Galveston to receive $600,000 grant for water improvements

SOURCE: News release from State Senator Stacey Donato

The town of Galveston has been awarded $600,000 to improve the community’s wastewater and drinking water program, said State Sen. Stacey Donato (R-Logansport). Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced 24 rural communities across the state will receive more than $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.

Galveston will use the $600,000 grant to improve water pressure, flows and fire protection throughout the service area. The town will also replace more than 3,900 linear feet of eight-inch water mains and more than 2,500 linear feet of six-inch water mains.

“As communities across our district continue to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am grateful Galveston received funding to help with the costs of these projects,” Donato said. “I commend local planners for their foresight in securing this funding and continuing to improve our community.”

This grant was provided through the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which distributes federal funds to rural communities to assist with community projects.

The wastewater and drinking water program aims to protect the environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth.

The second round of the 2020 CDBG program begins Aug. 24, with proposals due Sept. 24 and final applications due Nov. 20. For further information on the program, visit www.in.gov/ocra/3010.htm.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced 24 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.

“By investing in our state’s water infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for regional growth and prosperity,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch. “These grants are supporting projects that are crucial to rural communities’ continual economic development and improving the quality of life for its residents.” 

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“The leadership of these grant recipients embodies strategic planning, hard work and dedication to improving their communities,” said Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of OCRA. “Proper planning is necessary to ensure Hoosier’s quality of life can grow as we are coping through a pandemic.”

The second round of the 2020 CDBG program begins on August 24, 2020, with proposals due on September 24 and final applications due November 20. Additionally, the suspension of the Blight Clearance Program, Main Street Revitalization Program and Public Facilities Program will continue. Therefore, only Wastewater/Drinking Water and Stormwater Improvement Program applications will be accepted for round two.

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/cdbg.htm.