STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2018) — Local communities recently received grants for improvement projects from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty).
Funds are distributed to rural communities through the Community Development Block Grant Program to assist local governments with projects like improving infrastructure, revitalizing communities and long-term development efforts.
Cannelton received a grant of more than $500,000 to improve stormwater systems, address drainage infrastructure in areas that regularly flood and install new drainage tiles.
Marengo received a grant of more than $300,000 to modernize wastewater utilities, which will preserve the health and wellness of the environment and comply with Indiana Department of Environmental Management requirements.
“Making investments in our rural communities can help increase the quality of life for residents, benefit the environment and bring more economic interest to our area,” Bartels said. “The improvements made with these funds will have a lasting impact on the residents of Cannelton and Marengo.”
Bartels said more than $11 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 21 rural communities through the program. Communities applied for grants across five programs that include the Blight Clearance Program, Public Facilities Program, Stormwater Improvement Program, Wastewater Drinking Water Program and Main Street Revitalization Program.
State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
A high resolution photo of Bartels can be downloaded by clicking here.