On Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey presented over $6.3 million in Community Development Block Grants to improve the communities of 26 Alabama cities, towns and counties.
These grants are allocated annually through a competitive process based on many components including: the community’s need, cost efficiency of projects and number of low- and moderate-income families affected.
“Lives will be improved today thanks to these projects funded through the Community Development Block Grant program,” insisted Ivey. “People who have been subject to impure water will get clean water to drink, bathe and wash. People who have been maneuvering unsafe roads will soon be traveling smooth streets and the list goes on. I am so thankful for this program and the assistance it provides to communities who may be unable to afford these needed improvements on their own.”
A ceremony at the Capitol announced the first wave of CDBG grants, Ivey plans to reveal another series of the same grants on February 1.
The grants are made possible through funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is responsible for the administration of the allowances.
“As a former mayor, I am aware of how important these grants are to these communities and the impact that they have in improving the quality of life,” asserted Director of ADECA, Kenneth Boswell. “I join with Gov. Ivey in congratulating the towns, cities and counties that have been awarded grants. Those involved in this process are to be commended for their dedication and hard work they have provided for their communities.”
The funds are in several categories of aid including: community enhancement, county, planning and Black Belt.
The Community Development Block Grants awarded, their amounts, and the projects they will fund are as follows:
- Town of Ragland – $28,000 for downtown revitalization plan.
- Town of Pine Hill – $350,000 for water improvements.
- Choctaw County Commission – $350,000 for street improvements.
- Clarke County Commission – $350,000 for street improvements.
- Coosa County Commission – $350,000 for street improvements.
- Covington County Commission – $350,000 for water extension.
- DeKalb County Commission – $256,422 for streets and drainage.
- Geneva County Commission– $350,000 for water extension.
- Jackson County Commission – $275,780 for water extension.
- Lamar County Commission – $222,000 for water extension.
- St. Clair County Commission – $350,000 for street improvements.
- City of Aliceville – $206,272 for fire truck for Volunteer Fire Department.
- Town of Ariton – $249,976 for street improvements.
- City of Ashford – $146,807 for street improvements.
- Town of Chatom – $150,000 for street improvements.
- City of Evergreen – $250,000 for a baseball field.
- Town of Louisville – $250,000 for street improvements.
- Town of Mosses – $149,068 for community park upgrades.
- City of Muscle Shoals – $250,000 for a “miracle field” ball field.
- City of Ozark – $250,000 for a swimming pool.
- City of Sheffield – $132,300 for demolition and clearance.
- Town of Susan Moore – $250,000 for water improvements.
- Town of Taylor – $205,604 for street improvements.
- Town of Thorsby – $250,000 for demolition and clearance.
- Town of Triana – $238,690 for Town Hall rehabilitation.
- City of Wetumpka – $171,000 for demolition and clearance.