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Groups apply for $267,016 in community grants

March 18, 2006|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

Ten groups have filed applications with the Borough of Chambersburg for Community Development Block Grant funding, but the pie is smaller this year than in 2005 and could get smaller in 2007.

Borough Manager Eric Oyer said Thursday that funding is down 12 percent, or about $38,000, from 2005.

The Borough Council held hearings on applications totaling $523,726 Monday, although the borough's CDBG funding for this year is $267,016.

-- $50,000 for street improvements.

-- $50,000 to establish a grant program to help low and moderate income homeowners pay for curb and sidewalk replacement.

-- $50,000 for renovations to Mike Waters Park.

-- $50,000 for handicapped curb ramps in the Fourth Ward.

Money for the Mike Waters Park on South Second Street would be used as matching funds for a $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, according to the application.

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Maranatha, a faith-based charity, requested $137,000 for structural repairs, a sprinkler system and a cultural community center at its Loudon Street building, which also houses a food pantry and the Cold Weather Drop-in Shelter.

Franklin County Head Start requested $42,239 to make an adult restroom handicapped accessible and to add a children's bathroom at its Southgate Mall facility. Pregnancy Ministries Inc. is asking for $40,099 to replace an asbestos roof and two brick chimneys at its building on Lincoln Way East.

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. submitted a request for $28,000 for dressing room renovations at the Capitol Theatre, according to the list of applications.

Three requests were for public service programs aimed at assisting the borough's growing Hispanic community.

Franklin County Legal Services wants $22,366 to continue funding a position for legal services for Hispanic residents; the Chambersburg Hispanic American Center is asking for $17,500 in third-year funding for an employee to support multicultural programs; and the ESCAPE Parent-Child Center is requesting $10,522 for parent education classes for Spanish-speaking parents.

Habitat for Humanity submitted a request for $15,000 to purchase a lot for a single-family home. South Central Community Action Programs asked for an $11,000 economic development grant to pay for a "micro enterprise project" on small business creation and expansion.

The borough council is scheduled to vote on which requests will be funded at its Monday, March 27, meeting, Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey said.

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