US Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced federal funding of $ 5,493,100 from USDA to improve infrastructure in rural Commonwealth communities.
Funding was provided through the Direct Loans and Grants Program for Community Facilities, the Guaranteed Loan Program For Community Facilities, the Grants for community disaster facilities, and the Economic Impact Initiative Grant Program, all administered by USDA Rural Development. These programs provide direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public facilities in rural communities.
“We are pleased to see these federal dollars being used to improve infrastructure in our rural communities,” Senators said in a joint statement. “These investments will help critical community facilities better serve their communities. “
USDA Direct and Grant Programs, Disaster Grants and Guaranteed Loans for Community Facilities offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Below is the breakdown of funding:
- Buchanan County Supervisory Board in Grundy will receive a grant of $ 23,200 to purchase a properly equipped side-by-side utility vehicle, cargo trailer and four helmets to better serve the community.
- The town of Glen Lyn will receive a grant of $ 75,000 purchase a new, fully equipped patrol vehicle.
- The town of Kilmarnock will receive a $ 22,000 grant to purchase a 2021 Ford Patrol Interceptor Utility Vehicle.
- Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Norton will receive a grant of $ 50,000 to purchase two new, well-equipped vehicles, furniture and equipment to provide transportation and equipment needed to provide foster care services in the area.
- Broadwater Academy in Exmore will receive a grant of $ 37,500 to purchase computers, computer equipment, a mower and trailer; and to replace older grounds maintenance equipment.
- The Drakes Branch Volunteer Fire Department will receive a granting of $ 97,500 to refurbish the Ministry’s brush truck.
- Drakes Town Branch will receive a grant of $ 97,500 to purchase heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
- The town of Farmville will receive a grant of $ 36,600 to buy 29 mobile radios to replace all the portable radios in the city.
- The Boys & Girls Club at Northern Neck in Kilmarnock will receive a granting of $ 68,000 to buy furniture, computers and appliances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Halifax County will receive a grant of $ 128,700 buy a front-loading garbage truck.
- The Healthy Harvest Food Bank, Inc. in Warsaw will receive a $ 200,000 grant to purchase aquaponics equipment for the greenhouse classroom. This equipment will be used to produce vegetables, fish and other types of seafood.
- Richmond County will receive a grant of $ 91,700 to buy a new medical unit ambulance.
- Franklin Children’s Center will receive a grant of $ 16,600 to purchase an air purification system and awning to provide adequate UV protection for children and staff at eight daycares and early childhood education centers.
- City of Scottsville will receive a grant of $ 5,300 and one loan of $ 15,200 to purchase a new patrol vehicle and related equipment.
- Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomac will receive a $ 25,000 grant to purchase portable steel-framed shelving, computers, monitors and software. This new steel frame shelving will be used for the children’s section of the Accomac agency.
- Accomack County will receive a grant of $ 75,000 to purchase a new radio communication console for the 911 call center.
- The Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will receive a grant of $ 47,200 and one loan of $ 87,800 purchase fire and rescue equipment.
- The town of Glade Spring will receive a grant of $ 75,000 and loan of $ 84,300 purchase a new, well-equipped sanitation vehicle with a packer.
- The William King Art Museum in Abingdon will receive a grant of $ 66,000 to purchase a new 250,000 kilowatt, 120/208 volt 3-stage diesel generator to provide back-up electricity to protect the museum’s collections year round.
- The Wise County Civil Service Authority in Wise will receive a grant of $ 50,000, another a grant of $ 25,000 and a loan of $ 85,000 to purchase three new, properly equipped service trucks, which are essential to the county’s water and sewer systems.
- The town of Tappahannock will receive a $ 123,500 loan to purchase a 2021 Community Freight Sanitation Vehicle.
- The town of Tappahannock will receive a loan of $ 53,300 to purchase sewer cameras, helping city staff closely inspect sewer lines.
- The Harvest Outreach Center in Rustburg will receive a loan of $ 775,000 to buy a building and equipment for a local school.
- The City of Lawrenceville will receive a $ 215,000 loan to buy a used ladder truck and new accessories.
- The town of Crewe will receive a loan of $ 68,200 to purchase two new patrol vehicles and equipment, including mobile data terminals.
- The town of Blackstone will receive a $ 520,000 loan to buy a new ladder truck.
- Buckhorn, Inc. in South Hill will receive a $ 400,000 loan to buy a fire truck.
- People Incorporated from Southwest Virginia to Abingdon will receive a loan of $ 1,700,000 to buy and renovate a building used as an administrative office. This project will include moderate rehabilitation of the interior of the main building and basic exterior improvements.
The Economic Impact Initiative grant program assists in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities. Below is the breakdown of funding:
- The town of Gordonsville will receive a $ 3,000 grant to purchase 11 patrol ballistic vests and two bike racks for each vest to ensure the safety and protection of officers.
- The town of Marion will receive a $ 50,000 grant to purchase equipment for the city’s fleet of patrol vehicles. The equipment includes mobile data terminals, radios, security guards for agents, emergency lighting with controls, radar units, vehicle graphics and flashlights.