Austin—The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) presented an oversized, ceremonial check to local officials in Mason County to recognize the community for securing a grant from the agency's Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program. TDRA agency staff presented the check on September 20, 2010 at Mason County Courthouse.
"We are very pleased to award this grant to Mason County," said Charles S. (Charlie) Stone, executive director of TDRA. "Community development projects such as this help Texans in rural communities improve their quality of life significantly."
Mason County will use its $200,000 grant to replace 11 on-site septic systems for households in Pontotoc and Fredonia.
The agency awarded $800,000 to four Concho Valley area communities, including Bronte, Eldorado, Kimble County and Mason County. TDRA awarded more than $42 million to rural communities in Texas for the 2010 funding cycle.
"Texas CDBG is a competitive grant program, so the Community of Mason County is to be commended for their hard work and diligence in pursuing this grant," said Mark Wyatt, director of TDRA's community development division.
The grants come from the Texas Community Development Block Grant program, the largest CDBG program in the nation. Rural cities with populations less than 50,000 and counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD may apply for the agency's TxCDBG program. This program serves approximately 1,017 eligible rural communities, 245 rural counties, and provides services to over 375,000 low-to moderate-income beneficiaries each year.