Contact: Taylor Walker
Idaho Commerce

Governor Little Awards 15 Community Development Grants

BOISE, Idaho (May 7, 2019) – Governor Brad Little announced that 14 Idaho Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards and one Idaho Rural Community Block Grant (RCBG) will be distributed to benefit community development, assist with downtown revitalization and improve senior centers in cities and counties throughout Idaho.

“Idaho Commerce is focused on helping our communities and their citizens improve their local infrastructure and quality of life,” said Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealey. “CDBG and RCBG awards expand opportunities for Idaho communities to succeed and thrive, improving the state’s overall economic health.”

All grant awards are reviewed and recommended by the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) and final approval is granted by the Governor. The cities and counties receiving CDBG awards are:

Public Facilities Awards

  • City of Heyburn – Wastewater System Improvement Project – $500,000
  • City of Osburn – Shoshone County Fire Protection District #2 Emergency Services Facility – $500,000
  • City of Kellogg – Shoshone County Fire Protection District #1 Emergency Services Facility – $500,000
  • City of Gooding – Wastewater System Improvement Project – $500,000
  • City of Athol – Water System Improvement Project – $500,000
  • City of St. Maries – Wastewater System Improvement Project – $500,000
  • Custer County – North Custer County Rural Fire District Fire Station Facility – $500,000
  • City of Mullan – Wastewater System Improvement Project – $500,000
  • Gooding County – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Facility – $500,000

Senior Center Awards

  • Bear Lake County – Senior Center Upgrades Project – $150,000
  • Blaine County – Senior Center Upgrades Project – $142,760

Downtown Revitalization

  • City of Kuna – Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project – $500,000
  • City of McCall – Downtown Lighting Project – $475,300
  • City of Mountain Home – Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project – $500,000

The City of Orofino was awarded a RCBG for a city business park expansion project in the amount of $300,000.

The Idaho CDBG program assists Idaho cities and counties with the development of needed public infrastructure. The program is administered by Idaho Commerce with funds received annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funds are used to construct projects that benefit low and moderate-income persons, help prevent or eliminate slum and blight conditions, or mitigate health and safety threats in local areas.

The RCBG program provides funds to rural areas in support of economic expansion and job creation. Created by the Idaho State Legislature in 2001, this state-funded grant program is a component of the Rural Initiative.

For more information about community grant opportunities, visit the Idaho Commerce community grants page.


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