Projects in our region are sharing $2.7 million in recently announced infrastructure funding.
The Washington State Department of Commerce officially announced more than $10.8 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 21 rural cities and counties for 2020.
The 27 projects awarded funding were selected from 37 grant applications requesting $18.5 million.
These projects will improve rural water, sewer, streets, community facilities and fire protection systems; support affordable housing and economic development; and complete community planning throughout the state.
$900,000 of these grants were for the previously announced repair and restoration work to Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam.
In addition to those funds in Grays Harbor, $900,000 will also be coming to Ilwaco for water system improvements, and another $900,000 will be used for wastewater treatment facility improvements in Pe Ell, just outside Pacific County.
These CDBG grants are funding critical projects such as nitrate remediation and water system improvements to improve drinking water quality in Benton County, sewer system improvements to address a Department of Ecology administrative order in Endicott, and a water system plan update to identify infrastructure improvements and support economic development in Newport.
The program is also funding a wide range of activities in addition to traditional infrastructure, including the community facility repair and restoration in Hoquiam, an affordable home repair program in Clarkston, a multi-use pathway in Mattawa, and a regional microenterprise assistance program providing financial and technical assistance for licensed child care in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
2020 Washington State Community Development Block Grant Awards
More information, including total project costs, is available on the Commerce www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg.
The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and targets assistance to benefit lower income populations in rural areas. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD.
Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded over $538 million in grants to nearly 1,550 locally-prioritized community development projects. This state funding leverages another $7.5 million from other state, federal, local and private investment sources toward total project costs.