[r75] Local facilities receive almost $1.4 million in grants (9/6/2012)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Start Date: 9/6/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/6/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM

STATEHOUSE–It was announced by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman that Vanderburgh and Warrick counties and the town of Haubstadt will receive Community Focus Fund (CFF) grants for projects in their communities. State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents portions of both counties and the town of Haubstadt, which will receive $497,000 for a wastewater project, $500,000 for a wastewater project, and $400,000 for a library construction project, respectively.

“I’m very glad that our local water facilities and the Haubstadt library will receive funds to assist in their improvements and expansion,” said Rep. Bacon. “These grants will be a benefit to the communities and all the Hoosiers who use their services.”

These grants are part of the 16th round of CFF grants announced by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, which are funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Thirty-eight Hoosier communities will receive CFF grants, totaling over $16M in community investment.

The grants assist smaller cities and towns in Indiana with their long term development initiatives. The types of projects that were funded by these grant dollars include: sewer upgrades, new fire trucks, libraries and community centers.

“The CFF program provides an opportunity for our rural areas to achieve goals they otherwise may not be able to,” said Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman. “The fruition of the various projects will give each community a boost in a variety of ways from economic development to safety to infrastructure.”

The grants are administered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which also provides technical assistance to community leaders during the 18-month implementation of their CFF projects.

Lt. Governor Skillman will host an awards ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. to honor the grant recipients.

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