The $2.1 million Bricker-Price Block restoration project in Earlham will receive $360,000 from Central Iowa Power Cooperative through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, according to a release. The program provides zero interest loans and is offered through the cooperative to promote community and economic development. The funding helps fill the gaps between private fundraising efforts, historic tax credits and other contributions to the project. The Bricker-Price Block rehabilitation project was launched in 2016 with support from the city of Earlham and Madison County. Modeled after the Des Moines Social Club in downtown Des Moines, the project aims to revitalize the streetscape in downtown Earlham. The project will create 15 full-time equivalent positions, including an executive director. Built in 1900, the C.D. Bricker Building and adjoining W. Price Building were home to numerous businesses before falling into disrepair in 2015, causing the tenants to leave. The project was spearheaded by businesswoman and philanthropist Sharon Krause. Ultimately, the Bricker-Price project will be owned by a local nonprofit, governed by community volunteers. The board will include at-large members, representatives of the City Council, Madison County Board of Supervisors and the Earlham Community School District. Construction is slated for completion in February and has plans to open the buildings to the public in the spring.