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Ivey awards $18.7 million in grants

Last week, Gov. Kay Ivey awarded $18.7 million in grants across the state.

The funds will reach and improve 58 Alabama communities.

Among the list is the city of Brewton.

The competitive grants are awarded annually in several categories including county, large city, small city and community enhancement. 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.

The funds from the Community Development Block Grant program will enable communities to provide water, improve roads and sewage systems, construct public community buildings and remove blight.

“Community Development Block Grants are vital to Alabama communities wanting to raise living standards and improve living conditions for their residents,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to award these grants, and I commend all those local leaders who, by seeking these grants, show they have their communities at heart.”

In Brewton, a total of $450,000 was awarded to the city. These funds will be utilized to renovate or replace dilapidated sewer lines along multiple streets within the city limits.

“As a former mayor, I know how valuable these grants are to communities and I also realize the time and effort that local leaders, planners and residents invest in obtaining funding,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to have a role in this process that will benefit communities all across Alabama.”