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Houchin: Local communities receive $1.2 million in grant funding

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 13, 2020) – The towns of Birdseye and Milltown, along with 19 other rural communities in Indiana, will receive more than $12.3 million in federal grant funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, said State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem).

Birdseye will receive $500,000 to build a new fire station. This funding will help provide the new fire station with HVAC as well as plumbing and electrical systems. Milltown has been awarded $700,000, which will go toward improving the town’s wastewater systems.

“I am thrilled these two communities have been awarded with a combined $1.2 million,” Houchin said. “I look forward to seeing these improvements in Birdseye and Milltown, which will be made possible by this funding and the hard work of community members. Quality of life, public safety and health are crucial for our rural communities, and I am grateful to Lt. Gov. Crouch’s continued leadership in this area.”

The CDBG program is a partnership of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Funds are awarded to units of local government with various community projects related to downtown revitalization, infrastructure and public facility improvements, and economic development.

The first round of the 2020 CDBG program begins Feb. 24, 2020. For more information on this grant program, contact the assigned community liaison for your region.


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