November 23, 2021

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and MPs Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH- 01) today welcomed $ 426,453 to New Hampshire from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funds will support rural infrastructure projects in the areas of emergency services, food security and energy efficiency. Funding for these projects is provided through the Community Facility Direct Loan and Grant Program, an annual funding priority for Senator Shaheen.

“As we work to leave the pandemic behind, investing in rural infrastructure is key to ensuring that no community is left behind. I am excited to welcome nearly half a million dollars to New Hampshire to invest in vital parts of our recovery efforts, from emergency services to food security and energy efficiency, “said Senator Shaheen. “I will continue to use my vote on the Senate Grants Committee to ensure our rural communities have dedicated resources to building resilience and economic development.”

“I am delighted that the New Hampshire communities are receiving these important grants to strengthen their infrastructure. These projects will improve public safety, help families bring food to the table and increase energy efficiency, ”said Senator Hassan. “These awards illustrate why investing in infrastructure can be so important to community prosperity, and I look forward to being with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and administration thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure package we’re putting into law.”

“I am delighted that the City of Stratford and Coos County’s Taproot Farm and Environmental Education Center have received this important USDA funding to support local community projects,” said Rep. Kuster, a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee. “From making public buildings more energy efficient and safer, to expanding access to local food during the pandemic, this federal money will support efforts to empower our rural communities and ensure that New Hampshire remains a wonderful place for all to live and start a family. “

“I am delighted that New Hampshire is receiving these funds to support our rural infrastructure, public safety and the well-being of our families,” said Rep. Pappas. “These investments will help strengthen our communities as we continue to recover from this pandemic, and I will continue to work in Congress to make sure they get the resources they need.”

Funding to New Hampshire includes:

  • $ 341,063 to build a new patrol division in Tuftonboro, Carroll County. The 5,000 square meter patrol station would operate with emergency capacity for at least 20 years.
  • $ 37,900 loan to complete an LED lighting retrofit project at the Fuller Town Hall and Fire Station in Stratford to improve energy security and efficiency in Coos County.
  • $ 37,490 to purchase fridges and freezers to expand access to local food at Taproot Farm & Environmental Education Center and tackle local food insecurity in Coos County.
    • This includes a grant of $ 14,400 for a community rural development facility and a SECD grant of $ 23,090 for a community rural development facility.
    • US $ 10,000 to improve energy efficiency by installing LED lighting in 94 street lights by the Center Ossipee Fire Department in Carroll County.

More information can be found here.


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