CLINTON — A more than $3 million project just earned a bit of financial relief for the city of Clinton.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority recently awarded Community Development Block Grant funds to nine Iowa communities, including Clinton.

The CDBG funds will cover $600,000 of a $3.4 million sanitary/storm sewer separation project in Clinton. Clinton received the largest amount among the $3.1 million of total funds allocated.

IEDA received 15 applications totaling $5.5 million in funding requests. Grants are awarded based on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, financial need, project impact and readiness, and commitment of local resources to the project.

“CDBG funding has been instrumental in helping Iowa communities statewide to improve infrastructure and economic opportunities,” IEDA Director Debi Durham said. “We are pleased that these communities will be able to leverage these federal funds to spur development and enhance quality of life.”

The CDBG program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. IEDA is responsible for administering CDBG funds in non-metropolitan areas of the state.