Rock Island among recipients of state Commerce grants

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Commerce recently announced nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grants to 21 rural cities and counties. The grants, ranging from $22,000 to $24,000, will fund crucial development plans for new or improved water and wastewater systems, community centers, growth management plans and feasibility studies across the state.

North Central Washington recipients are:

Town of Conconully — $22,800 for community services needs assessment

Town of Mattawa — $24,000 for water system plan

Town of Riverside — $24,000 for community center feasibility plan

City of Rock Island — $23,971 for comprehensive growth management plan

City of Tonasket — $24,000 for storm water system plan

Nearly $583,000 was requested from the competitively-awarded planning-only grants program administered by Commerce. The state program receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide grants to small cities (under 50,000 population) and rural counties (under 200,000 population) for activities that benefit lower income people. Larger cities and counties receive funding directly from HUD.

Since 1982, the state Community Development Block Grant program has awarded more than $445 million for construction of water, sewer, streets and other local infrastructure; community facilities such as health centers and childcare centers; housing rehabilitation projects for low-income households; loans and technical assistance to local micro-enterprises; and the development of plans and studies aimed at enhancing the success of future projects