U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers | E-Newsletter
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U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers

As your Representative to Congress, helping to bring federal dollars back to the 15th District to support the priorities in our community is an important job responsibility.  Recently, several organizations across Central and Southeast Ohio have received a number of grants to further their projects and help make our communities safer, healthier, and more prosperous. 


As a father, I want to ensure the safety of all of our kids as we send them off to school.  That is why I was a supporter and cosponsor of the STOP School Violence Act, which was signed into law in March.  Following its passage, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and I led our colleagues from Ohio in a letter to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to help ensure that our state received grants to prevent school violence before it happens.  Now, Ohio schools are the beneficiaries of nearly $700,000 to provide critical resources for students and teachers to recognize and prevent acts of violence to keep our kids safe. 


In 2016, with my support, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law so that communities across the country can create unique, tailored solutions and successful collaborations to help their neighbors overcome addiction.  Nowhere is that more evident than in Fairfield County. I was proud to assist in securing a $500,000 grant to implement the Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (Project F.O.R.T.).  This is 50 times the amount the County was originally seeking, and will be used help support survivors of non-fatal drug overdoses, and their families.  It is an important collaboration between law enforcement and first responders, recovery specialists, and more, that will truly impact the Fairfield County community for the better and help save lives.

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Time and time again, public-private partnerships have proven to benefit our communities, which is why I am thrilled to have assisted the Voinovich School at Ohio University in securing $750,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to support its Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) program.  By encouraging the use of for-profit business strategies to improve social outcomes, SEE focuses on entrepreneurial and business development, workforce development and preparedness, and critical infrastructure, including broadband access.  It is estimated that this grant will result in service to 32 local communities and $3.8 million in economic growth. 

No matter the problem, we know that there is never a one-size-fits-all solution.  That’s why grants are incredibly important: they give communities in the 15th District the flexibility they need to do what is best for their neighbors.  I’m proud to stand as a resource for organizations, and for more information on available federal grants, click here, or call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049. 
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