MONTGOMERY, Ala., November 2, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Alabama State Director Chris Beeker announced today the Trump Administration is investing $67,300 in Greene County to improve essential community services.
“Law enforcement is crucial to our rural areas,” said State Director Beeker. “Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Purdue, USDA Rural Development continues to be a valuable partner in helping rural Alabama small towns in building stronger communities.”
USDA is investing in Greene County, Alabama through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Investments can be used to build or upgrade a wide range of rural community facilities such as schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities.
- The town of Forkland will use a $67,300 Community Facilities Disaster grant to purchase two fully equipped police vehicles and office equipment. The police department has been closed since 2009 due to lack of funding. This funding will allow the police department to reopen providing service to the residents of Forkland. The new patrol vehicles will serve, protect and respond to calls up to two miles outside the city limits for rural residents.
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.
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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