TIFFIN — Seneca Regional Planning Commission announced today that $158,000 in grant funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program has been awarded to projects in Seneca County.
SRPC Executive Director Charlene Watkins said the funding is to be used on three projects and will also help to pay for administration and Fair Housing programs. The projects funded through the program include a sidewalk improvement project in Bloomville, a park upgrade in Eden Township and assistance for the homeless population across the county.
The Village of Bloomville sidewalk improvement project received $73,900. The project will replace 1,000 linear feet of sidewalk within the village on Marion and Beeghly streets.
In Eden Township’s unincorporated Village of Melmore, $43,100 was received for park and recreation facility upgrades. The project will include the construction of a 24’ X 24’ pavilion and the installation of a restroom at the ballpark in Melmore. The project follows other recent improvements at the park.
The final project funded this year will serve residents of Seneca County outside of the city of Tiffin. Tiffin residents will not be affected because the city has its own CDBG allocation. The $9,400-project is to assist up to eight households with up to three months delinquent rent or mortgage payments or first month’s rent and deposit. This will either help a family avoid homelessness or house a family that is homeless.
The remaining funds will be used for administration and Fair Housing programs, as required by the Ohio Development Services Agency. ODSA is the agency that administers the program.
Watkins said she is excited this is the first time the community of Melmore has received funds through the CDBG program. “We are glad to see rural Seneca County benefitting from the Community Development Block Grant and providing much-needed services to our residents,” she said.
The CDBG program commences bi-annually, the county is eligible to apply for funding again in 2021, with projects potentially occurring in 2022.