Domino’s Pizza Grants Go Heavy on Asphalt To Repair U.S. Roadways, One Pothole At A Time

The world’s largest pizza company has come up with a new initiative that might seem anything but cheesy to municipalities across the United States.

Domino’s is offering grants to towns to help fill their “cracks, bumps and potholes” and make their roadways smoother. The Michigan-based pizza maker said the program was started to protect carryout orders from roads that are in poor condition and in need of repairs. Grants for roads can be found here.

“We can’t stand by and let your cheese slide to one side, your toppings get untopped or your boxes get flipped,” the initiative, dubbed “Paving for Pizza,” boasts. “So, we’re helping to pave towns across the country to save your pizza from these bad roads.”

Domino’s “Paving for Pizza” grants have already been awarded to Bartonville, Texas; Milford, Dela.; Athens, Ga.; and Burbank, Calif. In Milford, City Manager Eric Norenberg said Dominos grants helped fix 40 potholes in 10 hours. Other towns will be considered for grants based on customer nominations.

Potholes cause millions of dollars in vehicle damage, a large portion of highway deaths and ongoing headaches for motorists and municipalities. But, a good portion of the nation’s major roadways are beyond potholes. They are in such poor condition that many sections of interstates, freeways and major arterial roadways need to be completely rebuilt.

Domino’s is not the first fast food chain to attempt this approach. In 2009, Kentucky Fried Chicken selected five American towns to receive between $3,000 and $5,000 to fix potholes.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, said millions of dollars in grants are available for projects that address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. But, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the U.S. would need to spend $4.5 trillion by 2025 to fix its ailing infrastructure; $2 trillion of that is for roads and streets alone.

The Trump administration has promised nearly $1.5 billion in grants to help rebuild highways, bridges and railroads around the country. However, those proposals are likely to be delayed until after the midterm elections.

In the meantime, Domino's is determined to save a pizza, one pothole at a time.

Municipalities, nonprofits, small businesses, entrepreneurs and concerned citizens frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants to support civic initiatives including infrastructure projects can identify infrastructure grants that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at GrantWatch.com. Sign-up to receive the weekly GrantWatch newsletter which features geographic-specific funding opportunities.

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You Name It: Federal Grants Fund Recovery Efforts From Costly Hurricane Season

Just as Hurricane Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm over the weekend, here comes Chris. The third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season formed off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday, and forecasters warned beach goers of potentially dangerous surf in the days ahead.

From Debby and Nadine to Michael and William, weather experts have already dropped names on this year’s potential storm threats if, and when, they ever form off the Atlantic coast. The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, subtropical storm Alberto, failed to reach hurricane status.

When a community is ravaged by disaster, turn to GrantWatch for long-term grants and YouHelp for immediate funds.

Even though new storm-warning technology has decreased the average error in forecasting models, Alberto still led to several fatalities and an estimated $50 million in damage, primarily in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama. As these states take a collective deep breath, vast swarths of the country continue to focus on efforts to recover from $202.6 billion in damage levied by last year’s hurricane season, the most expensive ever.

In the aftermath, Congress passed several pieces of legislation to provide disaster relief to U.S. states and territories affected by such a devastating season. In September, President Trump signed another $15.25 billion aid package and later committed an additional $36.5 million in relief.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, said identifying federally funded grants and disaster relief programs does not have to be arduous. GrantWatch features an ongoing list of grants that local municipalities and government agencies, small business owners and U.S. citizens can pursue to rebuild homes, repair buildings and restore infrastructure left in the wake of natural disasters.

 

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Hurricane Names for 2018

Hurricane recovery continues long after headlines disappear. Texas, hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey last August, learned only last week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will dispense $5 billion in federal housing grants to help state residents recover. Some $2.3 billion will be directed to Houston and Harris County — the area most affected — while the remaining $2.7 billion will fund land office programs to aid other parts of Texas devastated by the storm 10 months ago.

The largest portion of the grant — just more than $1 billion — will help homeowners with rehabilitation and reconstruction. Another $100 million will reimburse homeowners for up to $50,000 of repairs. The grant also includes $275 million for homeowners to sell their homes to the government.

Although researchers continue to debate whether there will be more or fewer hurricanes this season and thereafter, most believe future storms will be stronger. Hurricanes in the next few years are also expected to be wetter and slower-moving over whatever areas they hit. If these conclusions hold true, communities hit by hurricanes will be at greater risk for coastal flooding.

Municipalities, local government agencies, small businesses, nonprofits, community-based groups, and citizens frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants that provide relief from natural disasters including hurricanes can identify funding opportunities that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at GrantWatch.comSign-up to receive the weekly GrantWatch newsletter which features geographic-specific funding opportunities.

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