(Boston, MA) -- The federal government is cutting an eight-point-four million dollar check to help victims and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Justice Department announced today the funding will be in the form of a grant. Attorney General Eric Holder said the money "will provide critical support to many who were affected by last year's terrorist attack." The funding will go to groups working with the 264 people hurt in the April 15th bombing, as well as others affected by the blasts. Three people died in the worst attack on American soil since 9-11.