During the Grayville City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 13, Mayor Travis Thompson announced that the City of Grayville has been selected as a finalist for a Community Development Block Grant for Public Infrastructure. Thompson noted, “we have a few more documents to check off then we will officially be a grantee.”

This is a $500,000 grant which the city plans to utilize towards the beginning of waterline replacement, and the city’s match was $120,000, which covered engineering and grant writing fees.

The CBDG program was established by the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and assists Illinois communities that do not receive a Housing and Urban Development direct entitlement allocation. It also provides federal funding for various community-based projects in non-metropolitan areas, like Grayville, which is using the CBDG towards public infrastructure.

According to the Community Development webpage, “local governments that need to improve public infrastructure and eliminate conditions detrimental to public health, safety, and public welfare” can request the grant money in order “to undertake projects designed to alleviate these conditions…”

“It is important the state support public infrastructure improvements as they become the backbone of future growth and economic development”, said Governor JB Pritzker. “This year, DCEO had a forty percent increase in applications for this grant indicating the great need in our communities.”

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