Cumby approved for $278,800 grant

From Staff Reports

May 17, 2007 - The city of Cumby has been approved to receive a grant of more than a quarter of a million dollars for improvements to the town's water system.

The $278,800 grant will pay for a new water tank for Cumby as well as fund comprehensive planning for the town of about 650 residents.

Ray Vann of Raymond K. Vann and Associates, a grant management firm in Lufkin that has been working as a consultant for Cumby, stated the money should be available in June.

"We have been working with Cumby for just a few years now and have helped get approval for over $1.1 million in grants just in the last two years," Vann stated in a press release. "It's great to work with a community that really gets involved."

The grant is the second major award to the city in less than a year. In September, the city received $311,723 to provide city sewer service to a number of homes.

The grant is part of $2.75 million allocated by Ark-Tex Council of Governments through the Texas Community Development Program administered by the state Office of Rural Community Affairs.

Competition for the grant money was high. ATCOG allocated the funding to a 12-county area in Northeast Texas, and only 13 of 40 communities that applied for the grants were approved.

Communities in the region are expected to be able to apply for funding through the program again in September of 2008.

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