Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
12/17/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to Indiana local government agencies for community development projects in rural areas. Interested applicants are required to submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to help enhance the lives and ensure the safety and health of residents in rural communities. Funds may be used for wastewater improvements, drinking water system improvements, public facilities, and stormwater improvements.
The goal of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) is to encourage communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development.
Rural communities have many pressing needs that require outside financial assistance. Through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana requests federal funds to help rural communities with a variety of projects to include sewer and water systems, community centers, health and safety programs, and many others. Through these funded programs, OCRA helps Indiana rural communities to grow, thrive and prosper.
The following programs are currently accepting applications:
For all programs, the following general activities are eligible for CDBG funding: (This list is not meant to include or to exclude any particular project.)
General types of activities that are eligible for WDW funding:
General types of activities that are eligible for SIP funding:
General Types of activities that are eligible for PFP funding:
GrantWatch ID#: 169249
Wastewater / Drinking Water (WDW) Program:
- The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has established a maximum grant award according to the following matrix.
- Grant amounts for communities with existing systems will be based on the current combined rates at the time of application, and grant amounts for communities constructing new systems will be based on a verified rate study included in a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER).
- Maximum grant amounts are based upon user rate information in accordance with the chart on p. 6 of the Instructions listed in Supporting Documents below.
Stormwater Improvements Program:
- The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has established a maximum grant award of up to $600,000 for the Stormwater Improvements Program (SIP). If OCRA determines that a lesser amount is appropriate, it may be necessary to revise the project before it is submitted in final form.
Public Facilities Program:
- The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has established a maximum grant award of $500,000 for all Public Facility projects. If OCRA determines that a lesser amount is appropriate, it may be necessary to revise the project before it is submitted in final form.
For all 3 programs, the amount of CDBG funds granted will be based on a $5,000 cost per project beneficiary.
The project must be ready to proceed upon grant award and be completed within 18 months after grant award.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application portal: https://indianaegms.force.com/Grants
Contact the assigned OCRA regional community liaison for questions, further information, and eligibility of specific activities/expenses related to these programs: https://www.in.gov/ocra/newsroom/community-liaisons/
Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
One North Capitol, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
A map of community liaison districts can be found at http://www.in.gov/ocra/2330.htm.
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