11/22/2010 05:31 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Park51 Applies for $5M in 9/11 Recovery Money to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero

LOWER MANHATTAN -- The developers of the Park51 Islamic center are seeking federal post-9/11 recovery money to get their project off the ground.

Park51 recently applied for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which has distributed over $2 billion in federal funds since 9/11, sources confirmed to DNAinfo Monday.

The grant would go toward the construction of the $100 million mosque and community center Park51 is planning to build two blocks north of the World Trade Center site. The application was first reported by The Daily Beast.