Horizon Foundation awards grants to JC organizations
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey announced recently that the Foundation awarded $6.6 million in grants to 125 organizations in 2008.
Among the local grant recipients are:
• Jersey City Museum in Jersey City received a grant of $10,000 to support its Arts Education programs that are offered year-round to underserved children in grades pre-K through 12.Jersey City receives $1.8 million federal justice grant Governor Jon S. Corzine announced on Wednesday that nearly $48 million in justice assistance grants have been allocated to New Jersey for use in law enforcement, prosecution, court programs, and other related efforts as part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Jersey City got the top allocation in the state with $1.8 million.
• Liberty Science Center in Jersey City received a grant of $30,000 to add health components to two of its signature programs: Electronic Field Trips, a videoconferencing program that sends science instruction directly into the classroom, and Partners in Science, a mentoring program that pairs gifted 11th and 12th graders with professional scientists.
• Saint Peter’s College (SPC) in Jersey City received a grant of $10,000 to support its Healthing Along in Jersey City program that uses undergraduate SPC students to educate school children about making healthy lifestyle choices.
The grants are made through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the U.S. Department of Justice. The program allows states and local governments to support activities for crime prevention and control, including law enforcement, prosecution and courts, prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, technology improvement programs, and victim and witness assistance.
The allocation for the state of New Jersey, which will be handled by Attorney General Anne Milgram’s office, is $29.75 million, with approximately $11 million for local entities. The remaining $18 million has been allocated to specific local jurisdictions. Awarding of the funds is contingent on an application by the governmental entity proposing how the funds will be spent. The federal government will issue application guidelines in the near future.
“I urge every eligible municipality and township to apply for this funding as soon as feasible,” Governor Corzine said.”
Mayor Jerramiah Healy commented on the grant, “We anticipate utilizing these Department of Justice funds to maintain the current level of service of public safety. We need every boot on the street when it comes to police officers, and we are grateful to the Obama Administration for recognizing the needs of our city.”
Second Sustainable Cities Conference
M ayor Healy will join Keynote Speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Jersey City’s Second Sustainable Cities Conference on Monday, March 9 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City Blvd. in Jersey City.
The Conference will also feature a panel of regional experts, including Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr., Regional Plan Association Executive Director Tom Wright, New Jersey Sustainable State Institute Director Randall Solomon, and U.S. Green Building Council of New Jersey Executive Director Florence Block.
“Informing the public and working together with both businesses and community members is vital to moving towards a safer and healthier future,” said Mayor Healy.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP at GOGREEN@JCNJ.ORG or by calling (201) 547-4943.
St. Patrick’s Day reading on Frank Hague
The Jersey City Historical Project will hold a St. Patrick’s Day reading on Wednesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. in the Five Corners Branch Library, 678 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
Bob Leach of the Jersey City Historical Project will be reading from his new book, “Young Frank Hague and the Lucky Horseshoe: How a Neighborhood Forged a Political Boss.”
There will be live Irish music and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (201) 547-4543.