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Posted on: January 25, 2010

Fourteen Kansas communities to share more than $3.5 million in CDBG funds

Fourteen Kansas communities will share a total of $3,515,026 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.


“We’re pleased to announce the awarding of these funds to some very deserving Kansas communities,” said Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton. “These grants allow Commerce to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the livelihood of our state.”

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, predominately rural communities.

For more information, contact the Rural Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3004 or ruraldev@kansascommerce.com, or visit KansasCommerce.com.

The recipients of grants are as follows:

City of Anthony $400,000
The project will build a wellness facility, therapy room and ambulance bay, all attached to the Anthony Medical Center. Anthony Medical Center and the Hospital Foundation will match this grant with $800,000.

City of Bronson $300,000
This project will reconstruct 12 street blocks. Other sources and the city will provide $100,000 in matching funds.

City of Cherryvale $120,408
The project will mill and overlay six city blocks, including Main Street. The city is providing $120,409 in matching funds.

City of Courtland $159,142
The project involves the construction of a fire station for the city. The city is matching the grant with $108,000.

City of Derby $92,000
The project will expand the existing senior center. The city will provide $104,000 in matching funds.

City of Erie $207,140
The city will make drainage improvements to eight blocks of streets serving the central business district. The city and the Kansas Department of Transportation are providing $550,285 in matching funds.

City of Larned $400,000
The proposed project consists of installation of various improvements to the city’s electrical system. The city is matching the grant with $1,100,000.

City of Lebanon $397,014
The city will construct a new community building. Other sources are providing $132,339 in matching dollars.

City of McFarland $283,106
The project will upgrade a dry storm detention dam to reduce flooding conditions. Other sources will provide $94,369 in matching funds.

City of Morganville $131,500
The city will improve a primary intersection in town at the junction of Main and Allen Streets. The city and county are providing $105,000 in matching funds.

City of Overbrook $365,172
The project will upgrade 24,360 linear feet of streets throughout the city. The city and county are providing $365,172 in matching funds to the project.

Rawlins County $117,113
The county will purchase a Type II Ambulance/Emergency vehicle to serve Rawlins County Emergency Services Department. The county is providing $63,062 in matching funds.

City of Sedgwick $326,605
This project will consist of demolition of the existing dilapidated senior center and construct a new 4,000 square-foot center. The city and other sources are providing $326,605 in matching funds to the project.

City of Weir $215,826
The project is to replace the storm sewers in several areas within the city. Other sources are providing $215,826 in matching funds for this project.

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