Norwich community development grant applications sought

Norwich – The Community Development will accept applications for the next federal program year to begin Sept. 1 under several grant program categories.

The city expects to receive $801,926 and plans to award grants based on programs that meet the city’s five-year consolidated plan.

Categories are:

Affordable housing: Programs that increase home ownership opportunities as well as promote code improvement and energy efficient housing.

Create a suitable living environment: Activities addressing quality of life issues that encourage collaboration and foster a sense of community on a city-wide scale.

Expand economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income residents: Proposals that provide a measurable increase in job creation through business retention, expansion or creation or proposals that improve skills and result in direct employment or business creation.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. March 7 at the Community Development office, 23 Union St., Norwich. Applications must be listed either as “public service” for programs that benefit low-to-moderate-income residents or “non-public service,” which would address improvements to public facilities, economic development, rehabilitation or preservation activities.

Applications and program guidelines are available at the Community Development office or on the department’s page on the city website, www.norwichct.org. For information, call (860) 823-3770.

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