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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Connie Rivera, Community Housing Program Manager, 360-709-3065

Deadline Approaches for Community Development Block Grant Applications

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is soliciting proposed projects for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for 2010.  CDBG General Purpose Grants are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.  The annual application process for CDBG General Purpose Grants begins in September with applications due to the state January 21, 2010 with awards announced in May 2010.

 A maximum of $1,000,000 in CDBG funding may be available to the county.  To be eligible for funding, projects must principally benefit low-and moderate income persons at or below 80 percent of the county median income, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or meet an urgent need to protect public health and safety.  Eligible community development projects include public facilities, community facilities, housing rehabilitation, infrastructure, and economic development.

Those interested in applying must complete a Request for Proposals application and submit it to Thurston County no later than 5:00 P.M. September 30, 2009.  The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on October 13, 2009 at 5:30 P.M. to hear project presentations and take public testimony.  The hearing will take place in Room 280, Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia .  Projects will be evaluated on the basis of completeness of application and readiness to proceed.  Following the hearing, the commissioners will select one project to sponsor for CDBG funding.  The selected applicant will be invited to prepare a CDBG application, and would be required to attend the CDBG Application Workshop on October 20, 2009.

If you have any questions, please contact Connie Rivera at 360-709-3065 or by email at riverac@co.thurston.wa.us

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3