The federal government has awarded a grant of more than $2 million to the state Division on Aging and Adult Services and two employers for paying older, low-income residents for community service.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will fund 398 part-time jobs through the state division and at Green Thumb Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service.The state will receive about $413,000, and the two national participants in the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program that operate in the state will get more than $1.6 million.

Nationally, workers in the program hold part-time jobs at senior citizen centers, schools or hospitals, in programs for the handicapped, in fire prevention programs and beautification and restoration projects.

They must be at least 55 and have a family income no more than 25 percent above the federal poverty level. If needed, counseling and job training will be provided.