ATLANTA - Seventy-four Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.7 million to fund neighborhood enhancements and job creation efforts, according to a press statement released Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the money to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which supports infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers in needy communities.
Sixty-eight Georgia communities will receive $33.3 million in state funds for neighborhood developments and another 11 communities will receive $4.3 million for redevelopment and economic development projects aimed at creating jobs.
In a statement, Gov. Nathan Deal said “This program allows cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs, maximizing opportunities for citizens and ensuring that Georgia remains a top state for business.”
The CDBG initiative annually awards funds, ranging from $226,944 to $800,000, to be used for projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods, and construction of facilities such as health, youth and senior centers.
Communities are required to complete their projects within two years of receiving the award.