Local organizations compete for shrinking pot of money

By Jillian Marshall

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM EDT

City of Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local non-profits are asking for help from the federal government. But a common funding source -- like many other programs -- is running out of cash.

Each year, local agencies compete for Community Development Block Grants, or CDBG. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Monday night, the city agency charged with dolling out that money heard the pitches from organizations looking for funds to use between September 2013 through August 2014.

There are three entitlement programs in which the city participates: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).

The CDBG has been helping local organizations for years, but has gotten increasingly smaller each year.

The chairman of the city's Community Development Advisory Committee, Martin Doorey, said in the past year, the amount of the grant has dropped from $2.2 to $1.7 million.

The committee doesn't know how much money they'll receive from the federal government, meaning they won't know how the money will be divided locally.

"The amount of money is decreasing but the needs have stayed constant, and the cost of servicing those needs has increased," Doorey said.

Doorey says he hopes the committee makes final decisions by August.

There will be another public hearing on May 13.