Benton Harbor to Share in $2.7-M in Project Grants to Financially Distressed Communities

The City of Benton Harbor is one of 14 communities across the state of Michigan that will share in a pot of more than $2.7-million for infrastructure and public safety projects announced today by the Michigan State Treasury.

State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks has announced a total of $2.7 million is being awarded to 14 municipalities through the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships (FDCVT) Grant Program, including more than a quarter of a million dollars for Benton Harbor.

Benton Harbor’s grant is for public safety enhancement through the replacement of self-contained breathing apparatus for public safety officers and totals $263,973.

Municipalities can participate in the FDCVT Grant Program if they are experiencing one or more conditions indicative of “probable financial stress” as defined in state law. The grants fund specific projects, services or strategies, including infrastructure and public safety enhancements, that move a city, village or township toward financial stability.

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State Treasurer Eubanks says, “I am pleased to announce that this year’s grant awards will help fund infrastructure and public safety projects in Michigan communities,” adding, “These dollars will enhance those critical services that residents depend on every day, and even more so during times of crisis like these.”

For fiscal year 2020, the Michigan Legislature appropriated $2.5 million for the program, with a $200,000 carryover from the previous fiscal year. The FDCVT Grant Program has a $2 million cap per municipality and grants are awarded based on applications submitted by the municipality.

The following communities will receive funding this year, with projects and amounts noted (alphabetical order):

  • City of Allen Park –Public safety enhancement through repair of fire station roof and purchase of integrated police body and in-car cameras totaling $189,194
  • Township of Arthur — Public service enhancement through upgrade of technology equipment and software totaling $44,106
  • City of Benton Harbor –Public safety enhancement through replacement of self-contained breathing apparatus for public safety officers totaling $263,973
  • City of Hamtramck — Public Service enhancement through upgrades of technology infrastructure, equipment, and software totaling $232,124
  • City of Harper Woods — Public service enhancement through infrastructure replacement at the city hall building totaling $202,000
  • City of Harper Woods — Water system enhancement through replacement of water meters totaling $315,135
  • City of Highland Park — Public service enhancement through ADA accessibility infrastructure improvements totaling $75,000
  • City of Inkster — Public safety enhancement through installation of surveillance cameras totaling $145,218
  • City of Ishpeming — Water system enhancement through replacement of water meters totaling $250,000
  • City of Lansing — Public safety enhancement through replacement of fire department equipment totaling $210,000
  • City of Lincoln Park — Public service enhancement through improved backup power source totaling $175,000
  • City of Melvindale — Public safety enhancement through replacement of police equipment and two police vehicles totaling $139,189
  • City of Pinconning — Water system enhancement through replacement of water meters totaling $73,250
  • City of River Rouge — Public safety enhancement through replacement of two police vehicles totaling $76,378
  • City of Wayne — Public service enhancement through upgrades of technology infrastructure totaling $296,756