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City Mission gets $30,000 grant for operating expenses

City Mission of Findlay has been awarded a $30,111 grant, one of 226 given Thursday to charities in Ohio by a Cuyahoga County court from unused funds in a class action settlement.

The funds will help pay for three to five months worth of operating expenses for City Mission’s food program, said Phil Arnold, executive director. Nearly all of the homeless shelter’s food is donated, but City Mission incurs expenses for staff preparing meals and for utilities, he said.

City Mission applied for the funds, Arnold said. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court said charities had to submit to an “extensive application process.”

The court distributed more than $6 million to 226 charities in a ceremony Thursday in Cleveland.

When unclaimed funds remain from a class action settlement, the court has the power to distribute the funds for beneficial use, the court said.

The money comes from a settlement between Ohio and insurance giant American International Group.

AIG paid $9 million to settle a suit alleging that it conspired to eliminate competition in the commercial casualty insurance industry.

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