One way to provide an enhanced quality of life for all in Fort Wayne is through high-trust partnerships with local social service organizations. Nearly two dozen programs through the non-profit sector in our community are receiving federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) dollars.

Mayor Sharon Tucker made the announcement in late June that approximately $400,000 will be available to help low- and moderate-income residents with shelter, basic needs, employment skills, language translation and interpretation, and youth development.

The announcement was held at the Fort Wayne Urban League, which offers Neighborhood Beautification Grants, senior and family programs, youth readiness training, community navigation, and entrepreneurship programs. CDBG dollars will help support one-on-one tutoring and after-school programming there while offering students a safe and welcoming space.

A complete list of grant recipients can be found here:

The City of Fort Wayne receives CDBG and ESG dollars annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many cities have stopped funding non-profit services because of federal cuts to CDBG allocations over the past decade. Mayor Tucker, however, will continue to commit to these services.

A competitive application process is used to award the grants. A volunteer committee helps score the applications and makes recommendations on funding. Criteria are based on goals for the use of federal funds that are developed in part with input from residents.

By working together we're able to accomplish so much more and impact many lives in a positive way.