The City of Warren is in the process of applying for $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
Seeking money in 2012 federal fiscal year, the city is wants to use the allocation for two purposes.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb cuts, or "architectural barrier removel," will be the intended use of 70 percent of the funding at a total cost of $193,500.
The remaining money, $82,500, will go towards quarterly payments that the city is required to make on loans from the Streetscape project.
The city can keep a portion of the funding for program administration. In this application, $25,000 has been set aside for that purpose.
City planner David Hildebrand explained that the city will have five years to spend the money.
According to the regulations that guide the CDBG program, laid out by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, seventy percent of the money has to directly benefit low to moderate income individuals and must either eliminate slum and blight or address an urgent threat to public health.
"All indications are that it (the money) will come," Hildebrand told council.
He explained that the the low and moderate income criteria do not apply in consideration of the specific location of the curb cuts.
Council held two mandatory public hearings on the application, which has a deadline of April 27. The first meeting was on March 2 and the second was on Monday night.
During Monday's regular meeting, council approved a resolution authorizing the application.
The application will be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development who, if the application is approved, will then release the funds to the city.