UCB Announces Grant Availability

    GRAND RAPIDS — The Urban Cooperation Board partner communities are now offering applications for the board’s 2003 Grant Program, which is anticipated to total just under $300,000 for grant-making this year.

    The UCB’s nine participating units of government have pooled dues in order to promote common, region-wide policies and programs.

    Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2003.

    Eligible applicants include units of local government, not-for-profit organizations and regional organizations serving UCB members and working individually or in partnership in an area of emphasis of the UCB.

    The UCB is especially interested in projects which transcend municipal limits, with an emphasis on projects that affect regional cooperation or eliminaten of regional disparities.

    The UCB anticipates making several grants by mid-July. It said it also may consider applications concerning multi-year projects.

    Eligible activities include: purchase of development rights, housing and human services, recreational or cultural activities or facilities, planning activities, Brownfield redevelopment, transportation, disaster recovery and emergency services.

    The UCB is comprised of Ada Township, Cascade Charter Township, the Cities of East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Charter Township, the City of Kentwood, Tallmadge Charter Township, the City of Walker and Wright Township.

    Together over the past two years, this partnership had made 38 grants, totaling almost $575,000 to organizations doing important, cooperative regional work.

    Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting the mayor’s, city manager’s or township supervisor’s office at a partner community or from the grant program coordinator, Eric DeLong, deputy city manager at 456-3119.

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