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Cicero Community Development

The Town of Cicero Community Development projects include (but is not a complete list):

  1. Grant Administration and support for the following projects
    1.  Town of Cicero Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program
      1. Cicero, IN.- The Town of Cicero opened up applications today for their Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program for its local business community. The Town received funding through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) COVID-19 Response Program to develop this local grant program. OCRA’s program was created to address the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Indiana’s rural communities. Funds are derived from the State’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation and guidance was provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on how the funds were to be used.The intended purpose of the Cicero Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program is to assist our local businesses during this pandemic. The funding has been broken down into three main areas: rent and utility assistance, payroll assistance, and expansion of business services.“The Town of Cicero appreciates the availability of this funding through the State’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs and their ability to create a grant program for our communities in these very difficult times. We believe this funding will have a great impact on our local businesses and our community as a whole,” said Town Council President Dan Strong.Applications are available on the Town’s website, today, May 14th and will be due by 3:00pm on Monday, June 1st. Eligible applicants within the Town of Cicero’s corporate limits, may receive up to $8,000.00 in grant funding. Award announcements will be made the week of June 22, 2020. To find the link to the application, please visit:

        To learn more about the Town, please visit the Town of Cicero’s website: or you may email the Town’s Community Development Coordinator, Shae Kmicikewycz at or Town Council President, Dan Strong at

  2. CLEAN Community Program participant – ongoing
  3. Townwide Branding – ongoing

Completed projects:

  1.  East Jackson Street:
    1. Community Crossings Matching Grant 2018 is a grant program through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  The Town of Cicero received a grant of $538,572.67 for the East Jackson Street road reconstruction project that will include milling and paving of the road, new sidewalks, and curbing.  The Town was able to provide additional match to complete the project with new lighting and electricity components and pedestrian friendly crossings to include new bump outs.  The estimated investment of the project will be over $1 million dollars and the estimated completion date is set for May 2020.
  2. Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP) Façade Improvement Program – project ribbon cutting for completion of project September 2019.  The Town received a Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP) grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for $403,000.00 along with a Historic Preservation Grant in the amount of $142,216.00 to complete a Façade Improvement project, including 13 buildings, along West Jackson Street from State Road 19 to Main Street.  The match for the grant came from the participating building owners and the Town of Cicero.
    1. The buildings included in the project are:
      1. 1 West Jackson Street
      2. 10 West Jackson Street
      3. 30 West Jackson Street
      4. 40 West Jackson Street
      5. 47 West Jackson Street
      6. 60 West Jackson Street
      7. 64 West Jackson Street
      8. 90 West Jackson Street
      9. 99 West Jackson Street
      10. 109 West Jackson Street
      11. 110 West Jackson Street
      12. 120 West Jackson Street
      13. 220 West Jackson Street
  3. Cicero Pier (Cicero Parks Department project) – project completed September 30, 2017.  The Town of Cicero received a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for $50,000.00 for the project.  Total investment of the project was nearly $125,000.00.
  4. Accessible Kayak/Canoe Launch at Red Bridge Park (Cicero Parks Department project) – project completed September 2018.  The Cicero Parks Department received a CreatINg Places crowdfunding grant from the Indiana Housing and Community and Development Authority (IHCDA).  Our goal was to raise $7,500.00 through crowdfunding for the project and we raised over $12,000.00.  IHCDA granted the Town $7,500.00.  The total investment of the project was over $45,000.00.
  5. The Town completed a study for the intersection of Jackson Street and Main Street in February of 2018.  The purpose of the study was to determine ways to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety in this busy area.
  6. The Town completed a Trail feasibility study in February 2018 to connect our trail system.
  7. In 2017, the Town completed a Municipal Building Study to determine the best location for a new Municipal Center.
  8. Our Town Cicero, the Town of Cicero, and the Cicero Parks Department completed a Downtown Pocket Park Feasibility Study in February 2018.  The purpose of the study was to determine the layout to a full pocket park at Short Street and Jackson Street.
  9. 2016 and 2017 Community Crossing Matching Grants used to complete various milling and paving projects throughout the Town of Cicero.  The Town received $365,397.00 in 2016 through the grant program and $447,860.25 in 2017.

Shae Kmicikewycz, Community Development Coordinator