Boynton Beach officials this week signed off on accepting more than $100,000 in several grants.
The largest grant came from the Attorney General. The office is giving the city $58,619 to pay for one of the city’s two victim advocate employees.
“Victim advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime,” the city says. “Advocates offer victims information, emotional support, and help finding resources and filling out paperwork.”
And the police department will be able to use $29,488 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program in their community outreach video production project, SmartWater CSI crime tool program and their police dog unit.
From December 2013 to February, police have distributed the SmartWater kits to communities, and not one home that has the crime-fighting tool has been burglarized. The tool is in at least 45 communities. It’s a forensically coded liquid that residents and businesses can use to mark valuables.
Also, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is giving the city $50,000 as part of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program. The money will go toward an accessible playground element, and surfacing and shade structures at Barrier Free Park on Congress Avenue.
The city’s library expects to receive about $71,243 in February from State Aid to Public Libraries. And about $32,942 from Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources will help the city build an interactive website containing information on Boynton’s black history.