Greenfield Wins $900,000 in Federal Grants
This just in from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:
Mayor William F. Martin received notice from Governor Deval Patrick’s office this morning that Greenfield will be the recipient of $900,000 in federal grants. Greenfield was among 24 communities in Western Massachusetts tapped to receive Community Development Block Grants for towns and cities with populations of 50,000 or less. “These grants are critical investments to help communities fix up homes and roadways and provide much needed local services for residents while putting people to work,” Gov. Patrick said in a statement announcing the grants.
In Greenfield, these monies will be used specifically for several initiatives highlighted below:
*Housing Rehabilitation – Projected 8 units rehabbed with an estimated 28 low/mod beneficiaries, budget $231,400.
*Sidewalk Replacement – Replace sidewalks on Conway & Elm Streets from Allen to Silver, total budget $463,283, with $233,363 coming from the Town and $229,920 from grant funds.
*Sustainable Master Plan – Procure services from a reliable firm to complete a Town-wide Sustainable Master Plan, total budget $120,000 with $40,000 coming from a HUD grant via the Franklin County COG and the remainder of $80,000 from grant funds.
*Public Social Services – Total budget $150,000:
CSR Food Pantry – $41,000; anticipate 2,000 low/mod beneficiaries to benefit
Center for New Americans – $24,032; expect 95 low/mod individuals to benefit
Recovery Collaboration – $30,000; estimated 250 low/mod beneficiaries, with an emphasis
Employment Readiness Initiative – $14,968; anticipate 46 low/mod youth to benefit
GCC Dual Enrollment – $40,000; anticipate 15 low/mod students will enroll in this program
*Administrative Costs – $208,680
Added Mayor Martin, “We are fortunate to have these funds allocated to continue our innovative programs and to help stabilize some community initiatives.”