Grants Hit Home for Local Cities/Counties

(AUSTIN) - The Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) today announced it has awarded 156 grants totaling $41,706,589 to rural cities and counties across the state for infrastructure and public facility improvements. The awards are the result of biennial competitions for the Community Development Fund and Community Development Supplemental Fund, which are administered under the agency’s federally funded Texas Community Development Block Grant
Program (Texas CDBG Program).

“These funds provide for the basic necessities that many of us take for
granted,” said Charles S. (Charlie) Stone, ORCA’s Executive Director.
“The monies are vital to rural Texas communities with limited funding options for infrastructure. ORCA’s mission is to assist these communities in the most efficient, cost-effective means possible for the benefit of our fellow Texans, and these federally funded grants help us to help rural communities provide for basic human needs.”

“Texas CDBG Program funds provide essential services, economic
development, and other critical community development components,” added Oralia Cardenas, ORCA’s Community Development Division Director. “The Texas CDBG Program brings together residents, local officials, community development organizations, and community and business leaders in partnerships that benefit local communities.”

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the funding source for ORCA’s Texas CDBG Program, which administers the nation’s largest state Community Development Block Grant Program. The Texas CDBG Program is a flexible, community-based program that provides much-needed resources to eligible rural communities and counties.

For a complete listing of grantees and awarded projects, click here.