FLINT — The federal government will provide $2.1 million in federal grants across mid-Michigan to bolster local relief efforts as our community responds to the coronavirus.
The $2,159,742 in federal grants, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, passed Congress as a part of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The federal grants to Flint, Saginaw and Bay City, as well as Genesee County, include grants through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program.
The CDBG program helps build stronger and more resilient communities. Through the program, projects—such as infrastructure, economic development, public facilities installations, and housing rehabilitation projects— are identified by local communities and receive federal support, in addition to support from state and local governments.
The federal grants announced recently will be awarded to local mid- Michigan communities, including Genesee County, which will receive $1,221,403 and the city of Flint which will receive $486,162.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, more than $65 million has been awarded to support local efforts. In August, nearly $1 million in federal grants to support local health centers in combating the coronavirus pandemic were also announced. — G.G.