Block grants help local projects

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced more than $6.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funding. 

In a press release, the governor's office says the money will be spent on 11 projects in Virginia.  According to the press release, since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). 

They say Virginia receives more than $16 million annually for this small cities grant program. The governor's office says CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process.

Most projects benefit low and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.

Some of the money went to projects in Southwest Virginia.  They include:

$400,000  for the Frying Pan Waterline Extension Project in Dickenson County.

$412,176 for the Glade Spring Downtown Development Project.

$1,000,000 for the Stephens Sewer Line Extension in Wise County.

$337,500 for the Hidden Valley Water System in Washington County.

$800,000  for the Hurley Regional Water Project Phase IV in Buchanan County.

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