Grants Announced for Community Development Projects in Rural Oregon


 

Federally-funded Community Development Block Grants support community enhancement and safety projects in non-metro cities and counties.
 
Business Oregon—the state of Oregon’s economic development agency—announced the third quarter’s allocation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to cities and counties for community enhancements across the state. Ten cities and two counties will receive awards totaling $11,712,681.
 
Cities receiving grants include: Idanha, La Pine, Seneca, Mt. Vernon, Roseburg, Newberg, Veneta, Lebanon, Pendleton, and Independence. Counties receiving grants include: Josephine and Coos.
 
CDBG funding is used to develop livable communities for persons of low and moderate incomes. Projects include: water and wastewater system upgrades where outdated systems are creating health hazards; senior centers providing support and meal access; Head Start facilities; and low-income housing solutions, among other areas.
 
These communities were selected from an established process in accordance to state and federal rules for the program. Business Oregon has awarded all of the department’s available CDBG 2016 funding and will not be accepting applications in a fourth quarter application round. Once the department receives its 2017 allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, applications will again be invited.
 
Visit the CDBG Awards web page to learn about all of the projects receiving funding.
 
Business Oregon, the state’s lead economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
 
City of Pendleton
 
The city of Pendleton is partnering with the cities of Pilot Rock, Adams, and the unincorporated areas of Umatilla County to address the housing repair needs of its low-and moderate-income residents. Funds will be provided to eligible homeowners in the form of grants to provide much-needed repairs such as repairing/replacing electrical wiring, repairing/replacing heating source, repairing/replacing water/sewer lines, dry rot, foundation repairs and weatherization needs as well as addressing handicap accessibility issues (ramps, grab bars, bathroom accessibility). The city will partner with Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation and Community Action Team of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) to implement the program. Total award: $400,000.