The town of Brookville was one of 21 rural Hoosier communities that will receive more than $12.3 million in federal grant funding. 

"I'm thrilled to kick off the new year by awarding these 21 rural communities with over $12 million in grant funding that will take them to even greater levels," said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. "This funding will support projects that are crucial to their continued economic development efforts, and will ultimately improve the quality of life for residents throughout the community.

The state of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

Brookville was awarded $600,000 for sewer line system improvements. The project will cover the relocation of the gravity sewer on Progress Street and the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plants west clarifier. The work on Progress Street involves demolishing the existing sanitary sewer and installing new PVC lines west of the current line, excavating existing fill soils until native soils are encountered and replacement with soils similar to the native soils to provide stability. The rehabilitation of the west clarifier will involve replacement of the weirs, weir troughs, support brackets and scaffolding rehabilitation.

This is part of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program, whose goals are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements. Other communities receiving funds for this program include Advance, Alexandria, Carlisle, Eaton, Glenwood, Martinsville, Milltown, Newport, Spencer and Washington. 

Chandler, Ligonier and Union City received funding for the Stormwater Improvement Program, which strives to reduce flooding; cut stormwater treatment and energy costs; protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape; and generate jobs to spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for this grant funding include stormwater improvements, as well as demolition and/or clearance.

The Main Street Revitalization Program encourages communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development efforts. Eligible applicants have a designated active Indiana Main Street group in their community, and the project must be a part of the Main Streets overall strategy. Projects include streetscapes, facade renovations and downtown infrastructure rehabilitation. Logansport and Remington received funding for this. 

The goals of the Public Facilities Program is to improve quality of place, generate jobs and spur economic revitalization through improving community facilities or historic preservation projects. Eligible facilities include fire stations, community centers, daycares, libraries, museums, senior centers and performance spaces. Communities receiving funds for these projects were Birdseye, Kentland, Mecca, Randolph County and Wabash County. 

"This was the first round to fully utilize the new Indiana Electronic Grants Management System as announced last year by Lieutenant Governor Crouch," said Jodi Golden, executive director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. "This new system has streamlined the application and funds distribution process, and we are excited for how it will continue to help us improve the quality of life for Hoosiers across the state."

Funding for OCRAs CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the state of Indiana by OCRA.

The first round of the 2020 CDBG program begins Feb. 24, with proposals due April 3 at 4 p.m. ET and final applications due May 22 at 4 p.m. ET.

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