The Odessa Record -

$2 million in grants awarded

 


(Davenport, WA, September 21, 2016.) The communities of Reardan, Odessa and Sprague received good news from the Washington Department of Commerce last week. All three were awarded Community Development Block Grants for priority infrastructure projects worth a combined $2,062,600. Reardan will receive $719,600 for water system improvements, Odessa will receive $693,000 for water system improvements, and Sprague will receive $650,000 for sewer system improvements.

Two awards, Odessa and Sprague, were made possible because their communities willingly participated in income surveys that helped to determine the level of need in their respective communities. The Lincoln County Economic Development Council and its executive director Margie Hall were instrumental in implementing the income surveys, while the municipal administrations were responsible for submitting the grant applications.

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 22 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants for 2016. The 22 projects were selected from 28 grant applications requesting over $14 million. They will improve rural water, sewer and fire protection systems; support affordable housing; and complete community planning.

"These grants strengthen communities by helping address the diverse needs of rural areas – from priority infrastructure to affordable housing and economic development," said Commerse Director Brian Bonlender. "Commerce works with local government leaders to target strategic investments that will support the goals and aspirations of their communities and the people who live, work and raise families there."

The state grant program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and targets assistance to benefit lower income persons in rural areas. Since 1982, the state program has awarded more than $497 million in grants to over 1,376 locally prioritized development projects. The program partners with other state, federal, local and private resources to leverage over $15 million of project costs. Capital to provide flexible gap funding for these important community projects continues to be under pressure from federal budget reductions. For more detailed information about CDBG, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg.

 

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