Pendleton Awarded $500,000 from OCRA

Pendleton Awarded $500,000 from OCRA

Lt. Governor Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs Award Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Grant Funding to 31 Communities

October 12, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced today over $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural Hoosier communities across 5 programs.

Applications for Round 2 of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) were due to OCRA on September 1, 2017. The State of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities in an effort to ensure health and safety, and to improve the quality of life of citizens.

“As Indiana’s Secretary of Rural Development, I’m excited that we’re awarding $15 million to 31 rural communities across Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “These Community Development Block Grants will spur economic revitalization and community development, promote health and well-being, and help cities, towns and counties improve their quality of place and residents’ quality of life.”

The Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP) encourages communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development efforts. Eligible applicants had a designated active Indiana Main Street group in their community and the project must be a part of the Main Street’s overall strategy. MSRP projects include streetscapes, façade renovations, and downtown infrastructure rehabilitation.

Projects receiving Main Street Revitalization Program grant funding:

Cicero, Town of $403,000
Pendleton, Town of $500,000
Vincennes, City of $500,000
TOTAL FUNDING: $1,403,000

The Town of Cicero
has been awarded $403,000 for façade improvements to the City’s downtown business district. The project will historically preserve the downtown commercial district creating a vibrant downtown area.

The Town of Pendleton has been awarded $500,000 for façade improvements for five buildings, wayfinding signage and the installation of speakers and PA systems in the downtown commercial district. This project will benefit residents by increasing the attraction of new businesses and restaurants to Historic Downtown Pendleton.

The City of Vincennes has been awarded $500,000 for façade improvements for nine properties on Main Street along 1st Street and 11th Street. This project will benefit the residents by addressing building concerns and making Downtown Vincennes a more inviting place to live, work and shop.

Funding for the five programs – BCP, MSRP, PFP, SIP, and WDW comes 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.

An additional 2017/2018 round of the CDBG program, including the same 5 programs, will commence with letters of intent due on December 1, 2017 and final applications due February 9, 2018.

For more information about these programs, contact Matt Crouch at


Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.

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