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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 18, 2008
Dwight Edwards, Community Development Housing Coordinator, 360-709-3003

Deadline Approaches for Community Development Block Grant Applications

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is soliciting proposed projects for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for 2009.  CDBG General Purpose Grants are provided through the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED).  The next grant cycle for funding begins in September with applications due to CTED in November.

 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, infrastructure, and economic development.

Those interested in applying must complete a Request for Proposal application and submit it to Thurston County no later than 4:30 P.M. August 18, 2008.  The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on August 26, 2008 at 6:00 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.  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 September 4, 2008.

If you have any questions, please contact Dwight Edwards at 709-3003 or by email at edwardd@co.thurston.wa.us

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3