Bizon applauds $1M grant for village of Nashville

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. announced on Tuesday that the village of Nashville has been awarded a state grant of more than a million dollars for infrastructure projects.

The $1,095,360 grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) will go toward water pump, sanitary sewer pipe lining and storm sewer improvements in the village.

“A sound infrastructure is vital to ensuring a safe, functioning community,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “These infrastructure projects in Nashville are critical for maintaining our quality of life. They include important improvements to protect the local groundwater and keep the Thornapple River clean.”

The grant is one of numerous community revitalization projects announced around the state designed to help create vibrant communities that attract talent.

It is one of the MSF’s Infrastructure and Resiliency Grant Awards as part of their Community Development Block Grant Program. Nashville will provide a local match of $208,640.

Bizon also announced Tuesday that each county in the 19th Senate District received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

“The devastation caused by the coronavirus is staggering,” Bizon said. “This money will provide welcome relief.”

Barry County received $291,256; Calhoun County received $439,771; and Ionia County received $351,107.

The CDBG CARES Act fund allocations are designated for COVID-19-related unbudgeted county expenditures used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Examples of eligible reimbursable expenditures include purchase of health care equipment, public services such as COVID-19 testing sites, and hazard pay for essential workers.