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McCaskill hosts grant symposium to help cities and organizations secure funding

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Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks at a grant symposium at Harris Stowe University. (Credit: KMOV) Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks at a grant symposium at Harris Stowe University. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Friday local cities and organizations got a chance to learn how to get free government grants for much-needed programs.

It was part of the grant symposium hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill at Harris Stowe University.

There were more than 20 agencies and organizations on hand to help people learn how to get access to government grants based on merit.

Senator McCaskill helped spearhead the effort in order to stop lobbyists getting to decide where funds would go.

“It’s very important to me because I fought earmarks. Earmarks were fairy dust sprinkled in the back room based on who could afford to hire a lobbyist, or what party you were, or what committee you were assigned to,” she said. “It was a process that wasn't based on merit. It was based on who you know and that's not the right way to spend public money.”

McCaskill has hosted similar events across Missouri.

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