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Local agencies apply for millions of dollars in grant money

   By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email 

   COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- METRA, Muscogee County Mental Health court, and the Columbus Georgia office of Homeland Security are all hoping to cash in on more than $2 million dollars in Government funding.

     Nearly $2.5 million dollars is on the line, and at tonight's city council meeting various departments and organizations held their hands out with hopes of grabbing cash to strengthen their programs.

    But the city's METRA bus system is slated to get the biggest piece of the pie... Director Saundra Hunter says if the grant is approved nearly 2 million dollars could be coming our way.

    "Eventually we will make the application with the Georgia department of transportation and federal transportation association for the percentage of the funds that they allocate for us from the state and federal government," METRA Director Saundra Hunter said.

The funding from this grant is matched by the city, that's why the plan needed council approval. In addition to the expected funding for METRA, another $200,000 in federal grant money would go towards a justice and mental health program contracted through the New Horizons Community Service Board. $200,000 thousand dollars will be used for explosive device response operations for the Columbus office of homeland security.

For Hunter and the millions that use METRA each year it simply means.

"We will have good safe equipment," Hunter said.

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