Grayson awarded $948K in grants

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By Staff Reports

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week more than $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 13 projects in the state, $948,185 of which will go toward two projects in Grayson County.

The two local projects receiving funding are the Nuckolls Curve community, where Grayson received $259,755 for water quality improvement; and the Town of Troutdale, which was awarded $688,430 for a housing rehabilitation project.

“We’re excited about the grant we got,” said Troutdale Mayor Bill Mitchell. “Now the work is going to begin a little sooner than we thought.”

The federally-funded CDBG program is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.

Five of the projects are noted as multi-year funding projects. Multi-year funding projects are those that will receive a contract allocating a portion of the funds this year, and after achieving specific performance targets, the project will then be eligible for additional funding.

Neither of Grayson County’s projects were listed for multi-year funding, but one additional project is receiving a letter of intent, indication the project is worthy of funding but lacks key components necessary for the project to be immediately implemented. This allows the locality to address the missing key component by spring 2015.

“The county is excited about the awards and what these projects will mean to the good folks of the Troutdale and Nuckolls Curve communities,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet. “I would personally like to thank the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, Anderson & Associates, [Deputy County Administrator Mitch] Smith and [Building Official Jimmy] Moss for their assistance in putting together the CDBG application and for their contributions to the Nuckolls Curve project.”

“I would also like to congratulate the Town of Troutdale for their success in putting together a salient application that received this competitive funding,” he added, noting that 11 percent of the state’s overall funding was awarded to the two Grayson County projects.

Wise County was awarded the most funding through the program, receiving $1 million for phase I of a sewer project, and the City of Martinsville received the second-most, with $934,904 to be used for community development.