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$9 million in federal grants awarded to 14 rural Washington infrastructure projects


Grants range from $285,500 to $1 million for vital community improvements throughout the state


​OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced 14 cities and counties to receive a total of more than $9 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2013. The 14 projects were selected from 34 grant applications requesting more than $23 million. They will improve rural water, sewer and street systems; support affordable housing; and construct food bank, health and senior service facilities.



2013 Washington State Community Development Block Grant Awards
  • City of Colville – $600,000 to construct a new senior center
  • Town of Coulee City – $500,000 for a new water reservoir
  • Town of Creston – $750,000 for a new water reservoir
  • City of Forks – $600,000 to renovate hospital emergency facilities
  • City of Goldendale – $750,000 for street, sidewalk and utility improvements
  • Klickitat County – $750,000 for water system consolidation and improvements
  • Town of LaCrosse – $300,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements
  • City of Leavenworth – $750,000 to extend water and sewer to affordable housing
  • Town of Lind – $503,000 for water system improvements
  • City of Port Angeles - $750,000 for infrastructure improvements for affordable housing
  • City of Tekoa – $285,500 to replace sewer lines
  • City of Toledo – $1,000,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements
  • City of Vader – $716,787 for sewer system improvements
  • Whatcom County – $750,000 to expand regional food bank distribution facility


The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and targets assistance to benefit lower income persons in rural areas. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded more than $457 million in grants to more than 1,250 locally prioritized community development projects. CDBG partners with other state, federal, local and private resources to leverage more than 65 percent of project costs. Funding to provide flexible gap funding for these important community projects continues to be under pressure from federal budget reductions.  Since 2010, the CDBG program has faced a 30 percent reduction.
For more information about CDBG General Purpose Grants, go to
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Local Contacts


City of Colville:  Holly Pannell, 509.684.5094
Town of Coulee City:  Alta Paulsson, 509.632.5331
Town of Creston:  Karen Paulsen, 509.636.3145
City of Forks:  Rod Fleck, 360.374.5412
City of Goldendale:  Larry Bellamy, 509.773.3771
Klickitat County:  Denny Newell, 509.773.2472
Town of LaCrosse:  Larry Burgess, 509.549.3330
City of Leavenworth:  Chantell Steiner, 509.548.5275
Town of Lind:  Jamie Schmunk, 509.677.3241
City of Port Angeles:  Nathan West, 360.417.4751
City of Tekoa:  Kynda Browning, 509.284.3861
City of Toledo:  Michelle Whitten, 360.864.4564
City of Vader:  Jill Nielson, 360.295.3222
Whatcom County:  Jack Louws, 360.676.6717


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Created at 6/13/2013 11:13 AM by System Account
Last modified at 6/13/2013 11:16 AM by System Account