November 20, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $1.2 Million In USDA Funding For Community Buildings & First Responders In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $1,191,500 in funding throughout Virginia to improve community facilities and support first-responders. Today’s funding was made available through USDA’s Community Facilities Loans and Grants Program.

“This federal funding will help improve essential community facilities and will ensure that Virginia’s first responders have the tools they need to keep our communities safe,” said Warner and Kaine.

The following entities will receive funding from USDA’s loans and grants program:

  • Grayson County EDA will receive $50,000 in grants for police vehicles and $710,000 in loans for fire rescue and public safety;
  • Dickenson County IDA will receive $50,000 in grants for court security equipment and $65,000 in loans for improvements to public buildings;
  • Town of Honaker will receive $50,000 in grants for police vehicles;
  • Dante Rescue Squad, Inc. will receive $50,000 for an ambulance and equipment;
  • City of Eagle River will receive $47,000 in grants to purchase a police car and equipment;
  • Duffield Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squads, Inc. for $45,000 for an ambulance;
  • St. Mary’s Health Wagon, Inc. will receive $30,000 in grants for SUVs & trailers used for mobile health services and $10,000 in loans for health care;
  • Town of Clintwood Police Department will receive $37,500 in grants for police vehicles;
  • Town of Clintwood Fire Department will receive $21,700 in grants for fire department equipment;
  • Town of Cape Charles will receive $25,300 in loans for fire, rescue and public safety.

The Community Facilities Loans and Grants Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Public bodies, community-based non-profit corporations and federally-recognized tribes are eligible to apply for Community Facilities Loans and Grants funding.

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