Five Indiana rural communities are receiving a total of $1.5 million in grants through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs' Public Facilities Program. The funds will support efforts ranging from restoring a historic library to purchasing new fire trucks.

June 27, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that five Indiana communities are receiving grants totaling $1.5 million for a variety of projects through the Public Facilities Program managed by her Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Funded by a federal Community Block Grant, this program is available to communities for facilities or equipment that enhance the quality of life in rural communities. Each grant must have a match of local funds.

In announcing the grants, Lt. Governor Ellspermann noted, “Indiana's rural and smaller cities and towns are important to the overall economic and social fabric of our state. Through this specific program and others, we want to help these communities remain attractive places to live, raise families and operate businesses. The leaders of these communities face special challenges, and our staff at the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is dedicated to providing support and assistance.”

The recent grants include:

(Applicant County, Project Description, Grant Request, Total Local Match Total Project Cost)

Peru, City of, Miami County, Renovation of the Carnegie Library originally constructed in 1902, $400,000; $995,042; $1,395,042

Fillmore, Town of, Putnam County, Construction of a fire station for the Fillmore Community Volunteer Fire Department replacing adapted structure purchased in 1958, $400,000; $158,658; $558,658

Macy, Town of, Miami County, Construction of a 3,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose community center, $400,000; $56,273; $456,273

Clifford, Town of, Bartholomew County, New pumper truck for the Clifford Volunteer Fire Department replacing 1989 vehicle, $150,000; $37,537; $187,537

LaGrange, County of, LaGrange County, New fire truck for Lima Civil Township to replace a 1975 tanker truck, $150,000; $79,200; $229,200

Source: Office of Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann

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