U.S. Department of Agriculture Ohio Rural Development State Director David L. Hall today announced communities and organizations in eleven counties will benefit from essential community facilities funding in excess of $5.3 million.
“At USDA, we know that access to modern infrastructure is vital to rural success,” said Hall. “Because Rural Development is field-based, many of our team members work and live in the very communities we serve. We’re proud of our robust collaborations with townships, county governments and local service organizations, and we remain dedicated to ensuring rural Ohioans thrive.”
Funds may be used to build or upgrade a wide range of facilities and equipment, including schools, libraries, health care clinics, and public safety buildings and gear.
- Geneva-On-The-Lake will use its combined $100,000 loan and grant to purchase two new law enforcement vehicles in service to a tourism-based community that generates nearly 2,000 calls each year.
- The village of Jefferson will use its combined $569,000 loan and grant to purchase a new fire engine. Last year alone, the fire department recorded about 400 runs.
- Barnesville will use its combined $230,000 loan and grant to purchase an ambulance and associated equipment for use by the Barnesville Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Department. Barnesville EMS also provides coverage for Warren and Kirkwood Townships, along with portions of Flushing, Goshen and Wayne Townships. In 2019, the organization responded to 950 calls encompassing an 80+-square mile service area.
- Belmont County will use its combined $185,000 loan and grant to finance the purchase of an excavator for use in trenching and foundation work.
- Loudon Township will use its combined $89,000 loan and grant to purchase a dump truck for use in road maintenance.
- The Village of Carrollton will use its combined $530,000 loan and grant to purchase a fire truck for use by the 40 volunteer firefighters and first responders of the Carrollton Fire Department.
- Knox Township will use its combined $112,000 loan and grant to purchase a backhoe.
- Brush Creek Township will use its combined $153,500 loan and grant to purchase a new dump truck with snowplow and salt spreader attachments, along with a new mower, to help maintain nearly 45 miles of rural Appalachian roads.
- Lodi will use its combined $903,900 loan and grant to purchase a fire engine, ambulance and pickup truck, replacing outdated emergency gear.
- Ohio Hills Health Services will use its combined $907,700 loan and grant to expand the Monroe Family Health Center in Woodsfield. USDA also is helping finance new clinic equipment. The new building will improve accessibility and enable more rural residents to receive care. MFHC served 3,500 rural residents at the Woodsville-based site in 2019.
- Monroe County Commissioners will use a combined $297,000 loan and grant to purchase two dump trucks outfitted for road maintenance and snow removal. The trucks will help maintain nearly 310 miles of roadways.
- Benton Township will use its combined $170,500 loan and grant to purchase a dump truck and backhoe, helping maintain about 34 miles of rural roads.
- The village of Woodsfield will use its combined $61,000 loan and grant to purchase a new skid steer to support the village’s water and wastewater treatment department, which provides service to more than 1,200 rural customers.
- Deerfield Township will use its combined $135,000 loan and grant to purchase a dump truck with snowplow attachment.
- Pike County Commissioners will use a combined $400,000 loan and grant to purchase four dump trucks to help maintain rural roadways.
Richland and Morrow Counties:
- The CB&S Joint Fire District will use its combined $345,000 loan and grant to purchase a new pumper tanker which will serve the village of Shiloh and the townships of Cass and Blooming Grove.
- Salem Township will use its combined $166,000 loan and grant to purchase a tractor, mower, and tandem roller to help maintain about 36 miles of rural roadways.
Today’s announcement also encompasses $153 million invested in 94 Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program projects in 23 states.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally- recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or fewer.
Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB) for a detailed overview of the application process.
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