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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: September 15, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $8.8 Million in Community Development Block Grants

~15 projects address key community priorities for health care, water and sewer service, downtown revitalization, public safety, and housing rehabilitation~


ABINGDON – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $8.8 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 15 projects in Virginia. This funding will support projects that improve health care access, water and sewer infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public safety, and housing rehabilitation in localities across the Commonwealth. Governor McAuliffe made the grant announcement at an event at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Center where he joined leaders from seven Southwest Virginia localities to celebrate the important community development projects.

"The CDBG program is an essential resource to assist localities across the Commonwealth with their community development efforts by investing in projects that provide long-term security for low- to moderate-income Virginians," said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the announcement event. “Thanks to our strong working relationship with Virginia localities, we are ensuring that all communities have the basic infrastructure and services necessary for our citizens and businesses to succeed as we continue efforts to bolster the new Virginia economy.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process, and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this program. Most projects benefit low- and moderation-income persons or communities.

“Today’s announcement highlights the work DHCD is doing, in close partnership with localities, to address issues associated with housing, economic development, health, and safety,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “These towns, rural counties, and small cities are identifying and targeting key community needs that, when completed, will bolster vital services and encourage future economic development opportunities. I congratulate the grantees and look forward to seeing the transformative results in each community.”

During this year’s competitive cycle, 32 proposals were submitted by localities, totaling more than $25 million in funding requests. Fifteen projects will receive funding, with four of the projects being multi-year and one receiving a letter of intent. Multi-year funding projects are those that will receive a contract allocating a portion of the funds this year, and after achieving specific performance targets, the project will then be eligible for additional funding. The letter of intent project is worthy of funding, but is missing key components necessary for the project to be immediately implemented, and the grant recommends the locality address the missing components accordingly.

2017 CDBG Awards


Project Name

CDBG Award

Brunswick County

Alvis Road Housing Project


Buchanan County

Swan Fork Waterline Extension


Town of Dillwyn

Town of Dillwyn Housing Rehabilitation Project


Lee County

Frog Level Phase II Water Project


City of Norton

City of Norton Business District Revitalization


Town of Pulaski

Pulaski Business District Revitalization


Rockbridge County

Greenhouse Village Housing Production Project


Town of Warsaw

Warsaw District Revitalization


Washington County

Hidden Valley Water System II


Wise County

Tacoma Sewer Project


Amherst County

Multi-year Funding

Old Town Madison Heights – Phase II


City of Galax

Multi-year Funding

Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization (Phase II)


Sussex County

Multi-year Funding

Pocahontas Neighborhood Improvement Project


York County

Multi-year Funding

Carver Gardens Rehabilitation Project – Phase II


Northampton County

Letter of Intent

Eastville Community Health Center