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Commissioners Accepting Applications For CDBG Funds

June 29th, 2020

Potter County has been awarded $225,000 in federal funds this year under the decades-old Community Development Block Grant program. This CDBG Entitlement Program is not to be confused with separate funding that has been secured to help Potter County businesses and communities recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

First in a series of public hearings and project development workshops for Entitlement Program applicants was held on Thursday at the Gunzburger Building.

Later this month, Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel will choose recipients based on qualifying criteria provided by the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development. In recent years, bulk of the funds have been awarded to boroughs or townships seeking financial help for large-scale water or sewage treatment projects. To be eligible, projects must meet one or more of three objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate slums or blight; and/or alleviate immediate threats to health and safety.

The commissioners maintain a three-year community development plan to assist them in decisions for each year’s Entitlement Program block grant. Potential applicants can learn more about eligibility criteria and other particulars from Tyler Dombroski at tdombroski@seda-cog.org.

Detailed project summaries are due by July 17. The commissioners are scheduled to select recipients during their 11 am Thursday, July 30, business meeting.

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