Vermont organizations to receive USDA rural development grants

Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 6:16 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - Five Vermont organizations are set to receive grant money from the USDA.

The USDA’s Community Facilities Grants are designed to support and strengthen rural development. Some $914,000 will go toward projects in Hardwick, Castleton, Greensboro, Cabot, and Lyndonville. Some of those projects include library expansions and renovations, nursing home repairs, and the purchase of a styrofoam recycling machine.

Vermont recipients of the grants include:

  • Jeudevine Memorial Library: This $600,000 Rural Development investment will be used for facility renovation and expansion of the historic library, adding nearly 5,000 square feet to the building, creating new reading rooms, circulation space, multi-purpose spaces and an accessible restroom.
  • Castleton Free Library: This $125,000 Rural Development investment will be used to renovate the library and improve accessibility and services for those with limited mobility, including an addition of an elevator and a handicap-accessible bathroom to the library’s historic building, which was built in 1930.
  • Faith in Action Northern Community Partnership Inc.: This $83,000 Rural Development investment will be used help the group—which conducts food-shelf distribution and other community support services—purchase the building it currently rents, reducing operating funds for the group by eliminating rent fees and enabling them to purchase additional food supplies.
  • Greensboro Nursing Home: This $70,000 Rural Development investment will be used to fund the replacement of the entire roof covering and drip edge surfaces for the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro, Vermont.
  • Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District: This $36,000 Rural Development investment will be used to purchase a commercial grade polystyrene (Styrofoam) recycling machine, NEK WMD will be the first solid waste facility in Vermont to recycle this product.

Click here for the full list of recipients.