Grant program lifts community, school programs

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 7:35 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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Grant program lifts community, school programs

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 7:35 AM EDT

Nonprofit community centers and schools in the Buffalo region have received new federal grants totaling $6.5 million for youth development and academic enrichment programs.

The three-year grants, which begin July 1, come through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, administered through the state Department of Education.

Geared towards creating or expanding community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and youth development opportunities, the grants help students who attend schools with a high percentage of low-income families.

Statewide, 125 grants were awarded valued at $78.1 million.

Locally, 17 grants were awarded in the eight-county Western New York region: Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo - Charter School, $759,891; Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY, $674,771; Buffalo City School District - PS 98 International Prep, $450,967; Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo - PS 43 Lovejoy and PS 91 Build Academy, $437,827; Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, $300,000; The S.E.N.S.E.S Foundation Inc., $300,000; Valley Community Association Inc., $300,000; CAO of Erie County Inc. - PS 37 Futures Academy Buffalo, $262,500; University District Community Development Association Inc., $260,319; CAO of Erie County Inc. - McKinley High School, $240,000.

Also: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns - Our Lady of Black Rock School, $179,993; Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, Riverside, $147,443; Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., Gowanda Central, $375,000; Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, $327,801; Northwest Buffalo Community Learning Center, Focus, $432,951; Northwest Buffalo Community Learning Center, Priority, $657,983; and Olean Bradford Area YMCA, $355,767.

The award recipients were selected from more than 450 proposals through a peer review process, with priority given to programs that serve students in Priority or Focus schools.

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