City shy of fully funding grants

Monday, June 13, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:06 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting.]

Several nonprofit Columbia organizations have presented to the Community Development Commission a second round of requests for Community Development Block Grant money.

The proposals submitted Wednesday total about $1.1 million and come after an initial round of requests from city government agencies that have applied for $1.8 million in grants.

The federal grant money is intended to fund projects that benefit low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Commission Chairman David Johnston said it appears there will be no more than $950,000 to go around in 2006, based upon preliminary indications to the Planning and Development Department.

That leaves the commission about two-thirds short of the approximately $2.9 million it would need to fund all the requests. Johnston said the Columbia City Council has indicated that about 20 percent of the block grant money should go to nonprofit organizations. Here’s a summary of the applications:

  • Services for Independent Living is asking for $39,000 to build home wheelchair

    ramps for Columbia residents with disabilities.

  • The Boone County Council on Aging seeks $40,000 to repair the homes of

    seniors in CDBG-eligible neighborhoods. The project would enable seniors

    who are at least 55 and whose income is no more than 150 percent of the federal

    poverty level to remain in their homes during small repairs and modifications.

  • Shalom Christian Academy and Daycare applied for $198,417 to remodel

    and expand its facility at 312 Ridgeway Ave. The project will cost an estimated

    total of $300,000 and would double the center’s capacity from 30 to 60 children.

    The faith-based center provides day care for low-income families, and it

    is the only center in its area open until midnight.

  • Enterprise Development requested $38,000 for its microloan program, which

    enables entrepreneurs to expand or start small businesses and enrich their

    neighborhoods. The Enterprise application states that block grant money,

    and other money raised in the community, would be used to match Small Business

    Administration loans.

  • The Central Missouri County Human Development Corp. asked for $750,000

    to build a modernized Head Start learning center, with a focus on parent

    and community involvement in early childhood development, on combined lots

    at 1402 and 1312 W. Worley St.

    The building would replace the Head Start location at 700 Fay Street and the Hand-in-Hand facility at 4030 S. Bearfield Road.

  • The Bear Creek Prairie development, formerly known as Bear Creek Village, hopes to land $21,910 for a bus shelter and turnout adjacent to the future subdivision along Northland Road.
  • Boone County Group Homes and Family Support asked for $9,500 to demolish a dilapidated house at 106 Hubbell St., where it hopes to build an adaptive playground for children with developmental disabilities.
  • The commission will discuss its recommendations during its next meeting on June 26. It will forward its recommendations to the Columbia City Council after a public hearing later in the summer.

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