CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's Native American tribal communities are getting more than a million dollars from the federal government to improve housing and incite economic development.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the $1.2 million grant on Wednesday as part of HUD's annual $33 million to tribes nationally.
The competitive grants are provided through HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program to support a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities, and are a portion of the grants that will be awarded nationally this year.
The recipients will use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction.
The funding can also used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, to create suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients use the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects.
Recipients have used the funding to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenient stores/gas stations.