Township Council Approves More Than $130,000 in Grants to Organizations

More than $130,000 in Community Development Block Grant sub-grants to area social service organizations helping township residents were approved at the Oct. 8 Township Council meeting.

The money is targeted primarily to groups and organizations serving the township’s minority and low- and moderate-income residents.

The money comes from a total $254,714 CDBG grant won by the township. The remaining funds are held for future projects, Mayor Brian Levine said.

The programs receiving approval and their amounts include:

  • $6,727 for the Central Jersey Housing Resource Center of Raritan to provide housing counseling and referral services to up to 92 low- and moderate-income individuals or families who live or work in the township.
  • $4,500 to the township recreation department’s Boys and Girls Circle Program at Franklin Middle School, which provides mentoring and after-school activities for primarily minority and low-income youth.
  • $1,500 for the Franklin Township Food Bank to buy plants and irrigation supplies to raise 4,000 linear feet of vegetables at the food bank’s vegetable farm. The produce is distributed to USDA certified food bank clients.
  • $4,500 to Homesharing, Inc. of Bridgewater for its Homesharing Match program for up to 150 township residents. The program matches those who wish to share their homes with people in need of shelter.
  • $21,150 to The ARC of Somerset County to repair and create a handicapped-accessible bathroom at its Griggstown group home.
  • $6,176 to the township recreation department for operating its Williams Park Summer Camp and pool.
  • $33,000 to the Wilentz Senior residence for renovations to 10 kitchens. The work includes new cabinets, counter tops and flooring.
  • $5,000 to the ADTI Housing Corporation OF Raritan for the replacement of old windows at its Charles Street facility.
  • $40,000 to the Franklin Township Food Bank for space expansion and renovations at its facility.
  • $5,000 to Family & Community Services of Bound Brook for after-school programs for at-risk children.
  • $5,000 for the Center for Great Expectations in Somerset for daycare instruction for homeless children.

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