Lt. Gov. Crouch, OCRA Announce The Town Of Hillsboro To Receive $20,000 In Federal Grants

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Thursday that the town of Hillsboro will receive $20,000 in federal grant funding. The grant will be used to support the town in planning for the construction of a new fire station.

“Community Development Block Grant funds help improve the quality of life in our Hoosier communities,” Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, said. “I am proud of the town of Hillsboro for taking the initiative to better their community and begin the process of building this new fire station.”

The State of Indiana distributes []Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as planning, infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“Congratulations to the town of Hillsboro on earning this grant,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “Planning is a key element in the success of a project, and this is proof of this town’s thoroughness and hard work as they carryout their plans for a new fire station.”

The Planning Grant Program strives to encourage communities to plan for long-term community development with the aid of subject matter experts and community input. The application being funded this quarter address critical infrastructure expansion and improving public safety resources.

The town of Hillsboro will utilize the $20,000 in Planning Grant funds to support a feasibility study relating to the construction of a new fire station for the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department. The study will include gathering public input, evaluating existing facility, assessing current location and alternate sites. The town will also study and analyze data, input and develop the final plan with the cost estimates and scope of work to be completed during the construction phase.

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more information, visit