The American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, plans to provide much-needed relief to the thousands who have lost their jobs and millions
of the low-income and vulnerable whose conditions continue to get
worse in these tough economic times.
Many of the funding
streams under the ARRA have been envisioned by the president and
Congress to play a major role in facilitating the economic recovery
strategy proposed by the administration.
The Community Service
Block Grant program was appropriated an additional $1 billion
of economic stimulus funding. Due to the flexibility of the grant
Action agencies are poised to provide relief and stimulated growth
of local economies.
Partnership of Central Illinois anticipates $402,522 to be allocated
to the area it serves: DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard, Piatt and
Fulton counties. This allocation is based on a statewide proportion
of poverty. These funds must be spent by September 30, 2010.
On April 3, Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois will have a
planning session at 2 p.m. to discuss the agency's potential uses
of the stimulus dollars and to provide a forum to identify potential
collaborations. The meeting is open to anyone interested in
collaborating with the agency in their efforts to best use the
funds for the community. The use of
Service Block Grant dollars can be
focused on nutrition, job training, education, self-sufficiency,
emergency services and economic development.
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"Community Action takes
pride in identifying areas of need in our communities and bringing
necessary resources to our friends and neighbors. We look forward to
hearing public input so that we can ensure these moneys are used as
effectively as possible," said Angela Stoltzenburg, Community Action
If you can't attend
the meeting but would like to discuss a potential collaboration with
your agency, please contact Kathy Shepherd at 217-732-2159, ext. 246.
An additional $40,000
is anticipated to be allocated specifically for small-business
loans. CAP already operates a small-business revolving loan fund.
The $40,000 allocated in the stimulus is in addition to the funds
they have available to loan to any small business that can show job
creation. Individuals interested in the loan program should contact
Kathy Inman at 217-732-2159, ext. 248.
For more information
about Community Action, visit www.capcil.org.
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of