Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Grants to Help Rural Communities

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010
                   
CONTACT
Myung Oak Kim, 303.947.5708, myung.kim@state.co.us
 
GOV. RITTER ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO HELP RURAL COMMUNITIES
 
Gov. Bill Ritter today announced five grants that will improve public facilities and services in Costilla, San Miguel, Bent, Lincoln and Sedgwick counties. The grants are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
 
“The Recovery Act is helping all communities across Colorado, including rural counties and small towns, to improve public safety and services to children and seniors,” Gov. Ritter said. “These grants will pay for important projects that will have a lasting impact on our rural communities.”
 
The grants are:

  • $72,910 to the Costilla County Senior Citizens Club to purchase equipment and furniture for a senior citizens facility.
  • $32,439 to the Town of Mountain Village in San Miguel County to purchase equipment for a daycare facility.
  • $25,000 to Bent County for construction modifications at a nursing home.
  • $12,650 to Lincoln County to purchase equipment for off-line emergency power generation.

$42,778 to Sedgwick County to purchase emergency warning sirens.
 
These grants are among $14 million in awards announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. They are part of the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. So far, the USDA has announced $491.6 million in Recovery Act funding for community facility projects.
 
“These projects help rural communities build and upgrade essential infrastructure and demonstrate President Obama’s continued efforts to improve the quality of life for rural residents throughout the country,” Vilsack said. “We are seeing towns and communities across America receive significant benefits from projects funded through the Recovery Act.”
 
For more information about the Recovery Act in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.