Biden admin stepping up community grants from COVID bill

  • Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, accompanied by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, left, speaks during a press briefing in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

  • Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, accompanied by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, second from right, speaks during a press briefing in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration is beginning to make $3 billion in economic development grants available to communities — a tenfold increase in the program paid for by this year’s COVID-19 relief bill.