INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced today that more than $11 million in federal grant funding is being awarded to 21 rural Hoosier communities.
Here in the Wabash Valley:
The City of Washington is awarded $500,000 for the construction of a PACE child development facility. This project will include construction of a one-story wood framed structure with a brick veneer. Each classroom will have two to three windows and an exit will be installed in the south facing portion of the building. The addition will be attached to the currently existing structure located on the west side of Washington and will be complementary to the existing structure.
The Town of Linton is awarded $600,000 for stormwater system improvements. This project will include new inlets and manholes, new sewers and rehabilitation of existing sewers; ditch rehabilitation and grading, site restoration, driveway and pavement replacement at intersections and utility relocation in select areas.
The Town of Dugger is awarded $550,000 for drinking water infrastructure improvements. This project will install new PVC water mains to replace the existing transit piping, which reduces the costs associated with repairing existing breaks and leaks. The town will also be installing new service connections and water meters for each consumer within the area affected by the new pipe installations.
The Town of Marshall is awarded $120,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will install an additional nine water valves and six new fire hydrants throughout the town.
Below is the press release
“We must continue to provide support for our rural communities if we want to keep Indiana’s economy thriving,” Crouch said. “Through these grants, local governments are able to enhance their quality of life for their citizens and encourage more growth opportunities.”
Applications for round three of the federal Community Development Block Grant Program were due to OCRA on February 9, 2018. The state of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects like: improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.
“The importance of CDBG funding cannot be overstated,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “These grants have an incredibly positive impact on communities across our state by building new community facilities, improving quality of place and providing necessary improvements to local infrastructure.”
Feedback for communities that were not funded will be provided by the CDBG Program Director in the coming weeks.
Golden said that OCRA wants to be a good partner to all rural communities and be a resource on grant applications, and if assistance is needed during any part of the process, please reach out.
The first round of the 2018 CDBG program will begin on April 16 with proposals due on May 25. Final applications are due August 16 at 4 p.m ET.
The goals of the Public Facilities Program are to improve the quality of place, to generate jobs and spur economic revitalization through improving community facilities or historic preservation projects. Eligible community facilities include community centers, daycares, libraries, museums, senior centers and performance spaces.
The Stormwater Improvement Program strives to reduce flooding, to cut stormwater treatment and energy costs, to protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape, and to generate jobs and spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for Stormwater Improvement Program grant funding include stormwater improvements as well as demolition and/or clearance.
The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible Wastewater Drinking Water Program projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.
Funding for OCRA’s five CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs administers the program for the state of Indiana.