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Five local communities receive CDBG funding

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CDBG funds are one of the Department's primary tools in supporting the state's small, predominantly rural communities. CDBG funds are one of the Department's primary tools in supporting the state's small, predominantly rural communities.

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 49 Kansas communities will share a total of $13,049,583 in federal grants for residential handicapped accessibility modifications, micro-loans, park and sidewalk improvements, and the construction of storm shelters through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

"The CDBG program provides vital support to rural areas of our state," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. "Small and rural communities grow our economy and enhance the quality of life in Kansas, so it is important that we support their needs. CDBG funding helps provide deserving communities with the resources to undertake critical projects."

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight, or resolve an urgent need when local resources are not available.

CDBG funds are one of the Department's primary tools in supporting the state's small, predominantly rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $450 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants under the special round of CDBG funding:

City of Cherryvale, $350,000
Cherryvale will make sidewalk improvements. The city will contribute $50,000 in matching funds.

City of Chetopa, $347,800
Chetopa will construct two storm shelters. The city will contribute $34,800 in matching funds.

City of Fort Scott, $221,400
Fort Scott will make sidewalk improvements. The city will contribute $26,990 in matching funds.

City of Mound Valley, $305,913
Mound Valley will construct a storm shelter and purchase playground equipment. The city will contribute $33,990 in matching funds.

City of Parsons, $309,651
Parsons will make playground and park improvements. The city will contribute $34,406 in matching funds.

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