The Washington State Department of Commerce is awarding more than $10.5 million to 25 rural cities and counties to help fund local projects including improvements to water and sewer systems, streets and community facilities, and to support affordable housing and community planning.

“Partnering with local governments to create infrastructure is essential to our mission of strengthening communities,” stated commerce director Lisa Brown. “The grants we are announcing today will result in cleaner water, safer streets, and ultimately, a higher quality of life in towns, cities, and counties across Washington state.”

Recipients of the 2019 Washington state Community Development Block Grants are:

  • City of Bridgeport — $251,188 for fire protection equipment and $24,000 for a revitalization plan
  • City of College Place — $464,530 for sidewalk and street improvements
  • City of Colville — $24,000 for a comprehensive plan update
  • Town of Concrete — $550,000 for new reservoir construction
  • Ferry County — $310,000 for water system improvements
  • City of George — $20,000 to develop a new sewer use ordinance
  • City of Grand Coulee — $24,000 for a wastewater facility plan
  • Town of Hamilton — $24,000 for a wastewater feasibility study
  • City of Kahlotus — $680,000 for well and water distribution improvements
  • Lewis County — $750,000 for fire and emergency facility, and $24,000 for Vader water system condition assessment
  • Town of Lind — $750,000 for water system improvements
  • City of Mabton — $750,000 for drilling and equipping a water supply well
  • Town of Metaline Falls — $735,000 for water distribution improvements
  • Town of Nespelem — $24,000 for an asset management plan
  • City of Okanogan — $24,000 for a levee restoration alternatives report
  • Okanogan County — $194,671 for sewer connection to the Oroville Harvest Shelter, and $24,000 for a housing needs assessment
  • City of Omak — $458,173 for storm water system improvements
  • City of Raymond — $750,000 for a new Willapa Center community facility
  • City of Ritzville — $624,790 for sewer system improvements and $24,000 for a sewer collection preliminary design report
  • City of South Bend — $750,000 for water treatment plant improvements
  • City of Vader — $750,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements
  • City of Westport — $750,000 for sewer system improvements
  • City of Winlock — $750,000 for water distribution system improvements

Thumbnail photo by Sergio Souza on Unsplash