Bangor, ME, Aug 13, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development has selected three Washington County organizations to receive Community Facility Grants funds totaling $97,850.
USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “These important grants target essential community facilities and will have an impact on Passamaquoddy tribal healthcare and administrative functions, as well as assist the operation of a local food pantry in Eastport. I am pleased that USDA Rural Development could invest funds in facilities that are so central to the communities being served.”
Investments will be made in:
• The Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association has been selected to receive a grant of $30,000 which will benefit the Labor of Love Food Pantry through new equipment for the pantry and by stabilizing the driveway and parking area to ensure for handicap accessibility.
• The Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation has been selected to receive a grant of $33,750 to repair the roof on the Tribe’s Administrative Building. This will alleviate the issue of leaking caused by ice buildup during the winter months.
• The Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $34,100 to purchase and install an Electronic Medical Records system at the Indian Township Health Clinic.
Community Facilities Grant funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services.
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 69 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.