Blue Springs will receive $490,600, Independence $1.014 million and Jackson County $483,100. Lee’s Summit will get $762,700 in grant funds.

As part of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Independence will receive more than $1 million in federal grant funds, while Blue Springs will receive close to a half million dollars for energy and conservation projects in their respective cities.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Thursday the United States Department of Energy will grant the state of Missouri, as well as 10 counties and 15 other cities in Missouri, a total of $43,779,300 in federal grants for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Blue Springs will receive $490,600, Independence $1.014 million and Jackson County $483,100. Lee’s Summit will get $762,700 in grant funds.

According to DOE, the funds are part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by the ARRA. The funds are formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency nationwide.

In a statement, McCaskill said to ensure prompt distribution and better accountability, funding through the economic recovery package will be allocated to states, county governments and cities through existing federal programs rather than as earmarks. Local projects receive will funds from the grants by following the process set up by each program.

McCaskill added she believes that federal grants and loans are a positive alternative to earmarks, which in the past have been authorized during a secretive process with little accountability. 

“Competitive merit and need-based federal grants and low-interest government loans bring federal assistance to Missouri in an honest and fiscally responsible manner,” McCaskill’s statement read.