Monthly Archives: February 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $3 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funding

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today more than $3 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Dickenson, Scott, York, Lee and Fauquier, as well as the town of Clarksville and the city of Franklin. Projects include water and sewer, downtown revitalization and microenterprise.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Funding from sources like the Community Development Block Grant is vital as we work to build a new Virginia economy.  Through the CDBG program, we are able to provide resources for important economic and community development projects that help create great places for our citizens to live, work and conduct business.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process.  Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.

“The CDBG program continues to help Virginia’s localities make the necessary improvements to stay competitive and thrive in the 21st Century,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “These are the types of tools we need in our toolbox to help our communities, particularly those in rural areas, continue their economic rebound.”

During this year’s competitive cycle for the Community Improvement Fund, 20 proposals were submitted, and 13 projects received the initial funding.  In addition to the Community Improvement Fund, projects were funded under the CDBG Construction Ready Water and Sewer Fund, as well as the CDBG Community Economic Development Fund.  Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from January 1 through the end of September.

2014 CDBG Community Improvement Fund:

Locality Project Name CDBG Award
Dickenson County Centennial Heights/Clinchco Sewer Line Project $300,000
Scott County Big Stoney Creek Water Project $412,500
Town of Clarksville Clarksville Southwest Downtown Community
Phase II (Multi-year funding)
Initial Amount:
$700,000
Total Amount:
$1,237,020
City of Franklin Madison Street Neighborhood Revitalization
(Multi-year funding)
Initial Amount:
$700,000
Total Amount:
$1,233,575
York County Carver Gardens Rehabilitation Project Phase I
(Multi-year funding)
Initial Amount:
$600,000

Total Amount:

$933,690

 

2014 CDBG Construction Ready Water and Sewer Fund:

Locality Project Name CDBG Award
Lee County Baileytown Water Project $100,000

 

2014 CDBG Local Innovation Fund:

Locality Project Name CDBG Award
Fauquier County
(Project area also includes Rappahannock and Culpeper counties)
Northern Piedmont Microenterprise Project $200,000

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces $200,000 Local Innovation Grant for Nelson County

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Local Innovation funding for Nelson County. The Local Innovation Fund provides financial assistance to localities that are implementing small scale, innovative community development projects.  Nelson County will construct approximately eight miles of fiber along the Route 151 corridor to facilitate an increase in broadband availability and improve connectivity to businesses. The project is slated to create 20 new jobs for several of the county’s largest employers.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Providing high-speed, affordable telecommunications is a vital part of rural economic restructuring as we work to build a new Virginia economy.  This infrastructure is critical for attracting and retaining businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”

“Broadband availability is indispensable for the creation of sustainable and competitive communities that enjoy economic growth and a high quality of life,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “This is great news for Nelson County and the Commonwealth as a whole.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Virginia receives up to $17 million annually for this program. The CDBG program is a flexible tool for community improvement in Virginia and can address a wide range of needs, from infrastructure for new or expanding industries, new or improved water and sewer systems in rural areas, rehabilitation of housing in declining neighborhoods, revitalization of commercial districts, support to small businesses and support of facilities for a variety of needed critical community services.  Only eligible units of local government may apply for funding.

 

Locality Project Name CDBG Award
Nelson County Nelson County Local Innovation Grant      $ 200,000