Doug Woodruff

Catoosa County State Court Solicitor-General Doug Woodruff discusses grant funding with the commissioners Nov. 21. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The Catoosa County commissioners recently approved the paperwork for two grants that will soon benefit its Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the State Court's Solicitor-General's Office.

Both grants involve percentages of matching funds from the county, but will help each department during the upcoming year.

Both grants were unanimously approved during the Board of Commissioner's meeting on Nov. 21.

Catoosa County Manager Jim Walker described the EMA grant as one the agency pursues every year.

"It's an annual grant we've done for a number of years, and it comes with a 50-percent match," Walker said. "Our grant award this year is $21,776 at a 50-percent match, which means we'll get $10,888 from the federal government, FEMA, and our local match is $10,888. The amounts change from year to year."

In addition the EMA grant, State Court Solicitor-General Doug Woodruff also sought the commission's approval for a matching fund grant during the meeting.

"We're looking to renew the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant," Woodruff said. "VOCA requires that we provide certain services to victims. We've received renewal of this grant for our office and need approval of the final paperwork."

Woodruff explained that the grant will provide assistance to the office and victims at a 20-percent match from local funds.

"The total amount is $65,759," Woodruff said. "The grant amount is $52,607 with a match of $13,152 from the county. The cash portion of that would be $6,740, with and in-kind of $6,412."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.