Town Of Holton Receives Economic Development Planning Grant

More than $818,000 is going to 13 communities across the state.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Thirteen rural communities across Indiana are receiving economic development planning grants.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Thursday they will award $818,000 to communities to develop a specific plan to implement community and economic development projects.

Among the grant recipients is the Town of Holton, which will receive $60,000 for water infrastructure improvements.

The grants allow communities to take a holistic view of potential issues and opportunities across the drinking, waste and stormwater infrastructure.

"Planning grants are invaluable tools that can help rural communities properly shape and prepare their vision for improving the quality of life for its residents,” said Denny Spinner, Executive Director of OCRA. “I applaud the foresight by the local leaders and residents taking the time to plan for these significant investments within their communities.”

The Planning Grant Program strives to encourage communities to plan for long-term community development with the aid of subject matter experts and community input. The applications being funded this quarter are aiming to address water infrastructure and comprehensive community planning.

"This funding will allow communities to make important investments to enhance the local quality of life,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Planning grants can lead to big differences as rural Indiana looks to support local infrastructure.”

Planning Grant applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Based on the number of Planning Grant applications funded for the first quarter of 2021, funds will not be available to open applications for the second quarter. For more information, visit

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