Racine will receive at least $6.6 million in federal stimulus money and could receive another $3.8 million, according to the latest figures from city Grants Facilitator Debbi Embry.
Racine has already been awarded three grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $3.251 million. The grants include $534,000 in Community Development Block Grant money, $817,000 to help families in danger of losing their homes and $1.9 million to buy old homes and renovate or demolish them.
The city also received $795,000 from the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency Block Grant program for LED lights and loans to homeowners.
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Racine $2.45 million to purchase buses and install swipe card readers.
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the city $140,000 for a variety of projects including support for the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, Video System Upgrades, Mobile Data Computer Upgrades, Phoenix CAD/RMS Consultant and Phoenix CAD/RMS System Upgrades.
The city is still waiting to hear how much stimulus money its Health Department will receive for immunizations.
Despite being told it will receive the grant, the city has yet to receive a dollar in federal stimulus money, Embry said.
Racine is also applying for several competitive grants for stimulus money. They include:
* $500,000 for a Brownfield Job Training program to train low-income residents how to clean up old industrial sites for redevelopment.
* $813,000 from the Department of Justice to hire three COP officers
* $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency for purchasing six new vehicles and a generator engine in the safety building. All will burn "clean diesel."
* $800,000 for an RCEDC program for job training.
The city's Water and Wastewater Utility submitted four loan applications to cover portions of infrastructure projects.
Four applications are in the works, including $2 million to help build a new fire station, $250,000 to help local nonprofits build capacity to apply for grants and $25,000 for an "Innovative Law Enforcement Program."