Surveys by UCDD will be conducted to benefit local communities
By Kim Swindell Wood | December 31, 2015 7:03 am
As the regional catalyst for economic development, the Upper Cumberland Development District is busy assisting local communities throughout the 14 county region as they apply for the 2016 round of Community Development Block Grant funding. Established in 1974 by Title I of the Community Development Act, the CDBG program is used to address critical or unmet community needs. Primarily, CDBG funds are used to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for persons of low and moderate income. In order to determine if a community meets the eligibility requirements, UCDD staff conducts surveys or interviews of local residents and compiles data for the grant application. Over the next few weeks residents may be contacted by telephone or in-person in as information is gathered for the next round of funding.
CDBG funding can be used for a variety of projects including housing rehabilitation, emergency services, fire protection, or water and sewer line improvements. In 2013, more than 2,500 rural communities benefited from these federal funds. Currently in the Upper Cumberland there are CDBG projects underway in many communities including Van Buren County. Last year Van Buren County received CDBG funding to reduce water loss and improve its water system. Earlier this year, the City of Algood wrapped up a housing rehabilitation project. Applications for the 2016 funding round are due the end of February and awards are typically announced in the fall each year.
If you have questions about the CDBG program or the application process, please call (931) 432-4111 and ask to speak with someone from the Economic Development Department.