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Will teamwork bring funds?


Towns work together to apply for grants


January 13, 2010
WALES — In a time of economic turmoil, financial assistance can be the key in tackling any number of major projects around the home.

Officials in Wales, Brimfield and Holland are teaming up to collectively apply for a Community Development Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Wales Senior Center on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to discuss what the grant funds, if awarded, can be used for, and the criteria to be met by individual residents applying for a portion of the grant to fund home improvement projects.

"The more people that come to that hearing, the better our chances are of obtaining the grant," explained Chairman of the Holland Board of Selectmen James Wettlaufer.

Wettlaufer explained a sign-in sheet will be circulated at the hearing, which will later be submitted as part of the grant application. A large turnout reflects heavy community interest and involvement, and will subsequently have a positive impact on three towns' chances of receiving funds.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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