Urban Groups Seek US Funds
Federal legislation provides funding for energy conservation and weatherization projects, which could be used for some of the infrastructure improvements. There are also community development block grants, which could be utilized for some of the nonprofits.
"Everyone is trying to figure out how to access these funds in an appropriate way," said Tim Delaney, president of the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington. "This is a common dilemma right now, as people try to learn what this complex package is, what the limitations are, what the possibilities might be."
Jones said he met last month with Simon and Doug Rubin, the governor's chief of staff.
"All they've said is, 'We're going to try to be helpful,' " Jones said. "I can't take that to the bank. I don't think this is on their high order of priorities right now. And I think it has to be."