Metro-East News

Durbin announces grants for Granite City

Granite City is receiving two federal grants according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office.

The city’s police department is set to receive $23,345 in an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant money for law enforcement efforts in Granite City as well as Alton and Madison County.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program is named in honor of a police officer who was killed while on duty. It is administered by the Department of Justice and is given to local entities to support activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the justice system.

Durbin also announced grant funding for first responders around the state including $148,100 for the Granite City Fire Department.

Money for the grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

“This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation’s firefighters and first-responders have access to the best resources and the equipment necessary to help protect them as they protect us,” Durbin said.