NORWALK, Conn. – A youth boxing program, a substance abuse education effort and a domestic violence prevention initiative are among the programs seeking money under Norwalk’s Community Development Block Grants initiative.
The city has about $1 million in federal and local funds earmarked for the annual program, which allows local nonprofit organizations and agencies to receive money to pay for capital improvements and efforts designed to help residents and families.
The block grants are administered by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, which divides the program into three goals: supporting efforts to stabilize or reduce housing costs; supporting efforts to stabilize incomes; and supporting efforts to “ameliorate” the impact of the economic recession on families.
Among the other efforts seeking money are a roof project at the Open Door Shelter; a transportation initiative at ElderHouse; and a child development program at Family & Children’s Agency. In all, more than 40 requests were made for funding.
Groups will have an opportunity to make presentations about their requests to the agency and the Planning Committee of the Common Council Tuesday night. The meeting, which is open to the public but not a public hearing, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Norwalk Concert Hall in Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave.