MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $18.2 million to provide improvements in more than 50 Alabama towns, cities, and counties, according to a press release.

The Community Development Block Grants will enable local governments to provide public water service to households, repair damaged streets and roads, improve sewer systems, drainage, and more. The governor awarded the grants at a ceremony Thursday afternoon in the State Capitol.

“Community Development Block Grants are a means in which local governments can address some of their more pressing needs. I am pleased to award these grants, and I commend those local officials who recognized those needs and took the time and effort to seek an answer through this grant program.”

Governor Kay Ivey

The CDBG program in Alabama is awarded annually on a competitive basis in several categories: small city (population 2,999 or less), large city (population 3,000 or more), county and community enhancement. Additionally, planning grants are awarded to help local governments examine and address needs.

Wiregrass cities that are set to receive these funds include:

Enterprise (Coffee County) – $272,900 to demolish and clear 45 dilapidated buildings throughout the city. 

Midland City (Dale County) – $350,000 to rehabilitate a minimum of 17 houses to provide safe and decent housing for low and moderate-income families. 

Newville (Henry County) – $350,000 to replace water lines along parts of South Broad and Baker streets.

Samson (Geneva County)- $300,000 to renovate a senior citizen center, including a new metal roof, handicap accessibility improvements, and upgrading flooring and foundation. 

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.