FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced the city will invest federal dollars in 17 local nonprofit programs.
"We have a committee that takes a look at a number of possibilities in the city," Henry said. "Through conversations, applications, and dialogue we determine ultimately which ones we feel would be in the best position to meet the needs of our citizens."
Almost $445,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds will help low- and moderate-income residents with shelter, employment skills, domestic violence support, and youth development.
This is more than the usual yearly grant allocations because, due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development waived restrictions on how much funding can be invested in non-profit agencies.
"The whole idea with The Boys and Girls Club was to reach beyond their establishment," Henry said. "they have a great location now, but to be able to reach out and open up satellite organizations will do nothing but meet the needs of more young people."
The Mayor made the announcement at Brookmill Court, a Fort Wayne Housing Authority property, located at 2751 Millbrook Drive.
Brookmill will host a new Boys & Girls Club site, which received a public service grant.
"Its a win for the community and we need more collaborative, collective impact models like this to work with our children and their families who are in need," said Joe Jordan, Fort Wayne Boys and Girls Club President and CEO.
The City uses a competitive application process to award the grants.
A volunteer committee helps score the applications and makes recommendations on funding.
Criteria are based on goals for the use of federal funds that are developed in part with input from local residents.