Community Grant Cuts Affect Non-Profits

Some East Texas non-profits will have to look for new sources of funding. That's because the City of Tyler's Community Development Block Grants have been cut in half.

PATH is one of the agencies that has received the grant money in the past. With funds being threatened, their mentoring program Kid Reach could be cut in half.

The City of Tyler plans on spending some of the block grant money on neighborhood revitalization.

"Some of the CDBG funds will be spent in curbing, gutters, demolition, on rehab projects, reconstruction projects and revitalization projects," says Brenda Johnson, Director Neighborhood Services with the City of Tyler.

"If the reason for the cut in funding to non profits is to put more towards curbs and gutters I think that the priority is in the wrong places. The CDBG funds are the only source of funds that they can use for health and human services so it is the city's way of providing to the community," says Christina Fulson, Executive Director of PATH.

The city has 14 grant applications to review, which represents more than $500,000. That's more than 6 times the available funds. The city will not make a final decision on which agencies get grants, until September.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.