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DENVER, CO - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the State of Colorado will receive an additional $58.2 million to help communities recover from last September's severe storms that produced devastating floods and mudslides. The recovery funds are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of 'unmet need', primarily in Boulder, Weld and Larimer Counties.

HUD previously allocated $262.1 million to assist recovery efforts in Colorado. The funds announced today bring HUD’s total CDBG-DR investment to $320 million.

Grantee

Grant Announced Today

Previous Grants

Total

Colorado

$58,246,000

$262,100,000

$320,346,000

"After visiting Lyons and Evans last year, I promised HUD would remain committed to making sure the state has the resources they need to recover from unprecedented flooding and mudslides,” said Donovan. "This additional money will fund a local vision to rebuild homes and businesses, repair badly damaged roads and bridges, and spur economic development. HUD will continue working with officials in Colorado to rebuild more resilient and better prepared for future storms."

“It has been almost ten months since the flood struck last fall, and our federal partners have provided extraordinary resources to help our state recover,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This third round of funding of CDBG-DR funds will help our communities grow stronger and more resilient as they recover over the long term. Families, businesses and local economies in disaster-impacted communities will never be made whole. But this funding will provide critical support for Colorado’s future.”

"The September 2013 flood and destructive government shutdown left Colorado hobbled. Since then I have been proud to work collaboratively with the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development to ensure Colorado communities have the resources they need to rebuild and protect Coloradans and businesses from future floods," U.S. Senator Mark Udall said. "This latest allocation is welcome news for Colorado and underscores the critical role HUD has played and will continue to play in helping us to rebuild smarter and stronger."

“We knew we’d have a long road to recovery, and we’re making tremendous progress,” Senator Michael Bennet said. “These resources from HUD are particularly critical because they will us help continue to recover in a variety of ways, from repairing homes and businesses, to restoring local infrastructure, supporting the long term economic recovery of these communities, and mitigating future damage. We’ll continue to work with HUD and other federal agencies along with the state to ensure every community has what it needs to recover during this long process.”

A minimum of 80 percent of the funds awarded will be targeted in Boulder, Weld, and Larimer Counties where approximately 2,800 homes incurred major or severe damage.

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, signed into law by President Obama on January 29th, included $16 billion in CDBG-DR funding. The legislation specifies these funds are to be used "for necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas resulting from a major disaster."

HUD’s CDBG-DR grants are intended to confront housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance. Using a combination of data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), HUD identified particular counties in Colorado with the greatest extent of damage to housing, businesses and infrastructure.

HUD will shortly publish a Notice that will regulate the use of the funds announced today. The State of Colorado will then finalize disaster 'action plans' describing how it intends to expend these funds to support disaster recovery and HUD will quickly review them.

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the allocation of more than $31 million to the City of Chicago, Cook County, and DuPage County to help these communities recover from devastating storms, strong winds and flooding.  These grants are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of ‘unmet need.’

The City of Chicago will receive $11 million; Cook County will receive $14.8 million; and DuPage County will receive $5.6 million to support local recovery efforts following powerful storms and flooding that occurred from April 16 through May 5 of 2013. To date, HUD has allocated more than $188 million to support long-term disaster recovery in some of Illinois’ hardest-hit communities:

Grantee

Grants Announced Today

Previous Grants

Total

Chicago

$11,075,000

$52,000,000

$63,075,000

Cook County

$14,816,000

$68,800,000

$83,616,000

DuPage County

$5,626,000

$25,900,000

$31,526,000

State of Illinois

$10,400,000

$10,400,000

TOTAL

$31,517,000

$157,100,000

$188,617,000

“Since Illinois was struck by severe storms last year, HUD has worked closely with local officials to ensure they have the resources they need to help the hardest-hit communities recover,” said Donovan.  “HUD will continue working with state and local leaders as they rebuild homes and businesses to be more resilient and better prepared for future storms.”

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, signed into law by President Obama on January 29th, included $16 billion in CDBG-DR funding. The legislation specifies these funds are to be used "for necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas resulting from a major disaster."

HUD’s CDBG-DR grants are intended to confront housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance. Using a combination of data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), HUD identified particular counties in Colorado with the greatest extent of damage to housing, businesses and infrastructure.

HUD will shortly publish a Notice that will regulate the use of the funds announced today. The grantees will then finalize disaster 'action plans' describing how they intend to expend these funds to support disaster recovery and HUD will quickly review them.

Washington D.C. — In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation today, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. This solicitation represents the next step in the Department’s commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale in the U.S.

“As the President emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is critical that we take an all-of-the above approach to energy in order to cut carbon pollution, help address the effects of climate change and protect our children’s future,” said Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Investments in clean, low-carbon energy also provide an economic opportunity. Through previous loan guarantees and other investments, the Department is already helping launch or jumpstart entire industries in the U.S., from utility-scale wind and solar to nuclear and lower-carbon fossil energy. Today’s announcement will help build on and accelerate that success.”

The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation is intended to support technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market-ready. Within the solicitation, the Department has included a sample list illustrative of potential technologies for consideration. While any project that meets the appropriate requirements is eligible to apply, the Department has identified five key technology areas of interest: advanced grid integration and storage; drop-in biofuels; waste-to-energy; enhancement of existing facilities including micro-hydro or hydro updates to existing non-powered dams; and efficiency improvements.

During the 30-day public comment period, the Department held six public meetings around the country and accepted written comments online.  The solicitation issued today addresses many of those comments and the full public comment record is available online.

With today’s announcement, the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is now accepting applications in three areas, which also include the $8 billion Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitation that was released in December 2013 and the $16 billionAdvanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program.

Currently, the LPO supports a diverse portfolio of more than $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments, supporting more than 30 projects nationwide. The projects that LPO has supported include one of the world’s largest wind farms; several of the world’s largest solar generation and thermal energy storage systems; and more than a dozen new or retooled auto manufacturing plants across the country.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan traveled to Columbus, Ohio today to announce that four communities will receive a combined $119.7 million to redevelop severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing and bring comprehensive neighborhood revitalization to blighted areas. HUD is awarding Choice Neighborhoods Initiativeimplementation grants to stakeholder groups in Columbus, Ohio; Norwalk, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in order to begin the process of transforming, rehabilitating and preserving public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing.

As part of HUD's overall plan for revitalizing neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, Choice Neighborhoods funds are intended to transform distressed public and assisted housing into sustainable, mixed-income housing with connection to key assets and services and to support positive outcomes for families living in the development and in the neighborhood.

"HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative supports local visions for how to transform high-poverty, distressed communities into neighborhoods of opportunity," said Donovan. "By working together, with local and state partners we will show why neighborhoods should always be defined by their potential - not their problems. Together, we will work to ensure that no child's future is determined by their zip code and expand opportunity for all."

HUD received 44 applications for implementation grants. The following applicants will receive a combined total of nearly $120 million in award from the FY13 competition funds (read a complete summary of each grant):

StateAwardee/Co-AwardeeCityAmount
OhioColumbus Metropolitan Housing AuthorityColumbus$29,700,000
ConnecticutHousing Authority of the City of Norwalk/Norwalk Redevelopment AgencyNorwalk$30,000,000
PennsylvaniaCity of Philadelphia, Office of Housing & Community Development/Philadelphia Housing AuthorityPhiladelphia$30,000,000
PennsylvaniaHousing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh/City of PittsburghPittsburgh$30,000,000

Building on the successes of HUD's HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods links housing improvements with a wide variety of public services and neighborhood improvements to create neighborhoods of opportunity.

HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is one of the signature programs of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which supports innovative and inclusive strategies that bring public and private partners together to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. It encourages collaboration between HUD and the Departments of Education, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services to support local solutions for sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets and good schools all families need. Choice Neighborhoods also contributes to the President's Promise Zones initiative, which will revitalize up to 20 of America's highest-poverty communities by creating jobs, attracting private investment, increasing economic activity, expanding educational opportunity, and reducing violent crime.

Congress approved the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative with the passage of HUD's Fiscal Year 2010 budget. Funding is provided through two separate programs - Implementation Grants and Planning Grants. In 2011, HUD awarded its first Choice Implementation grants for Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, a combined $122.27 million investment to bring comprehensive neighborhood revitalization to blighted areas in these cities. With today's announcement, HUD has awarded more than $350 million in Choice Implementation Grants since 2011.

Each year, the federal government gives out over 150 billion dollars in Government funded grant programs to businesses and individuals. These grants are provided to assist businesses in growing and providing jobs, and to help individuals raise funds for education or other personal needs.

Despite the abundance of grant programs available, many businesses and individuals are finding it difficult to locate grants. The system can be very confusing. Luckily, there is progress being made.

The federal government actually has a website, Grants.gov that you can visit and you can search by agency, category, or browse the available grant opportunities. Now, this is a step in the right direction, but as you will see, their site is still hard to use and the search function is well, somehow lacking. Also, this is not a complete list of all grant programs that are available. You will likely need to employ additional research methods to uncover many government grant opportunities.

When researching for Government Grants, one of the best resources for research is the Internet. Try searching for the type of grant that you are hoping to apply for. Try putting the type of grant in quotes - ex. "grants for single mothers", and search with the quotes. This instructs most modern search engines to search for the exact phrase. This will often times narrow down the results to a more manageable size for research.

If this fails you, you may try visiting another government run website, cfda.gov - The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. You may try searching this for related government grant programs. There is a third government run website that may help as well, located at firstgov.gov.

If you still cant find information on the type of grant that you require, there are many commercial products available that maintain private databases of grant opportunities. Usually, this costs money, but the small fee might be worth it
if it saves you time and helps you find the grant that you are searching for.

Once you have found information on the grant that you hope to apply for, it would be a good idea to contact the funding organization and verify the details of the grant. Alot of times, information is out of date and you want to make sure that you have the most recent data before you attempt to apply for a grant. A phone call or letter to the group that funds that grant could save you a great deal of time and aggravation later on if you wind up with out dated information.

There are numerous government grant programs available. Locating them can be tricky, but is often times well worth the effort. With diligent research, you should be able to uncover some good opportunities for federal government grants.

Finding a Grant

There are a lot of ways through which you can find grants for your educational needs. Look specifically for grants that pertain to your profile. And take note of other similar grants.

Aside from government grants there are tens of thousands of other educational grants offered by each state, by private foundations, and other non-profit organizations. A good way to find these grants would be to consult with some local education officials or to log on to the internet, which should help you find a matching organization for your need.

Next you will have to make sure you qualify for the grant you have chosen. The basic qualifications for a person to avail of these grants is that he or she must be a legal citizen of the United States and should also belong to a household that pays taxes. There may be slight alterations to this basic requirement, but that should be the general rule. Up to $25,000 to upgrade your skills as an Employee. US Government Grants for USA Citizens

You should then apply for a FAFSA, or the Free Application for Student Financial Aid. This application will make your eligible for a Pell Grant. The amount this grant offers depends on your current financial situation, your dependents, and other considerations. No matter what amount this grant offers, it should not be taken in stride since every single dollar going towards your education should be worth it.

Getting the grant. Grants are easy to file, yet hard to win. You will need to learn how to produce a convincing, honest, and thorough grant document. The race here is very competitive since there are many that file for these grants and only a few do get their applications approved. Make sure you study the grant specification properly and make sure you are truly qualified for the grant.

Another site you can also have a look at is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance or the CFDA. This has a list of Government grants and assistance. The Catalog also allows you to punch in key words for you to browse through the available grants out there by Category or by Topic Area.

Now that you found the grant perfect for you, you have to really understand what is written on the Eligibility Requirements. Understand these and make sure that you are qualified before you apply for the grant – so as to not waste time.

Another important note on government grants that you must consider is that they are not available all year-round. Just like fruits in the market, you cannot go there and buy it if it is not in season. You cannot apply for a grant just because you feel like it. You can only apply when it has the go signal from the Government agency.

The Government agency comes up with the funding for the grant. Once this is met, it announces to the Federal Register that the grant is available.

One must remember that researching for the right grant, looking for the one that is right for you and applying for it may take a lot of time and effort on your end. The forms are not simply filled up and sent in like how you do with credit card issuers. It does not work that way.

For one, grants are very competitive. Since this is some sort of "free lunch," a lot of people line up for it to be able to have a grant. However, government agencies sift through all these proposals and only approve those they have a gut feeling on who would make the most out of the money they lent them. Up to $25,000 to upgrade your skills as an Employee. US Government Grants for USA Citizens

There are some government agencies that would only provide funds to a specific kind of cost or expenses. Therefore, these government agencies will not be able to fully back the grantee up with the entire expenses.

Another thing is that not all grants are available all year-around. You have to check whether the grant that is right for the business venture, charity event or personal reasons you are interested in is available at that time.

GRANT is not exactly a loan, Attempting to get funds through a orthodox financial institution can be very lengthy and requires loads of paperwork, only to find out that you've been refused. These Government Agencies don't have to work under the same abovesaid requirements that banks do. You work on how much funds you require, as long as it's a legible amount and complies with Government Agencies basis, the fund is yours to keep and you don't have to repay it. This money is interest free and non taxable .None of these plans need a collateral ,co-signers , credit check, security deposits , you can apply even if you have a bad credit or bankruptcy , it doesn't matter, you as a U.S. citizen and tax payer are entitled to these funds.

There are some Government grants that are available for businesses (but not to establish a new business). For the major part, these grants are very specialized. Moreover, many Government grants are not available through the year. That is, you can't apply for most of them at any time you wish -- in practical, you can apply for them only when they are announced by a Government agency. When a government agency makes funds available for a grant, it places an announcement in the Federal Register which is issued every weekday

Anyone planning about going into business for himself, or wishing to enlarge an existing business should head for the world's largest "one-stop-money-hub" where FREE MONEY is being held for you to begin or expand a business by the Federal Government.
It is absolutely amazing that people living right in the United States of America wouldn't know that every year the world's biggest source of free business aids in delivering: Over $29 trillion dollars in low-interest loans and free grants; over one-third billion dollars in obtaining of contracts; and Around $32 billion dollars in research grants FREE consulting.

With a market that remains unpredictable, and a requirement for even greater economic growth on all aspects, the federal government is more interested than it ever has been earlier to give you the money you need to establish your own business and become your own boss!
In spite of the perception that people should not trust the government for aid, the great government give-away programmes have remained so amazingly big that if each of the approximately 9 million businesses applied for an equal share, each would receive over $69,000.
Majority of people never try for FREE government GRANTS since they feel it not meant for them, , or simply don't know who to contact or feel there's too much red-tapism. The fact is, however, that people from all aspects of life do receive GRANTS MONEY free and other help from the government, and you are entitled to it.

While there are still no direct small business grants that can be borrowed from the federal government, many state development agencies offer direct small business grants and other types of financial assistance designed to encourage and help businessmen in starting or expanding a small business.

If you've been searching around for loan information you surely have heard of the Department of Education loans. These loans are the ones that we will be explaining in this article.

The US Department of Education
The US Department of Education concentrates almost all government aid for those who need finance to go to college. This department is known for being extremely precise and strict with its proceedings on loan application.

You'll need to be prepared and have all the information prior to applying for a loan. Otherwise you'll be searching around for forms, and trying to collect all the documentation that you need over and over again.

The Applications
When you want to apply for a Federal Loan, you'll have to fill a form. This form is known as Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (A.ka. FAFSA). Within this forms you'll have to include a lot of personal and family information that's necessary for the department to consider your application and to calculate the amount of money you'll be able to request.

With all this information that will be thoroughly checked, the department will come to know with how much money the applicant's family will be able to contribute to his education and what the total amount of money he will need will be. The difference between these numbers will usually be the sum the applicant will be able to request to the department of education.

Qualification
These loans have specific requirements you'll need to meet in order to get approved.

If you fail to meet any of these requirements you'll provably get declined. However, don't despair as if you contact the department they'll probably help you solve the problem. Following is a list of the most significant requirements:

1) US Citizenship

2) Valid Social Security Number

3) Feasible financial Need

4) Eligibility for Higher Education

5) No Defaults or Bankruptcy in credit report

6) No Convictions

7) High Grade Point Average

Different Options
When it comes to the US Department of Education Aid, there are at least three possibilities that can be taken into account: Federal Grants, Student Loans and Student Work Programs.

Grants are a form of financial aid that doesn't have to be paid back, the requirements for this type of loans focus on financial need and inability to obtain finance through other means.

Usually, grants are processed on a first come – first served basis.

Student Loans have been explained in the above paragraphs and differ only with regular loans in the length of repayment and interest rate charged that tends to be significantly lower.

Student Work Programs imply that the applicant will be working for certain government agencies in order to pay for his education. The job will only take a couple of hours or if a fulltime job, only part of the salary will be deducted towards the payment of college.

Numerous grants from the government are unclaimed every year for various reasons. Many people just don't know these free money from the government is accessible to the public. Some people are discouraged about the application process for grants mostly because they've been given incorrect information on the actions necessary. Another reason people just don't take the time to apply for grant money because they are frightened about what is unknown to them. Because billions are unspent every year resulting from a lack of understanding and knowledge, the following will help you answer a few frequently asked questions.

Can I obtain government grants for debt that is personal? There are many reasons why individuals face debt. irresponsible spending habits rank highly on the list of leading causes of debt. Yes, there are some government grants intended to help people with personal debt.
Are grants from the government meant to be for the general public? You bet. There has been a lot of debate on whether there is free money accessible to the American public. If you are in need of financial aid in the form of housing grants, building a small business, living expenses, college tuition or home improvement, there are probably several different grants from the government available that might be of help to you.

Is it possible to receive free money right away? do not be misled into assuming that the government is able to give out grant money at a moment's notice. That isn't how it works. There is usually an application process that is involved in applying for government funded grants. Depending on the kind of grant you are applying for, the amount of time is going to vary.

Can I obtain more info relating to free gov grants? Most are not educated on the free money that is out there for them. For this specific reason, resources such as books, Internet sites, CDs, and tapes have been designed to aid citizens of the United States discover more tips and information regarding money from the government. There are agencies and specific people that specialize in researching grants for those that are in need of help. Various companies offer guides and resources that will help moderate the time and expenses generally required for the application process for grant programs.

Do I have to repay the grant in the event I'm approved? A grant is different from a loan that has to be paid back. Government grants are free when the funds are utilized for its expected purpose. Government grant money is intended to encourage citizens of the United States to make an absolute effort to advance their well being and community. Education grants are particularly designed to help people advance their lifetime earning potential.

Is it difficult to come by free government money? Because grants have been made known to the American public, more of the argument is about whether or not government grants are easily acquired. The truth is that there is a process for application and a level of commitment that is involved in getting approved for any government grant. It's up to the individual to fill out an application and agree to what is described in each grant program. But, of course, the process that is required is certainly worth it when you consider that the money doesn't have to be paid back.

Why does the US government give away free grant money? The government dispenses billions in free grants every year to aid US citizens with their endeavors to get money to pay bills and to make improvements in their community. As a taxpayer and a United States citizen, the government has allocated funds to work on our behalf.

Taxpayers and Citizens of the United States are eligible for many incentives from the government. It is the individual's responsibility to take advantage of the opportunities afforded them. Knowing is half the battle.