More stimulus money could be on the way for Alabama organizations and agencies

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - By now most people know at least a little about where federal stimulus money is going--toward transportation projects and education. 

But there's more--more money that is--available to state agencies and organizations.

It's handed out through a competitive grant process where organizations in areas like public safety, human services, and workforce development apply for a piece of the federal pie.

It's something Wendy Morgan didn't know about until now.

"Now that we have this information, we will definitely apply, and that means a lot to us."

Morgan works with the Southeast Alabama Sickle Cell Association and says grant money could mean more jobs and even help sick patients spur the economy.

"We have clients that cannot work or in the hospital for a month or so.  We're able to assist them and help them to pay their bills."

The grants would also help agencies finish projects not fully funded by the state's $3 billion dollar allotment.

The challenge?  State Finance Director Jim Main says is to be creative in your proposal.

"If yours is innovative, is different than the rest of them, if it's a partnership between a city and a county and a state agency, that'll make it different."

With more innovation, Main says the potential for more money in Alabama is unlimited.

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