Utah communities will get $8 million in federal grants, expected to be sent to Utah this month.

The community development block grants will be used for local improvement projects and human-service needs.

The grants are disbursed to the state Division of Community Development by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The division then distributes the money to each state's seven regional Associations of Governments. Communities apply through their region's association for grants for qualified projects.

Funds disbursed by the regional associations include:

$1.05 million for the Bear River association, including Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.

$1.05 million for the Five County association, including Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties.

$1.48 million for the Mountainland association, including Summit, Utah and Wasatch counties.

$594,652 for the Six County association, including Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne counties.

$518,863 for the Southeastern Utah association, including Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties.

$434,372 for the Uintah Basin association, including Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah counties.

$2.3 million for the Wasatch Front Regional Council, including Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele and Weber counties.

Grant projects include the operation of human-service programs and agencies, the purchase and rehabilitation of homes for low- and moderate-income residents, the planning and construction of public buildings, economic development initiatives and upgrades for water and sewer infrastructure and sidewalks.

Gov. Mike Leavitt has proclaimed this week "Utah Community Development Week," honoring a grant program that has provided funds to Utah since 1982.

"The Community Development Block Grant program has had a significant impact on our local economies through job creation and retention, physical redevelopment and improved local tax bases," the governor said.

"The Community Development Block Grant program is a model of success in federal aid programs and we believe Utah, which ranks No. 1 in the nation as of March 1 in its timely expenditure of funds, is a model of success within the CDBG program," said Richard Walker, manager of the Utah CDBG program.