Federal funding is up for grabs, and qualifying organizations presented their cases for why they deserve a piece of that pie on Tuesday night.
Nine Montclair groups are asking for $515,000 in federal grants to help benefit low- and moderate-income residents in the areas of education, outreach, networking and infrastructure.
At the Montclair Council conference on Tuesday, the organizations presented their project ideas to the council. The council will prioritize the projects, and determine how best to distribute funds. The deadline for the council is in January.
The projects will be funded through the Community Development Block Grant program, which is run by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The exact amount of federal money the township will receive is not yet known, said Montclair's Director of Planning and Community Development Janice Talley, and she was skeptical whether Montclair would be awarded anything close to the requested $515,000.
Talley said CDBG funding has continued to be “whittled down." Last year, the township received approximately $321,000 -- a decrease of nearly 50 percent from a few years prior.
“We are hoping the funding is the same” as last year, said Talley, but she added there are no certainties.
The federal funding will be made available in the fall of 2013.
The following organizations, their funding requests and a brief synopsis of how they will use the money is below.
Streetscape improvements to Glenridge Avenue (between Cloverhill Place and Grove Street).
Counseling Outreach Prevention Education
|$49,000||Provide additional counseling programs to low-income Montclair residents.|
|BlueWave Public Interest Foundation||$46,950||After school tutoring and summer enrichment programs.|
|Neighborhood Childcare Center||$60,000||Hire additional staff to care for special needs children.|
|Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corporation, or HOMECorp||$30,000||Funding for a financial literacy program.|
|Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation||$50,000||Funding for youth programs.|
|Interfaith Hospitality Network||$30,300||Case management services for Montclair families.|
|Family Service League||$20,000||Counseling for low-income families and rape victims.|
|$50,000||Funding for its Family Success Center.|