RALEIGH, N.C.- The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $37 million to build and improve critical community facilities to benefit nearly 800 thousand rural residents in North Carolina.
“We are investing in our towns and schools so they can continue serve the people in our state,” said State Director for USDA Rural Development in North Carolina Robert Hosford. “Many of these projects are providing updates to services we are proven leaders in. With updated facilities and services our communities will be better served in the years to come.”
USDA is funding 10 projects in North Carolina through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. For example:
- Caswell County is receiving a $18.5 million loan to construct a new facility for Bartlett Yancey High School of Caswell County. The school currently has three buildings in poor condition which will be demolished. In addition to having electrical, heating and air conditioning inadequacies, they contain asbestos and lead paint, and the classroom spaces are inadequate. The new 119,000 square foot building will provide students with a safe environment with adequate learning resources and space. The new facility will include security improvements with cameras and detectors campus-wide, chain link fencing, and gates around the campus. Additional staff parking as well as parent drop-off areas will also be added. This project will provide students with access to a learning environment comparable to other school districts in North Carolina.
- Craven County’s Vanceboro Rescue Squad, Incorporated is receiving a $111 thousand loan and $73 thousand grant to purchase a 2019 ambulance and other necessary equipment for the Vanceboro Rescue Squad. The squad will also be purchasing a 2020 boat motor as well as a double transport trailer. The majority of the squad's existing equipment has reached the end of its useful life, and new equipment is needed for employees to safely and effectively carry out their duties.
- Durham County’s Hope Reins is receiving a $251 thousand loan to purchase a five acre tract of land adjacent to a nine-acre parcel currently owned and occupied by Hope Reins of Raleigh. Each year, Hope Reins serves 400-500 children experiencing trauma and life crisis by pairing them with rescued horses to find hope and healing. The purchase of additional land will allow the organization to support more horses, thus expanding the number of sessions Hope Reins can offer to children in need.
- Duplin County’s Warsaw County Fire Department is receiving a $350 thousand loan and $350 thousand grant to purchase two tanker trucks. The department currently owns 11 trucks, most of them are over 20 years old. The older trucks have high maintenance costs, and repairs on these vehicles are difficult as the parts needed are not readily available. This project will provide the department with new trucks to assist them with safely and effectively carrying out their duties to serve their community.
- Graham County is receiving a $325 thousand loan and $75 thousand grant to purchase a sanitation truck, a garbage compactor, and dumpsters. The purchase of new equipment will allow the sanitation department to efficiently serve the public.
- Granville County’s Oxford Preparatory School is receiving a $7.6 million loan. This is a charter school began operations in 2013. The school has expanded a grade level each year since that time and has outgrown their current space. This expansion will include the construction of a new K-6 facility that will house up to 475 students. Along with an additional 27 classrooms, the new facility will have administrative offices as well as a multipurpose room. The project also includes the construction of an athletic field that will be utilized by the main campus of the school as well as the proposed K-6 campus.
- Johnston County’s Antioch Fire Department, Incorporated is receiving a $310 thousand loan to construct a fire station for Antioch Fire Department, Inc. The department is currently housed in an existing facility which was built in 1960. This facility has had several additions and renovations over its life span. The current facility was originally constructed with a wooden frame structure having very low overhead doors and limited apparatus bay space. The low ceiling heights limits future apparatus acquisitions and cannot be raised. The proposed facility will consist of five drive thru bays, a training room, offices, a kitchen, bedrooms, and restrooms. The approximate size of the structure is 13,000 square feet. The new building will allow members of the department to carry out their duties safely and efficiently, also making future growth possible for the department. A Community Facilities loan was obligated in September 2019, additional funds have been requested to fund design modification costs.
- Robeson County’s town of Pembroke is receiving a $191,500 loan and $650 thousand grant to develop a new streetscape through the Third Street corridor of the downtown area. A portion of this corridor reflects the town's historic downtown development. This project will include modification of street cross sections, existing on-street parking will be replaced with extended sidewalks, and landscaping and decorative lighting will be added to make the corridor more pedestrian friendly. This project was originally funded in December 2018. Due to increased costs associated with project development, rerouting of electrical and phone lines, and construction administration, the town has requested this additional funding to cover the higher costs.
- Surry County’s town of Pilot Mountain is receiving a $1,027,000 loan and a $181,000 grant to repave nine miles of streets controlled by the town of Pilot Mountain. All streets are traffic ways, with several being high traffic areas. The age of the streets range from eight to 42 years. They are in poor condition with much of the pavement being broken and uneven. This resurfacing project will bring the streets from a state of failure to being in excellent condition, making travel and transport easier and safer.
- Transylvania County’s Brevard Academy is receiving a $7 million loan to purchase an existing facility for a charter school. The school is currently leasing the facility, which the current owner recently purchased and renovated on behalf of Brevard Academy to ensure both students and faculty can be housed safely. The school is now in a position to purchase the facility in order to further serve the students in the local community.
The investments that Brand announced today are being made in Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
“Rural America needs safe, modern infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and have access to essential services,” Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
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 less.
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), a detailed overview of the application process.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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