Rensselaer, Kentland Receives Community Development Grants | News

INDIANAPOLIS – Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that 11 Hoosier communities have received $ 623,320 in planning grants under the Community Development Block Grants program.

These communities will use the funds to develop implementation plans for community and economic development projects.

“Planning grants are a great resource for rural communities,” said Crouch. “With these grants, communities can better prepare for their future needs and plan for developments and investments that will improve the lives of their residents and the community at large. “

Two local communities – the Town of Rensselaer and the Town of Kentland – have received grants to fund comprehensive plans as they seek to improve certain areas. Rensselaer received $ 50,000 and Kentland received $ 45,000.

Comprehensive Planning Grants are designed to help communities assess assets and identify opportunities to meet current needs in the following areas; land use, government capacity, utilities, place creation, economic development, housing, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, broadband access, and historic resources.

Comprehensive Planning Grants were awarded to four other communities, including the Town of Delphi ($ 50,000); the City of Montpellier ($ 50,000); the City of Princeton ($ 50,000); and the City of Speedway ($ 60,000).

The Planning Grants program works to encourage communities to plan for their long-term development with the help of subject matter experts and community input. The applications funded this quarter aim to address broadband, water infrastructure and comprehensive community planning.

“This funding will help communities create a strategic plan to boost their economies, whether through access to clean and functioning water infrastructure, broadband, or other general needs,” said the executive director. from OCRA, Denny Spinner. “I look forward to seeing the plans developed by each recipient and the many benefits these 11 Hoosier communities will reap. “

Broadband readiness plans are designed to help rural communities assess the current conditions, needs and opportunities related to broadband access, deployment and adoption. By completing this plan, communities will be able to make decisions on how to meet their broadband needs by developing a long-term vision so that they can work with broadband providers to make their vision a reality. reality.

A Broadband Readiness Plan grant was awarded to the town of Ladoga for $ 40,000.

Water infrastructure grants allow communities to conduct a holistic study of potential problems and opportunities in their drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. By completing this planning, communities will be able to make decisions about their most urgent water needs while also understanding how each system operates in the context of other utility systems.

Grants for water infrastructure were awarded to four communities:

The Town of Coatesville receives $ 60,000;

The Town of Gosport receives $ 70,000;

The Town of Hartsville receives $ 58,320; and

The City of Milton receives $ 90,000.

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to rural communities to assist local government units in various community projects. Planning Grants are a type of grant offered under OCRA’s CDBG program.

Applications for planning grants are accepted on a quarterly basis. For more information, visit

Norma P. Rex