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Head Start, Children’s Place to receive grants for safety upgrades

The Children’s Place and Head Start in Concord are two recipients of a new round of federal community development grants announced yesterday.

The city will receive $390,000 on behalf of the two groups as part of $1.84 million given out across the state through the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority. The money, known as Community Development Block Grants, goes to organizations that provide services for low- and moderate-income people.

Head Start will get $190,000 to install sprinklers at its facility on Loudon Road, which is a requirement to allow more children into its programs. No one at Head Start was available for comment yesterday.

The Children’s Place will get $200,000, and will put it toward health and safety upgrades including renovating the bathrooms, replacing roofing and flooring and improving the playground. No one from The Children’s Place was available for comment.

The grants are handed out twice a year, and each time Concord can apply for up to $500,000 in grant money, said Matt Walsh, the city’s assistant for special projects. In Concord, the application process runs through the city. In the past, Concord has received funding for the Boys & Girls Club, the Friendly Kitchen and many other local organizations.

“The city has a long track record with this particular program, a successful track record,” Walsh said.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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