12/31/10 Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced Thursday that 26 rural communities will receive Community Focus Fund (CFF) grants totaling $13,895,255. The grants are funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. This is the 12th round of CFF grants the Lt. Governor has awarded since 2005.
“These grants fund projects which help rural areas of our state build stronger communities,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “Adequate infrastructure and community facilities are essential to a community’s economic success.”
OCRA provides technical assistance to community leaders during the 18-month implementation of their CFF projects. Local grantee included Fulton County. They received $178,000 for a Historic Preservation project. Melinda Klinger explained the project as restoration that will address major issued of the round barn and Polk House. The barn will have roof work and repairs to the doors along with a bird proofing project. The Polk House, the oldest house north of the Walbash was built in 1832. Restoration will include replacement of the deteriorating beam foundation under the and window work.
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will host a ceremony to honor the awardees at the Statehouse on January 26 at 2 p.m.