DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Applications are now being accepted for the annual Block Development Community grant, which will include funds from the entitlement category and CARES Act funding
The city of Dothan usually gives out around $500,000 in entitlement money to different organizations.
This year, some organizations can expect to receive money allocated from the CARES Act funding, especially after difficulties from 2020.
Many organizations will still receive entitlement funds due to what the money is used for.
“For the entitlement funds, you know we never have enough,” City Planning Director Todd McDonald said. “Being able to do what we can for the community, and that’s kind of the hard part about figuring out this whole process because we want to make sure that we get the biggest bang, we serve as many people as we can for the money that we’re allocated.”
For many this is a annual application, but for some, this is the first time applying for the grant after difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The House of Ruth hopes to use this money to help their main offices and shelter, since most of the grants go to their survivors.
“With our clients priority and their needs the majority of our grants include absolutely no maintenance,” House of Ruth Executive Director Angela Underwood said. “We’re in an office right now that’s desperately in need of repair.”
“We need a handicap ramp at the shelter, we need a roof here, our chimney needs fixing,” she added. “Vinyl has fallen off. There are stains in the roof. Rain is falling through the roof so we’re just in desperate need of infrastructure.”
Applications are now eligible to be submitted to the city planning committee until March 18.