MACON, GA.-- - A unanimous vote from the Bibb Board of Education Thursday night on a grant called the "Promise Neighborhood".
In August, we told you about the $30 million federal education grant through the United Way of Central Georgia. It would provide more support services like additional counselors, nurses, and parent educators for schools in East Macon.
Tammie Collins, with United Way, says she thinks the community will stand behind the grant.
"They're going to want to be ecstatic. They're going to want to be involved. I think we're going to hear a lot of people saying what can I do and how can I stay involved,” says Collins.
She says getting the board’s approval makes them one step closer to getting the grant.
"I mean this is huge to us. The board of education has voted unanimously you know that we can move forward. So to have that kind of faith in our organization is both personally and professionally very significant to me,” says Collins.
The United Way grant application is due to the U.S. Department of Education by September 16th. The U.S. Department of Education may decide on the grant by the end of the year.