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Schenectady accepting applications for grant funds

Schenectady accepting applications for grant funds

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Schenectady accepting applications for grant funds
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SCHENECTADY -- The city of Schenectady is accepting applications from community groups for funding from three federal grant programs.

Applications for the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnerships and the Emergency Solutions Grant must be submitted to the city’s Department of Development by Feb. 17.

Schenectady receives a certain amount of entitlement funding from HUD each year, and the three grant programs fall under that umbrella, said Jackie Mancini, director of development for the city.

The city won’t learn how much funding it’s receiving this year until March, Mancini said, but the expectation is it will be a similar amount to last year. In 2016, Schenectady received roughly $2.6 million, she said.

City officials will review applications before funding awards are determined.

The grant application is an annual occurrence, but the format and requirements have changed this year. As a result, community groups interested in applying must attend an assistance session at City Hall on Jan. 30, at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m.

The grant applications are part of the city’s Consolidated Plan process, which is intended to create a unified vision for local development actions. The HUD funding is part of a coordinated effort to improve community development, working in unison with Schenectady’s Neighborhood Action Plans and its 2015-19 Federal Consolidated Plan.

Detailed instructions and the application itself can be found on the city’s website.

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