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Following approval of more than $83 million in grant awards at Wednesday’s Cook County Board meeting, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that her office expects grant revenue for Fiscal Year 2015 to total more than $220 million. This represents a nearly 36 percent increase over the current fiscal year and is $30 million higher than predicted in June.

“Aggressively, pursuing grant money has allowed us to expand existing services and create innovative new programs that improve the lives of Cook County residents,” Preckwinkle said. “From public  safety to economic development, these grant dollars are making a critical difference. We set the bar high and I am proud to report that we are exceeding expectations.”

The Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a $54.9 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant to provide assistance to targeted areas that have been affected by severe storms and flooding as well as a grant for $27.65 million to assist and enhance homeland security efforts. Cook County receives grant funds from federal, state, and private agencies for a variety of direct and indirect services provided by Cook County under the program areas of economic development, health care, government, finance and administration and public safety.

While noting that every grant serves an important purpose, Preckwinkle lauded several specific programs that have been awarded grants throughout the year.

* Focused on providing support for long-term recovery efforts in areas of suburban Cook County impacted by 2013 flooding, the Department of Planning and Development received a $68.8 million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Program guidelines and activities are under development.

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