In August 2009, $11.4 million in U.S. Forest Service Recovery Act grants were awarded to the State of Maine to help rural counties convert heating systems to wood/dual-fuel heating systems. The grants fund a program designed to achieve energy savings, reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources, reduce greenhouse emissions, and support sustainable forestry.
Visit the USDA Blog to read the full story and see pictures of how these grants are being put to use.
Under Section 1512 of the Recovery Act, most prime and sub-recipients of Recovery awards are required to report quarterly on the status of their awards. But, there are some recipients who have received Recovery awards who are not required to report. Recipients that fall into this category are:
- Recipients of loan or grant awards less than $25,000
- Individuals receiving direct payments, such as the one-time $250 payment
- Recipients of Small Business Loan guarantees, such as the Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz, California that received a SBA Loan. (Recipients of 100 percent guaranteed loans awards through the Federal Financing Bank are required to report.)
- Recipients of USDA’s Single Family Housing Loan awards
- Recipients of housing vouchers funded under the Recovery Act by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Recipients who do not fall into one of the categories above are required to report. If they have not, they will appear on the Non-Compliers list.
USDA announced yesterday on their blog, the grand opening of the new downtown location of the Holt Memorial Library in Philipsburg, PA. Rather than constructing a new library, $475,000 in Recovery grants and loans were used to renovate and make use of an old bank building downtown.
To read more about the new library in Philipsburg, PA visit the USDA blog.