CDBG funds awarded to 27 Kansas communities

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 27 Kansas communities will share a total of $9,732,596 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The City of Plainville was awarded $400,000 for a project that will consist of reconstruction of the storm sewer system in several locations within the city. The city is matching this grant with local funds and bonds of $1,585,943.

City of Woodston was awarded $114,150 which will be used to make improvements to the sewer lagoon for proper control of the wastewater. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and city will provide a total of $114,150 in matching funds.

“We are happy to announce the awarding of these funds to some very deserving Kansas communities,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “These grants allow Commerce to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the livelihood of our state.”

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 where local resources are not available to do so.

CDBG funds are one of the Department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominately rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $272 million in CDBG funding over the last decade.

“The Department remains committed to the state’s small, rural communities,” George said. “We recognize the challenges these communities will face in the years ahead, and we are prepared to help our cities and towns meet those challenges.”

For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3004, TTY(Hearing Impaired) at 711, or visit