The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Virginia Rural Development office today announced it will invest in evaluation processes critical to sewer infrastructure in a rural Virginia locality.
Scott County Public Service Authority will receive a $30,000 grant to prepare preliminary engineering and environmental reports to evaluate the extension of public sewer to the Hiltons community in Scott County.
“Planning and evaluation can often be an expensive process, but is necessary to set a foundation for infrastructure development,” said Basil Gooden, Ph.D., Virginia State Director, USDA Rural Development. “We are proud help in the process by providing planning and evaluation grants to rural Virginia communities, making it affordable for them to serve their residents and small businesses through updated essential services.”
USDA Rural Development is awarding the grant through the Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) program. SEARCH grants help very small, financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design assistance and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects.
Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of their grant agreement.