The town of Petersburg in Pike County is a finalist for Indiana’s Stellar Communities Program, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellsperman’s office announced yesterday.

Petersburg is one of six finalists for the program, which is a grants effort aimed at funding significant improvements in smaller communities. Angola, Bedford, Frankfort, Richmond, and Wabash are the other finalists.

This is the second consecutive year that Petersburg has been named as a finalist for the program.

This is the third year of the Indiana’s Stellar Communities Program. The program is run as a collaboration amongst the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Greencastle, North Vernon, Princeton, and Delphi are some of the previous winners of the award and the four towns are getting a total of $40 million in grant money over three years.

Petersburg and the other finalist communities will now have workshops and planning sessions to finalize their applications. Each finalist will host a site visit in May and two winners will be announced early this summer.