Williamsburg County Included in US $ 222 Million Rural Community Infrastructure Investment | News

Projects include $ 3.7 million for rural health care, food security and emergency response services in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina, November 19, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary of State for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is investing $ 222 million to build and improve essential community facilities in 44 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. This community infrastructure funding will benefit nearly 2.5 million people in rural communities. It also includes $ 132 million to support health care, food security and emergency response services for more than 850,000 rural residents in 37 states.

“The Biden-Harris administration is keeping its promise to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild our economy,” Torres Small said. “Rural Americans need emergency response, hospitals and medical facilities, and USDA loans and grants are investing in critical infrastructure to make this possible. USDA Rural Development puts rural people at the forefront of investments and opportunities to help us all build back better, stronger, and more resilient.

USDA is investing in 536 projects through the Direct Grants and Loans for Community Facilities program. The aid will fund essential community services that will help maintain rural America’s resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects will finance emergency response vehicles and equipment; build or improve hospitals and clinics; and fight against food insecurity.

“South Carolina has received more than $ 3.7 million in infrastructure investments that will help rural communities rebuild better,” said Dr. Saundra Glover, state director for rural development in Carolina from South. “Many of these investments are health care related and will help our rural communities be better prepared and responsive to emergencies that threaten the overall well-being of our communities. “

For example, in South Carolina:

• Williamsburg County has received the following:

1. A grant of $ 28,200, which will be used to purchase five 10×16 office trailers for Williamsburg County waste management sites. The trailers would be hurricane certified, include a bathroom, and provide much-needed space to store supplies and equipment for each site.

2. A grant of $ 49,800, which will be used to purchase a 40 x 60 office building for the Williamsburg County waste management landfill.

3. Three grants totaling $ 117,900, which will be used to purchase three waste compactors. These stationary trash compactors are essential for the daily operations of Williamsburg County landfills and recycling sites. The purchase of these new trash compactors will provide county citizens with a safe and convenient way to recycle and manage solid waste collection.

• Vital Aging of Williamsburg County Inc. will receive a grant of $ 34,900 to replace roofing and HVAC repairs at the Vital Aging Kingstree Wellness Center. Vital Aging has repaired the roof and HVAC system several times in the past; therefore, they were advised that the roof and HVAC system needed to be replaced.

• Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs will receive $ 47,900 to purchase furniture, office supplies and lawn equipment to fulfill contracts in the county. The funds will also be used to repair and paint the main office building. Equipment repairs and upgrades will allow the facility to perform its tasks more efficiently.

Investments announced today will support community infrastructure projects in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas , Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.

Fund:

Over 100 types of projects are eligible for community facility funding. Eligible applicants include federally recognized municipalities, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Native American tribes. Projects must be located in rural areas of 20,000 inhabitants or less. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program.

Today’s investments complement the recently announced funding availability under the USDA’s Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Program, which is also administered through the Community Facilities Program. . Through this program, USDA is making up to $ 500 million available through the US bailout to help rural health facilities, tribes and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, services health and nutritional assistance.

Under the Rural Health Care Emergency Grants program, applications for recovery grants will be accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are spent. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/erhc.

Interested parties should contact their state USDA rural development office for information on additional funding, application procedures, and eligibility. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guide for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB) for a detailed overview of the application process.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you would like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the U.S. food system with a greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to safe and nutritious food in all communities, creating new markets and sources of income for farmers and producers using climate, smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in rural America, and committing promoting equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov/sc.

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