In response to the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is infusing the economy with an unprecedented amount of federal stimulus. A significant amount of funding will be made available in grants to municipal governments and agencies. CBJ should make every effort to apply for grant opportunities that would bring funding to Juneau in support of established community priorities. To that end, this ordinance would appropriate $120,000 of general funds for a centralized grant writer position to identify, prioritize, and pursue funding opportunities available to the city.
The Assembly Finance Committee reviewed this request at the September 1, 2021 meeting and directed CBJ staff to draft an appropriating ordinance for introduction. The Systemic Racism Review Committee will review this request at the September 14, 2021 meeting.