Champaign, IL, Apr 08, 2011 -- Contact: Joan Messina (217) 403-6248
USDA Grant Awarded to Mounds to Purchase Maintenance Building
Champaign, Ill., April 8, 2011—USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan announced that Mounds has been selected for a $20,250 grant to help the city purchase a larger building to house its maintenance equipment and vehicles. The funding is part of the federal agency’s Community Facilities Program that provides grants and affordable financing to support essential facilities in rural communities.
“By helping rural communities preserve and improve their community services, USDA is helping them maintain their quality of life,” Callahan said. “When we help to preserve the infrastructure in a smaller communities like Mounds, we make it a better place to live, work, run a business and raise a family.”
Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a building that was formerly the site of a heating and air-conditioning dealership. The city’s existing maintenance facility is not large enough to store or repair its equipment, and it requires structural improvements, including repairs to the roof and electrical system. The new building is large enough to house vehicles and equipment and provide a maintenance area, small office and restroom. Having the larger facility will allow the city to house its vehicles and equipment inside, safe from weather and possible vandalism. The city contributed $6,750 to the project.
Rural Development offers loans, loan guarantees and, in some instances, grants to public bodies and non-profit organizations to support essential facilities for public use in most communities with up to 20,000 residents. These funds can be used to support projects such as health and child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, libraries, community centers, public buildings and transportation.
Community Facilities funding is also available for projects that support the use or distribution of locally and regionally produced food. Communities and non-profits can use the program to support food banks, farmers’ markets, community gardens, community kitchens and food delivery vehicles. They can use the funds to construct or buy a building, make renovations, and purchase land and equipment.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance. Support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, homeownership, business development and community needs. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.