WASHINGTON — The USDA Rural Development program will invest $151,400 in community projects in Addison, Rumford and Mars Hill, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced Friday.
In Addison, Friends of the Church on the Hill has been selected to receive $97,000 in grant funds to renovate an existing historic church into a community center.
The LifeFlight Foundation has been selected to receive $11,250 in grant funds to construct an Automated Weather Observing System Station on a 15-foot tower on the roof of the Rumford Hospital in Rumford. The project will improve access for emergency medical helicopters.
In Mars Hill, the Walter T.A. Hansen Memorial Library has been selected to receive a $43,150 grant to make interior and exterior repairs.
“These USDA investments are very important to rural communities in Maine,” Michaud said in a prepared statement. “They not only help improve community infrastructure in rural areas, but they also create much needed jobs.”
According to the USDA, the funding is provided through its Rural Development Community Facilities Program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation.