Cook: Cicero receives $403K grant for revitalization efforts

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, October 12, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 12, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Cicero a $403,000 Community Development Block Grant for local projects, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

Cook said Cicero will use this grant for improvements to the city’s downtown business district.

“This funding will be invested in improving and historically preserving the façade of Cicero’s downtown,” Cook said. “Revitalizing these areas help in economic and social development, and Cicero will benefit greatly by investing in this transformation.”  

Cook said more than $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural communities through the program. Local, rural communities applied for these grants across five programs including blight clearance programs, main street revitalization programs, public facilities programs, stormwater improvement programs and wastewater drinking water programs.  

An additional round of block grants is available, with proposals due Dec. 1, 2017, and final applications due Feb. 9, of next year. Visit for more information.


State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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