ELIZABETH, NJ - Summit is one of 18 Union County municipalities awarded “Senior Focus” grants totaling more than $430,000. The grants are designed to support the well-being, safety and quality of life for senior adults in the County, “Senior Focus” funding may be used for repairs and rehabilitation of senior center facilities or equipment for the centers.

Summit will apply the $25,000 it will receive to the senior lounge project.

“The senior population of Union County is growing, and with ‘Senior Focus’ we demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that local communities have the resources to continue improving their facilities, programs and services for seniors,” said Bruce Bergen, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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The“Senior Focus” grant made available awards of up to $25,000 to each of Union County’s 21 municipalities for capital improvements or equipment purchases to enhance their local senior center facilities. Qualifying centers must be owned by the municipality and used exclusively or primarily as a senior center. Examples of improvements covered under the grant include ADA access improvements, repairs to or replacement the roof, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and site improvements.

In addition to capital projects, examples of acceptable equipment purchases could include computers/printers, stereos and headphones, and PA systems. The grant program was funded through a combination of County Capital and CDBG funds. Other towns receiving grants include Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield and Union.