Wisconsin offers $22 million of public infrastructure grants

MADISON (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers on Monday announced that the state has awarded more than $22 million of community development block grant public facility awards for public infrastructure projects.

The grants are focused on projects — including repairs and improvements to streets, drainage systems, water and sewer systems and sidewalks — in low- to moderate-income communities.

Communities receiving CDBG Public Facility awards in 2021 include: Abbotsford, Algoma, Ashland, Augusta, Boscobel, Clyman, Cobb, Crandon, Dorchester, Gratiot, Gresham, Mason, Mauston, Mondovi, Muscoda, Norwalk, Owen, Pittsville, Prentice, Rib Lake, South Wayne, Spooner, Suring, Viola, and Winter.

“As Wisconsin continues to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, we’re working to connect the dots to ensure every family and every community can continue to rebound and recover,” said Evers. “From Spooner to Cobb to Algoma, the more than $22 million in grants announced today will help make critical infrastructure improvements and support upgrades to essential services while sustaining family-supporting jobs in communities across our state.”

The Department of Administration’s (DOA) Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR) administers Wisconsin’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program.

“Communities of all sizes have struggled for years to make desperately needed repairs to aging roads, water mains, and sewerage systems,” said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. “Making these improvements enables Wisconsin communities to provide better public services and stronger public infrastructure to residents who rely on them daily.”

The CDBG Program is authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and is one of the longest continuously run programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds can be used to address critical and unmet community needs.