July 10, 2006-Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen announced the awarding of several federal grants to Virgin Islands agencies for programs ranging from assisting small businesses and the elderly to improving the juvenile justice system and homeland security.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development approved a $50,000 grant for the New Image Foundation to provide technical assistance to small businesses.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has also awarded a $75,000 grant to the V.I. Department of Human Services for the Special Programs for the Aging Title IV and Title II discretionary projects within the Senior Medicare Patrol Project. The federal agency also awarded a $7,451 grant to the University of the Virgin Islands to promote diversity among health professions students and practitioners by providing scholarships.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has approved $189,000 for the Virgin Islands Buffer Zone Protection Program for Fiscal Year 2006 to support the implementation of Buffer Zone Plans outside the perimeter of identified critical resource sites. The list of eligible sites is classified for security purposes. And finally the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the V.I. Law Enforcement Commission with a $103,185 grant for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on both the offender and the justice system.
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