The City of Leesville and the Vernon Parish Police Jury have submitted application for a total of $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds from the state.

Two of the grants would be for sewer system improvements; the third for water system improvements.

CDBG grants are awarded on a competitive basis with local governments from across the state. They go projects benefitting low- and moderate-income citizens.

The city, according to Mayor Rick Allen’s office, is seeking about $516,000 for a project in the northeastern portion the city.

About $478,000 would be for sewer system rehabilitation, with the remainder covering pre-agreement costs and project administration.

The Police Jury applications are for two projects valued at about $1 million each.

A new sewer collection system in the Jean Chapel Road area would cost $1.02 million, with an additional $43,000 for administrative costs.

Potable water improvements in the Evans area is the objective of the other parish grant application.

About $894,000 is sought for those improvements, with another $68,000 needed for rehabilitation costs and about $43,000 for administrative costs.

The CDBG program is under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is in its 43rd year of providing grant funding, administered through state agencies.