Lee County Receives Community Development Block Grants

Community Development Block Grants or CDBG funding in the amount of $10.9 million has been awarded to Buchanan, Dickenson, Halifax, Lee, Northumberland and Washington Counties, along with the City of Salem, and the towns of Blackstone, Marion, Pocahontas and Smithfield among them. The recipients will receive funding to be used for water and sewer, downtown revitalization, and housing rehabilitation projects.
Lee County received $375,000 for the Giles Hollow Water Project Phase 1. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam stated, “Community Development Block Grants are a key resource to help communities fund economic and community development projects that address their local needs and help build the Virginia economy. With these grants, we can assist localities to make improvements to create vibrant spaces for all Virginia citizens to live and do business.”
The federally funded CDBG program grants Virginia roughly $18.5 million each year. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and this year’s cycle had 21 proposals submitted with 12 projects receiving funding initially. Projects generally benefit low and moderate income residents, with many of them targeted towards the elimination of slums. Funds are distributed on a first come first serve basis from January 1st though September 30th.
Lee County received $256,308 for the Fields Waterline Replacement Project. The Construction Ready Water and Sewer fund provides much needed assistance to projects that provide public water and/or sewer services to communities that consist of 60% or more low to moderate income households.

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