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Russell, Lucas Receive Community Development Block Grants

Dept CommerceKansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced Thursday the award of more than $17 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 39 Kansas communities.

A total of $17,486,103 in federal funds is being made available through the CDBG program this year. Communities receiving grants have presented plans for projects to make improvements toward water and wastewater systems, streets, facilities and housing.

"Quality of life is key to economic development," Secretary Toland said. "Each of these investments in critical infrastructure helps keep communities competitive as they work to retain and recruit residents and businesses. Governor Kelly and I are proud to support these projects in rural communities across our state."

CDBG funds are one of Commerce's primary tools in supporting the state's small, predominantly rural communities. Each community awarded has a population less than 50,000.

The CDBG program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their communities. To receive funds, projects must meet at least one of the following federally mandated criteria:

  • The project benefits low- or moderate-income individuals.
  • The project removes or prevents slum or blight conditions.
  • The project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster when local funds are unavailable.

Grants in this category are awarded through an annual competition and support a variety of activities in communities throughout the state of Kansas.

Check Presentation 2-13-20The following local communities are recipients of Community Development Block Grants:

  • The City of Lucas will receive $264,852 in CDBG grant funds to complete a Community Center and Library project. The city will contribute $264,853 which they secured through USDA Rural Development.
  • The City of Russell will receive $600,000 in CDBG grant funds to complete a street project in the city. The city will contribute $992,800 in local city matching funds.

(Pictured: Kansas Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers, State Senator Elaine Bowers and Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland. Information and photo courtesy Kansas Department of Commerce.)

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