There is funding for local organizations serving the community

If your organization is needing funding for a project of benefit to Xenia’s below median income residents, you should consider applying for a Community Development Block Grant.

To be considered for funding your project must meet the following criteria:

1.  Benefit 51 percent or greater low and moderate income residents,
2.  Prevent or eliminate slums or blight, and
3.  Address community development needs having a particular urgency      because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat
     to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding
     is not available.

Some common projects funded by CDBG include the following:

•  acquisition of property for public purposes;
•  construction or reconstruction of streets;
•  water and sewer facilities;
•  neighborhood centers, recreation facilities, and other public works;
•  demolition;
•  rehabilitation of public and private buildings;
•  public services;
•  planning activities;
•  assistance to nonprofit entities for community development activities; and
•  assistance to private, for-profit entities to carry out economic development activities (including assistance to micro-enterprises).

Those interested in applying for grant funding should attend a training session which will be held by the Community Development Departments of Greene County and the City of Xenia on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Xenia Area Community Theatre (X*ACT), 45 E. Second Street, Xenia, Ohio. Applicants must complete an application, and return it to the City of Xenia, 101 N. Detroit Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009.

For more information, go to Xenia’s CDBG website or contact Mary Crockett at (937) 376-7286.

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