The city of Leavenworth will be awarding grants to nonprofit agencies that are providing assistance to local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding for the grants was provided to the city as part of the federal Community Development Block Grant program.
The city of Leavenworth generally receives federal CDBG funding each year. But an additional $201,489 in CDBG recently was awarded to the city as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
City officials plan to use $101,489 of the funding for public service agencies.
City officials will award funds to organizations with the 501(c )3 designation that have seen an increase in services because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Funds from the grants may be used for food purchases and distribution operations, mortgage and rent assistance to Leavenworth residents, utility payments for residents, client services and health services.
Expenditures of the grant funding must be related to an agency’s COVID-19 impact response and must be project specific, according to a news release from the city government.
The funds cannot be used for construction or remodeling efforts.
For an application, contact Mary Dwyer, community development specialist for the city, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the weekend, the Leavenworth County Health Department reported three additional cases of COVID-19 in the county.
All of the new cases are what Health Department officials refer to as “community” cases.
As of 3 p.m. Monday, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Leavenworth County now total 1,103. That number includes 835 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth, according to an update from the Health Department.
Of the remaining 201 community cases, only 14 are considered active. Only 25 of the LCF inmate cases are considered active. All of the people at the Grossman Center who contracted the virus have recovered.
Seven people from Leavenworth County, including four LCF inmates, have died as a result of COVID-19.