AUGUSTA, Maine — Aroostook County is receiving $290,000 from two Community Development Block Grants, Gov. John E. Baldacci announced in a press release Tuesday.
The Office of Community Development presented the 2008 CDBG Special Projects Matching Funds in the amount of $250,000 to Aroostook County. The Northern Maine Development Commission will be the administrative agent of the grant for various Small Business Development Centers to provide training and counseling to micro-enterprise businesses.
A 2008 CDBG Public Service grant in the amount of $40,000 also was awarded to Aroostook County on behalf of the Aroostook Family Investment Center to provide training and education to at least 20 low- to moderate-income people interested in pursuing careers as certified nurse aide medical technicians. The funds will be used to administer the program as well as provide transportation, tuition, books and child care reimbursement to qualified participants. The CDBG funds are being leveraged by an additional $41,000 provided through a HUD ROSS grant and Workforce Investment funding.
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner John Richardson presented the grants to Aroostook County Administrator Doug Beaulieu.
The CDBG program will award approximately $13 million to Maine towns during its 2008 program year.
“The CDBG grant program is an important tool for community development in Maine,” Baldacci said in the release. “The funds help communities compete in a challenging economy, help small businesses grow and help workers train for a new career.”