For John French, receiving a Community Development Block Grant meant being able to create 30 jobs for local, low-income youth in 2012.
But French, the resident services coordinator for the Chapel Hill Police Department, and other local groups might not get enough funding for their projects in the coming year.
This type of grant — provided by the federal government and allocated by the Chapel Hill Town Council — gives nonprofits, local governments and public agencies the funds they need to create programs to help the community.
Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner for the town, said funding might be a challenge this year due to the economic downturn.
“The funds have been decreasing,” Wooley said. “The federal government is responsible for entitlement programs and these have been decreasing across the board.”
In 2010-11, Chapel Hill received $640,743 to allocate to various organizations in the area. For 2012-13, the town received $410,687, Wooley said.
Each year, between 10 and 15 organizations apply for money. Wooley said the town can usually fund only about half to three-fourths of those.
Wooley hopes to receive the same amount or more in funds for the upcoming year.
“The services are important in our community because they are helping people in need,” Wooley said.