Federal grants support 3 projects in Washington County

Posted Aug. 14, 2012, at 1:54 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Three federal rural development grants totaling $97,850 are being awarded to underwrite three Washington County projects.

The community facility grants distributed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will benefit an Eastport food pantry and fund two projects on the Passamaquoddy reservations at Pleasant Point and Indian Township.

The Greater Eastport Ecumencial Churches is receiving $30,000 to buy new equipment for its Labor of Love Food Pantry and for work required to ensure that the pantry is handicapped accessible.

A $33,750 grant will be used on the Pleasant Point reservation to repair the roof on the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s administrative building. Those repairs will stop leaking caused by ice buildup during the winter months.

The tribe is also receiving a $34,100 grant that will be used to purchase and install an electronic medical records system at the Indian Township Health Clinic.

USDA Community Facilities Grants assist in the development of essential community facilities. Funds can be used to construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and community and public services.

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