The Hunterdon County Freeholder Board took action September 5 to receive and accept over $865,000 in the next wave of successfully obtained state and federal grant funds for 2017, due to the County for various services, including those mandated by the state.
Freeholder Director John Lanza stated, “These grant funds help the County to deliver services, often mandated by the state, and reduce the amount that must be borne through property taxes. Congratulations are due all round to the Finance Director and all the Departments for successfully navigating what is the maze of the state and federal grant process.”
The grant funds provide monies to partially and, in some cases completely, offset County expenditures for social services including; Family Court services ($95,615), Social Services for the Homeless ($64,422), and the Home Energy Assistance Program, ($1695).
The County’s successful grant submission resulted in a second round of funding for an Area Plan Grant for seniors ($254,240), a block grant for transportation assistance, such as the LINK system, for low income individuals ($16,884), and a Sub regional Transportation Planning program grant ($71,010) from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
The County’s Health Department obtained $269,673 in grant funding for Public Health Emergency
Preparedness (Health Salaries, Epidemiologist, Medical Director and related activities). A grant of $19,791 was obtained to cover the cost of an emergency generator at the County radio tower in Holland Township and a law enforcement grant of $72,000 was received for the Sexual Assault Response Team