The Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas applied directly for the grant money, winning $13 million. Usually those funds go right to the state. But since the group applied for the grant, and won the funds, they can now circumvent the state and provide direct aid to clinics like Planned Parenthood.

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