Eighty-two Georgia communities will receive a total of $39.7 million in assistance through grants, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant program. Block grants are awarded by the federal government to a regional government with only general provisions guiding the way they are spent.
Seventy-one Georgia communities will receive almost $35.8 million in block grants for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens.
In addition, $3.9 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program funding was recently awarded to 11 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects.
Awards ranging from $181,414 to $800,000 will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods and construction of health facilities and youth centers, among other initiatives. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of the award.
Here’s a list of the midstate cities and counties that received grants, the project and the amount:
Americus, multi-activity program, $783,731;
Baldwin County, sewer improvements, $500,000;
Barnesville, sewer improvements, $500,000;
Cochran, sewer improvements, $500,000;
Crisp County, sewer improvements, $500,000;
Dodge County, drainage/street improvements, $500,000;
East Dublin, sewer improvements, $500,000;
Forsyth, water improvements, $500,000;
Hawkinsville, water/sewer improvements, $500,000;
Macon County, neighborhood revitalization, $500,000;
Oglethorpe, multi-activity program, $800,000;
Sumter County, multi-activity program, $800,000;
Thomaston, water improvements, $500,000;
Unadilla, sewer improvements, $500,000;
Washington County, health center, $500,000.