State Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) recently announced that Gruetli-Laager will receive a major Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant. Bowling made the announcement after receiving information from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) about the award of a $414,880 grant to be used for housing rehabilitation.
“I am very pleased Gruetli-Laager has received this sizable grant,” said Sen. Bowling. “Housing rehabilitation helps improve living conditions for local residents and I congratulate our local officials for a successful grant application.” Gruetli Mayor Kelly Gibbs told of the city’s relief to have been chosen. “The City Council and I were hopeful when we filled out the grant application months ago that the need would speak for itself. We were eagerly awaiting the news of whether or not we would be awarded the grant. Yesterday, we were notified of the wonderful news and we will be happy to help or accommodate our citizens through the application process when the applications come available. We will be sure to publish more updates on how to apply for the grant as we receive more information.¨
The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly. ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known. According to the ECD website, “CDBG “regular round” projects have a quality-of-life objective. TNECD has six categories of funding: water line extensions, sewer line extensions, water system improvements, sewer system improvements, housing rehabilitation and community livability. Community livability projects include anything else that is eligible under the federal legislation. Popular community livability projects include rural fire protection, primary health care, drain-age or street improvements, and other similar projects related to health and safety conditions in the community.”
Additionally, communities that are applying for the CDBG program are only permitted to apply for one project per fiscal year which forces prioritization for local communities. The grant application period is typically due in February of each year.