Juneau: Learn about transportation and community development grants at July 8 public meeting
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~ The City and Borough of Juneau's Community Development Department (CDD) has announced the opening of the application period for two State of Alaska grant opportunities. These grants include the Alaska Department of Transportation FY2025 Human Services Transportation Grant and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development FY2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Local projects are encouraged to apply for these grants, which aim to improve access and mobility for elderly persons and individuals with disabilities through transit facilities and services. The CDD will be holding a public information meeting on both programs on Monday, July 8, 2024 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. Interested parties can join the meeting at juneau.zoom.us/j/86224170388.

The Human Services Transportation grant allows local communities to set priorities and approve projects for state grant applications. In order to ensure that projects align with the 2020 Juneau Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan and coordinate with existing public transportation services and human services transportation options in the community, CBJ holds a competitive application round.

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A timeline with important dates and FY25 Funding Nomination Forms can be found at juneau.org/community-development/jctc/jctc-about-us. In the previous competition in FY2024, Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL, Inc.) was awarded $86,250 for a replacement Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Taxi for their Accessible Taxi Program.

The other grant opportunity available is the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCEED) Community Development Block Grant Program. Each year, the City and Borough of Juneau is eligible to sponsor a local project for this program, which is facilitated through the State of Alaska DCEED. These competitive grants are single-purpose project grants with a maximum amount of $850,000 per community.

The goals of this program are to provide financial resources to Alaskan communities for public facilities and planning activities that address issues detrimental to the health and safety of local residents, as well as to reduce the costs of essential community services. The program may also fund Special Economic Development activities that result in the creation of jobs for low and moderate income individuals.

A timeline with key dates, the local competition application, and state application materials can be found at juneau.org/community-development/grants-cdbg. In 2021, AWARE was awarded $333,402 in CDBG funds for retaining wall construction.

For more information about either grant program, interested parties can contact CBJ Planning Manager Scott Ciambor at [insert contact information].

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