The federal money will help buy new equipment, pay for salaries and the rehiring of the group’s grant writer, Cisneros said. “We have all new sound equipment, lighting that makes the show look better. It was held together with duct tape all these years,” he said. The grant is part of Health and Human Services’ annual Human and Health Services Compassion Capital Fund grants program, which awarded a total of $58 million to hundreds of nonprofits around the country. Jeff Brown, director of the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, said the grant gives Phantom Projects even more legitimacy. “It’s terrific anytime you can get grant money,” he said. “It helps with your programming. It helps cover all sorts of costs. It will benefit not only the teens of La Mirada, but all the areas they will be touring.” LA MIRADA – The shows will go on. Nonprofit, teen-related Phantom Projects recently received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency’s largest single gift ever to a nonprofit organization. “We were notified last fall, but we have held off announcing it until the money was in the bank,” said Steve Cisneros, the group’s producing artistic director and founder. “Now we are accelerating the growth that began in 2006, thanks to a near-doubling of support from the city of La Mirada.” This year, Phantom Projects received a $38,300 grant from La Mirada. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!