Ellington: Daviess County receives $500K grant to improve facilities

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, October 16, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 16, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Daviess County a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for local projects, according to State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington).

Ellington said Daviess County will use this grant for the construction of a pole barn style fire station in Washington Township. The project will consist of the demolition of the existing building and constructing a new building to best suit the needs of the fire department for years to come.

“These grants were designed to improve community facilities,” Ellington said. “The new building will better suit the needs of the Washington Township firefighters and allow for future growth. As a retired firefighter, I know how important it is to have the proper facilities available so the department can better protect the community.”

Ellington said nearly $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural communities through the program. Rural communities applied for these grants across five programs including blight clearance programs, main street revitalization programs, public facilities programs, storm water 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 www.in.gov/ocra for more information.

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Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

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