MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has created a grant to award $2.3 million to low-income residents in Alabama to help them find employment and improve their quality of life.

The Community Services Block Grants will help 20 community action agencies throughout the state, the Montgomery Advertiser reported . The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs are administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Community Action Agencies provide important services help to low-income residents as they work to create a more stable foundation for a successful life," Ivey said. "I commend these agencies for their goal of reducing and eliminating poverty by helping families in need, and I am pleased that these grant funds will support projects and programs to help reach that goal."

Alabama's community action agencies scored in the top 25 percent of all community action agencies in the United States, according to a study to measure customer satisfaction for the Community Services Block Grant program.

The Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity was rewarded the most with $295,190.

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Other groups receiving awards include:

— Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone): $141,849

— Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Tuscaloosa, Sumter): $222,625

— Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. (Walker): $36,790

— Pickens County Community Action Committee Inc. (Pickens): $15,766

— Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes, Pike): $108,330

— Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale): $89,785

— Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, St. Clair): $181,922

— Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Morgan): $104,223

— Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile, Washington): $238,286

— Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion, Winston): $30,441

— Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. (Macon, Russell): $50,400

— Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc. (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston): $111,257

— Etowah County Community Services Program Inc. (Etowah): $51,009

— Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee Inc. (Chilton, Shelby, Autauga, Elmore): $106,685

— Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa): $47,201

— Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, Wilcox): $166,847

— Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee): $74,031

— Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, Talladega): $137,141.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com