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MISSIONU.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, hosted a multi-city grants videoconference on Tuesday in which more than 60 law enforcement personnel gained insightful knowledge of the latest tools and resources available to submit a successful grant application.

Cuellar and representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joined participants at the Cuellar’s district office via videoconference from Washington D.C.

“This month’s grants workshop is all about providing law enforcement personnel with the information they need to bring federal dollars back home so that they may continue to keep our communities safe,” said Cuellar. “Every month, I plan to host a grants workshop tailored to different community groups with the needs of our district in mind.”

Tuesday’s event was part of a monthly series of grants videoconferences that Cuellar said he would host throughout the year to inform constituents about available grants in various sectors such as rural development, education and law enforcement.

At conference, representatives from DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) were on site to present funding opportunities for police departments along with representatives from DOJ’s Office of Justice Juvenile Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) who presented information on how to successfully apply for funding for local programs aimed at guiding and supporting federal juvenile delinquents.

The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women provided information on how to fund programs that strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Lastly, The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also participated in the conference, discussing grants available for programs that reduce the risk of man-made and natural disasters.

The grants videoconference was broadcast at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, at Coastal Bend College in Pleasanton, at Alamo College in Floresville and at the Schertz Civic Center in Schertz.

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