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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 17, 2006
Dwight Edwards, Community Development Housing Coordinator, 360-709-3003

Deadline Approaches for Community Development Block Grant Applications

OLYMPIA – The deadline is coming up for those who may be interested in applying for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for 2007.  Thurston County is managing the CDBG General Purpose Grant process.  Funds 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 for non-housing rehabilitation activities (projects).  The maximum funding for housing rehabilitation projects is $500,000.  To be eligible for funding, projects must benefit at least 51% of the low and moderate-income households in the target area, 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.

Applicants interested in seeking funding must complete a Request for Proposal application and submit it to Thurston County no later than 5:00 P.M. July 24, 2006.  The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on August 7, 2006 at 6:00 P.M. to hear project presentations and to take public testimony.  The hearing will take place in Room 280, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse.  Projects will be evaluated on the basis of the completeness of applications and readiness to proceed.  Following the hearing, the commissioners may 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 state's CDBG Application Workshop on September 7, 2006.

Those who would like to receive a Request for Proposal Application, or who have questions, should 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