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Federal Grants Announcement - 6.5 Million in Grants

July 26, 2012
Federal Grant Announcements

Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants. This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications. This announcement details about $6.5 MILLION  IN FEDERAL GRANTS coming to the 5th Congressional District.

What is the funding process for federal grants?

There are two basic ways the federal government awards funds, through mandatory funding or discretionary funding.  Members of Congress vote on “authorizing” legislation that funds the mandatory commitments of the federal government for programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and SNAP.  Also every year, levels of discretionary funding are determined during the Congressional appropriations process.  Rep. Lewis and all other members of Congress work to ensure that federal programs which provide key services within their districts are funded at levels requested by local government authorities and constituents they represent.   

The federal grants announced by this release fall mainly in the discretionary category. The money appropriated by Congress is sent to the federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which then disburse it directly to the states and local governments. Sometimes federal agencies issue requests for proposals which place states, cities, and local organizations in competition with others around the country for the opportunity to gain federal support for a local project.  This is where the efficacy of city and state organizations are tested to determine whether they can compete effectively to receive those funds. Rep. Lewis often meets with and advises city, state or local agencies to help them strategize effective methods of engaging the federal agencies throughout the grant process.

Pell Grants, Byrne Justice Assistance, veterans’ services, LIHEAP home heating support, early education, COPS, YouthBuild, Jobs Corps, the CDC, minority health programs, TIGER, critical disease research initiatives, tenant and fair housing assistance all stem from Congressional discretionary funding.  Recent successful discretionary grant efforts from the 5th Congressional District of Georgia include the Atlanta Streetcar, the Multimodal Passenger Terminal, the Atlanta BeltLine, and the UTC. Through his District Office, Rep. Lewis offers grants assistance and workshops to explain the federal grants process.  Please call 404-659-0116 if you are interested in participating in one of these workshops.

Following is the list of the most recently granted federal funds to the 5th Congressional District. If you are seeking more information about any one of these federal grants, please consult the granting information for more details on their selection process. Grants over $500,000 are highlighted.    

Rep. John Lewis sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Transit Authority in May of 2012 asking for FTA funding of MARTA proposals for the repair of its facilities.



U.S. Department of Transportation                                              1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.

Office of the Secretary of Transportation                                    Washington, DC 20590

                                                         NOTICE OF GRANT AWARD

Title:                                                                             FY2012 State of Good Repair Program
DOT Agency Disbursing Funds:                                   Federal Transit Administration
Project Name/Number: 
Award Recipient:                                                          Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
City/Country/State:                                                       Atlanta, GA
Place of Performance:                                                  Atlanta
State Congressional District:                                        5
Entitle Amount:                                                             $0.00
Discretionary Amount:                                                  $6,500,000.00
Total Grant Amount:                                                     $6,500,000.00

Hamilton Bus Facility Improvements Phase II. This project was selected on a competitive basis through the FY 2012 State of Good Repair Program. A completed grant application must be submitted through an FTA Regional office before funds can be awarded. It should also be noted that for the purchase of buses, because it is impossible to determine at this stage where buses purchased will operate within a given transit agency service area, all potentially impacted Congressional Districts are identified.

Atlanta-based MARTA will continue rehabilitation to its Hamilton Blvd. bus maintenance and administrative facility, which serves a fleet of 195 vehicles. This phase of the project includes renovating utilities and power systems, making the facility ADA-compliant, and implementing energy-efficient green-building technologies.