WBEZ | federal grant http://www.wbez.org/tags/federal-grant Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Fire Department gets $639,000 grant http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-fire-department-gets-639000-grant-90124 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-04/4512912458_7715b9de07(2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Chicago Fire Department more than $639,000 for fire prevention.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said in announcing the grant that Chicago has the second-largest fire department in the country in terms of individual firefighters.</p><p>The department has nearly 5,000 firefighters and paramedics.&nbsp;</p><p>The money is provided by the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.</p><p>Illinois received 240 awards worth more than $25.4 million in 2009 for equipment, training and vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>Durbin says the program will award about $390 million nationwide for fiscal year 2010.</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-fire-department-gets-639000-grant-90124 Illinois gets $1 million for veteran homelessness http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gets-1-million-veteran-homelessness-89709 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/4787456798_b3af90c792.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two Illinois agencies will get more&nbsp;than $1.1 million in federal grant money to prevent homelessness&nbsp;among military veterans. The grants from the <a href="http://www.va.gov/">U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs</a> will&nbsp;serve about 340 vets and their families who are homeless or don't&nbsp;have a permanent home. An agency called <a href="http://www.thresholds.org/explore-thresholds">Thresholds in Chicago</a> will get $439,722 and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.voa.org/Local-Offices/Volunteers-of-America-of-Illinois">Chicago-based Volunteers of America in Illinois</a> will get $719,400.&nbsp;</p><p>The money is among nearly $60 million the department will award&nbsp;to 85 nonprofit agencies in 40 states and Washington, D.C. The <a href="http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp">Supportive Services for Veteran Families</a> programs provides&nbsp;money to community agencies to help with such services as getting&nbsp;Veterans Administration benefits, and paying rent, utilities or&nbsp;moving costs.</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gets-1-million-veteran-homelessness-89709