Tennessee State Rep. Rush Bricken, R-Tullahoma, Wednesday announced $832,001 in community development grants for projects in Grundy County from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
Coalmont received a $537,590 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a fire station project and Monteagle received a $294,411 CDBG for a fire equipment project.
“Public safety is one of my top priorities,” Bricken said. “This significant investment into our community will improve fire responses and save lives in Coalmont and Monteagle. Both fire departments do excellent work, and these grants are well-deserved. I thank everyone involved in the application process and TNECD for selecting deserving projects in Southeastern Tennessee.”
Coalmont will use its CDBG to construct a new fire hall, which will replace the undersized 35-year-old building the fire department currently occupies.
Monteagle’s grant will go toward purchasing a fire truck skid unit, a cascade system, turnout gear, a commercial-grade gear extractor, chain saws, and other essential equipment.
TNECD approved $36.6 million in grants to 78 communities across the state for projects in categories including public health and safety, community infrastructure, community revitalization, water system improvements, and sewer system improvements.
The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process at the local community level. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development.
State Rep. Rush Bricken represents House District 47, which includes Coffee and Grundy counties.