Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Bent County

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Based on the latest information available to the Governor’s Office. This report is not comprehensive because new Recovery Act awards are announced frequently. This does not include funds - including income tax cuts, increased COBRA benefits, increased funds to cover Medicaid services and others - that cannot be broken down by county. The numbers below represent funds that have been awarded and are expected to be received over the life of the Recovery Act. The funds are distributed to a wide range of groups in the county and do not necessarily touch county government.






$499,574         Community Services Block grant to Bent County for poverty reduction and revitalization of low-income communities. Bent County will provide job training to at-risk high school students in the areas of Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurses Assistant, Auto Body Technician, and Auto Mechanic Technician ($218,400).      




Community Development Block grant for the expansion of the Bent County Medical Facility




$96,894 Extra 13 percent in food stamp benefits to about 800 people in Bent County between April 1- October 31, 2009      


$25,000 USDA grant to Bent County for construction modifications at a nursing home.      






$58,332 Justice Assistance grant to the District Attorney’s Office in the 16th Judicial District. The project consists of the continuation of the 16th Judicial District Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. The task force will continue aggressive enforcement actions to identify, arrest, and prosecute narcotics violators. (Includes Bent, Crowley, and Otero Counties)      






$121,000 Grant to Bent County for the historic restoration through Town Square streetscaping, sidewalks, and landscaping      




Grant to the City of Las Animas for work on the John Rawling Heritage Center








$373,038 Workforce Investment Act Funds for job training to Southeast County Region residents (Includes Bent, Baca, Crowley, Otero, Prowers, and Kiowa Counties)      




Wagner Peyser (WP) & Reemployment Services (RES) to Southeast County Region residents




$374,307 Extra 20 weeks of benefits, through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, for 73 jobless workers (as of June 30, 2010) in Bent County      




Extra $25 per week in unemployment benefits through the Federal Additional Compensation program, for 133 jobless workers (as of June 30, 2010)




66,805 Additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits through a new state law given to 29 jobless workers as of June 30, 2010.      






$172,651 Weatherization funds to be spent for free energy efficiency upgrades in low-income homes in Bent County      


$155,000 Energy Efficiency Conservation Block grant to the Southeast Colorado RC&D for energy efficiency improvements in buildings in Baca, Bent, Kiowa, Prowers, Otero and Crowley counties      


$23,996 Governor's Energy Office grant to John R Rawlings Heritage Center matching grants for energy efficiency retrofits or renewable energy installations on historic properties.      


$575 Rebates for 2 people in Bent County for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances, including dishwashers, refrigerators, furnaces and boilers.      






$28,504 Title I, Part A funds to McClave School District RE 2 for programs at schools with high percentages of low-income students      




Title I, Part A funds to Las Animas School District RE-1 for programs at schools with high percentages of low-income students




$3,047 IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Part B funds for services to disabled students in Bent County      






$4,954 Emergency food grant to to distribute food commodities to households and provides meals for needy people      


$187,000 Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program funds for the Limestone-Graveyard Creeks Watershed Project      


$63,000 National Park Service grant to upgrade maintenance shop electrical system to meet code      


$2,980,000 Department of Defense grant to the John Martin Reservoir for repairs to the dam and roads