CRA to reopen grant applications

This splash pad in Walton County's Mossy Head Park is similar to one being considered by the CRA to

This splash pad in Walton County's Mossy Head Park is similar to one being considered by the CRA to bring more recreation for children to Chipley.

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 06:42 PM.

CHIPLEY - The Chipley Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is reopening two grants for property improvement.
The CRA Special Improvement Grant reopened yesterday after residents reported having trouble finding two licensed contractors to submit bids as required by the application.

The grant, which provides 90% of funding, up to $1,000, for residential properties, is intended to help cover facade improvements such as painting and awning and door replacements for homes within the CRA district.

"Five people submitted documentation, but unfortunately, no one qualified because they couldn't get two bids," said CRA Administrative Assistant Chris MacBlain. "What we're hearing is that local contractors didn't feel the amount of money was worth submitting a bid."

CRA members are considering changing the program requirements to make the projects more attractive to licensed contractors.

Applications for the grant are being accepted now and will continue through August 31.

A $6,000 grant for commercial property is also up for grabs, but MacBlain reports she's given a few applications out but hasn't received any back.

The grant is geared toward making electrical improvements for businesses within the CRA district.



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