Daily Briefs

‘Black History Month with Zenell Brown’ offered online Feb. 23

As part of its Community Conversations virtual event series, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will present “Black History Month with Zenell Brown” online Thursday, February 23, from noon to 1 p.m. 

Attorney Zenell B. Brown is an author and a champion of justice for all through her DEI efforts and initiatives. She melds her court leadership, crucial conversation, dispute resolution skills, and diversity skills and leads the administrative operations of the Third Circuit Court in Michigan. Her book, “Coffee and Conversations: Inclusion and Belonging,” was published in 2020.

Brown is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, National Association of Women Judges-Michigan Chapter, State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, SBM ADR Section-Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, and Detroit Bar Association.

The WMU-Cooley Community Conversations virtual event series takes a deep-dive into the most important topics impacting society and the world today. To register for “Black History Month with Zenell Brown,” visit https://info. cooley.edu/community-conversations.


Treasury announces grants available for financially distressed cities

Cities, villages and townships experiencing financial struggles can now apply for a grant to help fund special projects and free up tax dollars for important services, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

Applications are now being accepted for the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages, and Townships (FDCVT) grant program. Municipalities interested in applying for an award must submit applications to the state Treasury Department by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

All cities, villages and townships experiencing at least one condition of “probable financial distress” as outlined in the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act are eligible to apply for up to $2 million. A total of $2.5 million in funding is available for Treasury to award through the FDCVT grant program for the 2023 fiscal year.

Grant funding may be used to pay for specific projects or services that move a community toward financial stability. 

Due to requirements outlined under state law, school districts are not eligible for funds from this grant program.

For additional information about the FDCVT grant program or to download an application, go to www.michigan.gov/revenuesharing.

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