7 community projects to receive CDBG funds

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 3, 2017) – Seven projects throughout Clermont County, totaling $687,157, have been approved for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Funds for the project will begin to flow in six to nine months, according to Sherri Cmar, Grants Coordinator for Clermont County.

The projects include:

The CDBG program, administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides grants to cities and urban counties to help spur economic development. The grants are primarily targeted toward assisting low-income families and can also help with infrastructure needs.

Each year, communities in Clermont County apply for grants, which are then reviewed and ranked, Cmar said. The Board of County Commissioners then submits the list of projects to HUD for review. HUD then submits the projects to Congress for final approval. Environmental reviews for each project are still needed before the funds are released, Cmar said.

“CDBG funds allow local communities to leverage their dollars and often provide for much needed infrastructure,” said Andy Kuchta, Director of Community and Economic Development. “They are an effective tool for many of our smaller jurisdictions.”