Friars Point will be getting a $46,900 federal grant to buy equipment to improve and maintain its water and sewer system.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved loans and grants totaling $9,317,500 in 25 Mississippi communities.
The Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities.
“Our community facilities program can be used to help fund schools, libraries, health clinics, and the purchase of public safety equipment,” said John Campbell, State Director for Rural Development in Mississippi. “Access to modern community facilities and essential services is vital to attracting and
This Rural Development investment of $46,900 will be used to purchase a sewer jetter and ditching machine for Friars Point. The town currently has no machines that will do this work, so the town contracts the machines, increasing response time and costs. Purchasing the machines will allow the town to address sewer emergencies and local flooding issues in a timelier manner and with reduced costs.
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.