The Georgia Department of Community Affairs received 147 applications for the annual grants and is scheduled to announce the awards in August.
The applications total $67.1 million but Georgia is expected to get about $25.4 million from the federal allocation. The CDBG program, which funds improvements in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, was cut 16 percent for fiscal year 2011.
Cedartown wants $500,000 to replace iron water mains with PVC pipe to better serve 560 people in the East Gibson Street area. The project includes replacing 178 household connections and installing new fire hydrants. The city would spend $51,800 as the local match.
Lyerly is seeking $500,000 to replace corroded water lines and improve the water pressure in the downtown area. The project would benefit 259 people and the city would provide $50,000 in matching funds.
Bartow County is asking for $498,648 to build a public health center benefiting 2,217 people. The county is planning to put $62,240 into the project.
Cartersville wants $199,802 to rehabilitate seven housing units in a low- to moderate-income area, benefiting 19 people. The city is offering a $3,539 match.
According to the DCA, 123 of the applications were for public facility projects ranging from buildings for Boys and Girls Clubs to water and sewer improvements. Twenty-one communities requested various types of neighborhood revitalization programs, and two communities requested funding for economic development projects.