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Posted on: February 9, 2015

$4 million awarded to 15 Kansas cities and counties for community improvement projects

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 15 Kansas communities will share a total of $3,984,134 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The grants will support community improvement projects.

“CDBG funding helps Kansas communities undertake important projects,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “By supporting projects that improve critical infrastructure and the quality of life in our communities, these grants will help grow our state’s economy.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit to low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.

CDBG funds are one of the Department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominantly rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $450 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

The following communities will receive CDBG community improvement grants:

Rooks County, $152,967
The county will purchase two new ambulances with this grant. The city is providing $152,968 in matching funds.

City of Fredonia, $174,643
This project will fund street improvements in the city. The city is providing $174,643 in matching funds.

City of Erie, $240,725
The city will make street improvements with this grant. The city is providing $240,725 in matching funds.

City of Hill City, $400,000
This project will fund street improvements in the city. The city is providing $403,820 in matching funds.

City of Coffeyville, $400,000
This project will fund street improvements in the city. The city is providing $400,000 in matching funds.

City of Pittsburg, $45,454
The city will purchase a fire truck with this grant. Crawford County is matching this grant with $38,953.

City of Osawatomie, $400,000
This project will fund street improvements in the city. The city is providing $852,520 in matching funds.

Republic County, $343,000
This project will support bridge replacement. The county and the Kansas Department of Transportation will provide $1,534,000 in matching funds.

City of South Hutchinson, $241,595
This project will support the construction of a new community center. The city is providing $241,595 in matching funds.

Linn County, $102,150
The county will purchase a fire truck with this grant. The county is matching this grant with $102,150.

Phillips County, $96,900
The county will purchase a fire truck with this grant. The county is matching this grant with $96,900.

City of Ingalls, $386,850
This project will fund street improvements in the city. The city is providing $200,000 in matching funds.

City of Mayetta, $209,850
The city will make street improvements with this grant. The city is providing $91,100 in matching funds.

City of Canton, $400,000
This project will fund street improvements in the city. The city is providing $198,544 in matching funds.

City of Bern, $390,000
The city will make street improvements with this grant. The city is providing $120,000 in matching funds.

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