ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Dwindling federal dollars and a more competitive application system have some St. Louis area public services without grant money in 2014.
The St. Louis Community Development Administration held a public meeting Thursday afternoon, taking comments on its proposal for which programs get Community Development Block Grants in the coming year.
Community Education, a program that previously received more than $370,000, was left out this year, to the dismay of many who attended the meeting.
“We can’t support and take care or offer the services at the highest level that we offer to those young men and women on our own,” one resident testified.
Agency officials say there was a new bidding process this year which scored agencies based on applications and Community Education simply didn’t make the cut.
“It’s in the nature of not having enough money that not every application scored as high and the Community Ed. application was not selected from a pool of very worthy applications,” Community Development Administration Acting Director Jill Clayborne explained.
The Community Education program offers classes for adults and after-school activities for children. The decision to not fund it is not final. The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen still has to approve the list of programs to be funded and could override the decision.