Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that 19 rural communities received more than $10.8 million in federal grant funding.
“It is important we are recognizing the impact rural communities have on our economic future. We must continue to ensure they are working to complete much needed projects,” Crouch said. “There are several rounds of federal funding being awarded throughout the state over the course of a year. We are making an impact on how rural Indiana is transforming their quality of place for their residents.”
The state of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant 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.
“These funds will bring valuable, much-needed infrastructure improvements, upgrades and resources needed in our rural communities,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “Residents of rural Indiana will see an impact to their quality of life, health and safety once these projects are completed.”
The first round of the 2019 CDBG program begins on March 25 with proposals due on May 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., ET. Final applications due June 28 at 4:00 p.m., ET.
Among the communities receiving funding:
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.
Decatur County is awarded $441,509 to renovate a building to be a Children’s Advocacy Center. The project will include the acquisition of a building and renovations to create a child-friendly environment for child abuse investigations and victim support services.
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.
Fayette County is awarded $550,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will extend distribution lines, replace an elevated water storage tank and construct an addition to the water treatment plant.
The Town of Glenwood is awarded $600,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will construct a new control building and a new well, along with equipment upgrades.
The Town of Saint Paul is awarded $600,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project includes lift station improvements, replaces or rehabilitates sewer lines, separate combined sewers and improves the current lagoons.
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.