Syracuse, NY, Feb 08, 2012 -- Today, USDA Rural Development State Director Jill Harvey announced a $25,000 grant to the Village of Forestville. Funds will be used to purchase a new ambulance that will serve the village and surrounding areas. Today’s announcement is the second phase of funding for this new equipment. In August 2011, the village received a loan for $150,000 for the vehicle.
“This new ambulance will be equipped to meet all the needs of patients and is essential to the safety of the residents of Forestville and its surrounding areas. Under the leadership of the Obama Administration, we have done numerous projects that represent our commitment to rural communities throughout the state. On behalf of Rural Development, we are proud to contribute to this historic village”, said Jill Harvey.
Through its Community Facilities program, Rural Development can finance projects like hospitals, day cares, fire halls, emergency response vehicles, medical equipment, town halls, schools, assisted living and emergency response equipment. Financing is available through direct loans, loan guarantees and grants. All public bodies, Indian tribes and nonprofits with a service area of 20,000 residents or less qualify for funding. Rural Development has invested about $141 million through the Community Facilities program since 2001.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.