Kansas Communities Will Share More Than $13 Million In Community Development Block Grant Funding

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 49 Kansas communities will share a total of $13,049,583 in federal grants for residential handicapped accessibility modifications, micro-loans, park and sidewalk improvements, and the construction of storm shelters through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“The CDBG program provides vital support to rural areas of our state,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “Small and rural communities grow our economy and enhance the quality of life in Kansas, so it is important that we support their needs. CDBG funding helps provide deserving communities with the resources to undertake critical projects.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight, or resolve an urgent need when local resources are not available.

CDBG funds are one of the Department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominantly rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $450 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

The following local communities have been awarded CDBG grants under the special round of CDBG funding:

City of Barnes, $280,000
Barnes will make sidewalk and park improvements. The city will contribute $28,000 in matching funds.

City of Belleville, $350,000
Belleville will make sidewalk and park improvements. The city will contribute $45,000 in matching funds.

City of Clyde, $200,000
Clyde will make sidewalk, playground and park improvements. The city will contribute $40,859 in matching funds.

City of Frankfort, $291,227
Frankfort will construct a new storm shelter and make sidewalk and park improvements. The city will contribute $29,123 in matching funds.

City of Green, $250,000
Green will make sidewalk and park improvements. The city will contribute $25,590 in matching funds.

City of Hiawatha, $318,100
Hiawatha will make park improvements. The city will contribute $31,900 in matching funds.

City of Olsburg, $157,386
Olsburg will make sidewalk and park improvements. The city will contribute $17,347 in matching funds.

For a complete list of communities receiving funding, visit the Kansas Department of Commerce website at http://www.kansascommerce.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1161

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.