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Governor’s office awards $6.7M in community development grants

File photo of Gov. Brad Little. (PHOTO: Catie Clark)

Marc Lutz//May 15, 2024

Sixteen grants totaling $6.7 million will go towards benefiting communities throughout the state.

Gov. Brad Little announced the Community Development Block Grants and Rural Community Investment Fund awards on May 10, stating that the funds will help with improving public infrastructure.

The grants are reviewed and recommended by the state’s economic advisory council and the governor gives the final approval of the recipients. Idaho’s CDBG is issued by Idaho Commerce and funds are derived from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The RCIF aids rural areas with economic expansion and job creation.

“The following CDBG awards will provide much-needed funding for communities across our state,” said Tom Kealey, director of Idaho Commerce.

CDBG awards for 2024 are funding:

  • City of Blackfoot, downtown revitalization: $500,000
  • Blaine County, senior center: $225,000
  • City of Bonners Ferry, wastewater system: $500,000
  • City of Cottonwood, water system: $500,000
  • City of Downey, community center: $225,000
  • City of Grangeville, water system: $500,000
  • City of Hagerman, water system: $500,000
  • Idaho County, water system: $500,000
  • Latah County, wastewater system: $500,000
  • Madison County, fire truck: $500,000
  • City of Orofino, downtown revitalization: $500,000
  • City of Payette, downtown revitalization: $500,000
  • City of Shelley, water system: $500,000

CDBG-CARES projects:

  • Altura, New HVAC for business center: $150,000
  • Wilder Rural Fire Protection District, new ambulance: $250,000

RCIF award for 2024 is funding:

  • Shoshone County, electrical power upgrades: $430,000

“Idaho Commerce is grateful to partner with our communities and support these meaningful projects,” Kealey said.

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