Belleville received more than $700,000 through the Community Development Block Grant program that will benefit three non-profit organizations and the township's track and field renovation, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., announced yesterday.
Of the $1,615,328 awarded to non-profits, the 1st Cerebral Palsy Center received the largest stipend given to any of the county's 16 eligible municipalities, getting $200,000 for structural repairs. Clara Maass Medical Center was allotted $60,000 for its Cancer Center's construction, while the Northwest Essex Community Healthcare – which has locations both in Belleville and Montclair – got $83,400.
Meanwhile, renovating the township's track and field located at Belleville High School – something which has been discussed amongst the Municipal Council – will be a bit easier thanks to the $410,000 received through the CDBG's Government Sponsored Projects. Only Orange and West Orange were given more of the $4,083,089 funding allotted under this area, although for multiple projects in their respective municipalities.
Overall, 16 county municipalities and 40 non-profit organizations received more than $5.9 million through the CCBG and Emergency Shelter Grant programs which are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development.