Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced four Hoosier communities were awarded $290,000 in Planning Grants through the Community Development Block Grant program.
The communities will use the funds to develop plans to implement community and economic development projects.
The City of Knox was one of three to receive water infrastruture grants. The grant was for $90, 000.
“With aging infrastructures across the United States, water quality is a common issue in many communities ” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “So these planning grants are a great resource for rural communities. With these grants, communities can make necessary investments to better the lives of their residents.”
The Planning Grant program strives to encourage communities to plan for long-term community development with the aid of subject matter experts and community input. The applications funded this quarter will aim to address water infrastructure and public facilities feasibility.
“Each of these four communities is helping to set their city or town up for success by creating and investing in a strategic plan,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “I look forward to seeing these projects continue through the process and the positive impact on each community."
Water Infrastructure grants allow communities to complete a holistic study of potential issues and opportunities across their drinking, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. By completing this planning, communities will be able to make decisions regarding their most urgent water needs, while understanding how each system works in context with other utility systems.