Thursday, October 8, 2020

Romulus receives more than $800,000 in grant funds

The City of Romulus has received more than $800,000 in various federal and statewide grants, coming at a critical time as the city works to lessen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. 

In light of the increased need of funding due to the pandemic and the grant opportunities offered at the federal, state and county levels, Mayor LeRoy Burcroff recently created an Operational Sustainability & Community Enhancement Committee. The committee members, including city department leaders, work together to streamline the grant process by providing each department the resources and information they need to easily complete applications. The new committee has played a key role in Romulus' ability to coordinate and receive grants during the pandemic, Burcroff said.

“As city leaders, it is our duty to protect our city's financial standing while bettering the community we call home,” said Burcroff. “I am proud of those on the Operational Sustainability & Community Enhancement Committee who continue to work diligently to create an efficient and successful grant process, securing access to resources, especially funding, that build on our city's existing infrastructure.”

To date, Romulus has received grants including: First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program grant to reimburse first responder hazard pay premiums for those who have performed hazardous work related to COVID-19 - $58,272; Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program grant to reimburse public safety and public health expenditures related to COVID-19 - $685,759; Justice Assistance Grant to provide funding necessary to support a range of public safety and public health expenditures - $47,550; Building Healthy Places grant from MParks and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; $10,000 for Boise Parkway walking path improvements; $1,500 for COVID-19 related items such has sanitizing stations and social distancing signs for parks; Center for Tech and Civic Life grant to assist with election expenses - $16,645 and a DTE Foundation and Relief Michigan grant to plant 15 trees around the community.