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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), members of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Caucus, applauded $36,475,848 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support Virginia’s five HBCUs. The federal funding was made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support students, colleges, and universities as they cope with the immediate effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

“We’re pleased that these federal dollars will assist Virginia’s five HBCUs in continuing to serve their students in the face of the current health and economic crisis,” said the Senators. “These institutions help provide traditionally-underserved communities the tools they need to succeed, and we will continue to advocate for them as they support their students during this ongoing crisis.”

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund set aside just over $1 billion in federal funding for HBCUs and minority serving institutions. These institutions can use the funds to cover costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic, such as lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology, faculty and staff training, payroll, and costs of attendance for eligible students.

Virginia is home to Virginia Union University, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University, Hampton University, and Virginia University of Lynchburg – all of which will receive federal from the CARES Act as follows:

School

 

Virginia State University

$9,803,132

Virginia Union University

$2,922,768

Virginia University of Lynchburg

$440,105

Hampton University

$9,884,324

Norfolk State University

$13,425,519

Sens. Warner and Kaine are strong supporters of Virginia’s HBCUs. Last year, the Senators successfully pushed to get the FUTURE Act signed into law to restore $255 million in federal funding for these critical institutions.  

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Lee and Wise Countieswill receive $259,000 and $22,500 in federal funds, respectively, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for water improvement projects.

“We are pleased to announce these federal dollars to improve water infrastructure in these communities,” said the Senators. “These projects aim to improve water quality for Virginia families.” 

The Wise County Public Service Authority in Wise, Va. will receive $22,500 from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grant program to prepare and evaluate a solids-handling system and an upgrade of the raw water pumps at the Carfax Water Treatment Plant. The report will also study the replacement of the oldest section of water line along Coeburn Mountain at Pole Bridge Road and the hydraulics of the Bond Gap tank system to ensure the two tanks are operating as designed.

The USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grant program assists low-income communities with initial planning and development of applications for the USDA’s Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.

The Woodway Water and Sewer Authority in Pennington Gap, Va. will receive $259,000 from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program to make improvements to the Authority's water system, which includes replacing approximately 103,000 linear feet of 3/4-inch to 8-inch water line, installing 96 gate valves and 64 fire hydrants, and associated equipment. The existing Woodway water storage tank will be abandoned, and the water system will be reconfigured so that the Twin Prison tanks will supply the Woodway community. In addition, the project will correct the high risk of cross-contamination with groundwater in the surrounding area and meet the Virginia Department of Health's Ten-State Regulations – which are used as a standard for the minimum number of valves that should be provided on water mains to minimize inconvenience and sanitary hazards during repairs. 

The USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

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WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $10,832,775 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services in preventing, preparing for and responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The federal funding was made possible through the FY2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) program, which provides $850 million to assist states, local units of government and tribes during this outbreak. The CESF funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine.

“Every day, our law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” said the Senators. “In the face of this dangerous outbreak, it’s more important than ever that these officials have the supplies they need to do their jobs as safely as possible. That’s why we’re glad to know that these federal dollars will help the Commonwealth pay for the resources it needs as we fight this outbreak.”

Earlier this week, the DOJ also awarded $259,453 in CESF funding to three localities in the Commonwealth as follows: 

  • $112,531 for the City of Lynchburg
  • $98,689 for the City of Petersburg
  • $48,233 for Henry County

CESF funding may be used to help purchase equipment – including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment – or supplies, such as gloves, masks, and sanitizer. It can also be used to pay for overtime, hiring, training, or travel expenses – particularly those related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas. The funding can also be used to address the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $14,857,347 in federal funding to strengthen the Commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The funding, awarded through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement, was made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. 

“We are glad to know that the Virginia Department of Health will be able to count on this federal funding to help assess the effects of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth and strengthen the fight against this virus,” said the Senators. 

Specifically, the funding may be used by the Virginia Department of Health to establish or enhance the ability to aggressively identify cases, conduct contact tracing and follow up, as well as implement appropriate containment measures. It can also be used to improve morbidity and mortality surveillance, enhance testing capacity, control COVID-19 in high-risk settings and protect vulnerable or high-risk populations, as well as help healthcare systems manage and monitor system capacity.

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $200,000 in federal funding to support a project by the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) at Virginia Tech that seeks to help the global computational molecular sciences community quickly provide their scientific data and expertise to address the COVID-19 crisis. The funding, awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), was made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. 

“Virginia Tech has been a longstanding leader in the fields of research and innovation. That’s why we are glad to announce this federal funding, which will support the scientific community in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak that has devastated our nation,” said the Senators.

The project, titled ‘RAPID: MolSSI COVID-19 Biomolecular Simulation Data and Algorithm Consortium,’ will help speed up the identification and development of leads for antiviral drugs by allowing the biomolecular simulation community to share and utilize key data and resources to help analyze structural effects of genetic variation in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and inhibitors that can disrupt protein-protein interactions to viral entry into cells and adherence to surfaces that cause disease spread.

Specifically, the funding will help support a centralized repository for simulation-related data targeting the virus, host proteins, and potential pharmaceuticals. The federal dollars will also help fund a select set of MolSSI Software Seed Fellowships for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers targeting COVID-19-related software tools that operate on the data developed in the repository. 

More information about the project is available here.

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WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $1,854,974 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in supporting rural hospitals across the Commonwealth as they combat the COVID-19 crisis. The federal funding was made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $150 million to assist hospitals funded through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) respond to this public health emergency. 

“Hospitals everywhere are being squeezed during this pandemic, but those in rural areas face an additional set of challenges as they strive to make the most of limited resources to treat patients and fight this crisis,” said the Senators. “We are very pleased to see this funding go towards helping rural hospitals in Virginia keep their doors open to the community and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Per the CARES Act, this flexible funding can be used to expand testing and laboratory services as well as to purchase of personal protective equipment to minimize COVID-19 exposure. 

The funding was awarded through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) which helps states support rural hospitals with 49 beds or fewer. SHIP allows small rural hospitals to become or join accountable care organizations (ACOs), participate in shared savings programs, and purchase health information technology (hardware and software), equipment, and/or training to comply with quality improvement activities such as advancing patient care information, promoting interoperability, and payment bundling.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded more than $156 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education to support Virginia students. The federal funding was made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support students, colleges, and universities as they cope with the immediate effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“This critical funding will help colleges and universities provide Virginia students with the support they need during this unprecedented time,” said the Senators. “We are pleased to see these resources go towards helping provide emergency financial aid for Virginia students, and we will keep fighting for the additional resources our educational institutions need in a future package.”

The CARES Act established a nearly $14 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Of this amount, approximately $12.6 billion is allocated for Direct Grants to Institutions of Higher Education. Of this amount, half must be used “to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” The U.S. Department of Education has made available the first half of the $12.6 billion that must go directly to students attending colleges and universities nationwide.

Of the total $312.9 million in funding that Virginia institutions will receive in Direct Grants to Institutions of Higher Education, this initial $156.5 million must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants to help cover costs associated with the closures of Virginia’s institutions due to COVID-19, including course materials, food, health care, technology, housing, and other basic essentials. 

This funding will be distributed as follows:

School

Funding Amount:

George Mason University

                       10,427,512 

Virginia Commonwealth University

                       10,144,499 

Northern Virginia Community College

                       10,014,352 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

                         9,699,494

Ecpi University

                         8,381,184

Old Dominion University

                         7,774,451

Liberty University

                         7,602,562

James Madison University

                         6,040,329

Tidewater Community College

                         5,999,978

University Of Virginia

                         5,858,355

Radford University

                         4,546,102

Chamberlain University

                         4,003,665

Norfolk State University

                         3,450,858

Virginia State University

                         3,427,905

Strayer University

                         2,896,061

Devry University

                         2,356,884

Hampton University

                         2,132,171

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

                         2,075,592

College Of William & Mary

                         1,974,134

Thomas Nelson Community College

                         1,926,985

John Tyler Community College

                         1,724,392

Longwood University

                         1,610,289

Christopher Newport University

                         1,446,968

University Of Mary Washington

                         1,444,341

Germanna Community College

                         1,434,355

Virginia Western Community College

                         1,381,649

Stratford University

                         1,344,918

University Of Richmond

                         1,212,773

Fortis College

                         1,179,890

Lord Fairfax Community College

                         1,159,802

Virginia Union University

                         1,125,839

Marymount University

                         1,037,469

Centura College

                         1,034,606

Shenandoah University

                         1,020,101

University Of Lynchburg

                            987,990

Piedmont Virginia Community College

                            946,219

Blue Ridge Community College

                            931,016

Central Virginia Community College

                            908,909

Bridgewater College

                            899,990

Roanoke College

                            888,800

Southside Virginia Community College

                            838,923

Ferrum College

                            836,808

Southwest Virginia Community College

                            835,768

New River Community College

                            829,082

Danville Community College

                            802,111

Regent University

                            783,664

American National University

                            754,119

Virginia Wesleyan University

                            746,604

Patrick Henry Community College

                            741,862

Virginia Highlands Community College

                            699,385

Mountain Empire Community College

                            697,462

Emory & Henry College

                            631,120

Southern Virginia University

                            628,603

Tidewater Tech

                            621,653

Wytheville Community College

                            608,738

Rappahannock Community College

                            574,596

Virginia Military Institute

                            566,346

Mary Baldwin University

                            560,343

Randolph - Macon College

                            529,119

Averett University

                            527,830

Washington And Lee University

                            522,522

Eastern Mennonite University

                            446,713

Richard Bland College

                            410,367

Hollins University

                            399,857

University Of Virginia'S College At Wise (The)

                            394,483

Bluefield College

                            345,576

Hampden Sydney College

                            339,954

Randolph College

                            332,437

Columbia College

                            304,706

Edward Via Virginia College Of Osteopathic Medicine

                            294,902

Aviation Institute Of Maintenance

                            265,006

Standard Healthcare Services, College Of Nursing

                            258,155

Paul D. Camp Community College

                            256,309

Advanced Technology Institute

                            239,720

Dabney S Lancaster Community College

                            222,282

Chester Career College

                            215,795

Aviation Institute Of Maintenance

                            200,866

Rudy & Kelly Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School

                            189,470

Virginia University Of Lynchburg

                            178,959

Riverside College Of Health Careers

                            173,096

Eastern Shore Community College

                            169,168

Eastern Virginia Medical School

                            164,827

Eastern Virginia Career College

                            142,239

Sweet Briar College

                            136,245

Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy

                            124,394

Paul Mitchell The School Roanoke

                            116,048

Centra College

                            114,790

Saint Michael College Of Allied Health

                            109,860

Sentara College Of Health Sciences

                              89,280

Tomorrow'S Image Barber & Beauty Academy Of Virginia

                              77,823

American Massage & Bodywork Institute

                              75,979

Chrysm Institute Of Esthetics (The)

                              71,012

Bon Secours Memorial College Of Nursing

                              70,535

Southside College Of Health Sciences

                              68,544

Henrico County-Saint Mary'S Hospital School Of Practical Nursing

                              55,215

Iglobal University

                              47,519

Culpeper Cosmetology Training Center

                              41,841

Virginia University Of Integrative Medicine

                              39,718

Fairfax University Of America

                              39,148

Esthetic Institute (The)

                              38,861

Northern Virginia School Of Therapeutic Massage

                             35,995

Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy

                              34,171

Cayce/Reilly School Of Massage

                              30,794

Appalachian College Of Pharmacy

                              30,552

Avi Career Training

                              26,599

Wave Leadership College

                              23,758

Luckes Beauty Academy

                              22,630

Union Presbyterian Seminary

                              20,805

Appalachian School Of Law

                              20,805

Virginia School Of Hair Design

                              20,024

Another Level Barbering And Cosmetology School

                              18,966

Central School Of Practical Nursing

                              15,592

Institute Of Advanced Medical Esthetics

                              15,313

Suffolk Beauty Academy

                              14,328

Staunton School Of Cosmetology

                              14,189

School Board - City Of Va. Beach, Va. Beach School Of Prctl. Nrsg.

                              14,037

Sovah School Of Health Professions

                              11,643

Bon Secours St Mary'S Hospital School Of Medical Imaging

                              11,295

Bethel College

                                9,771

Divine Mercy University

                                6,325

Virginia Beach Theological Seminary

                                1,535

University Of Management And Technology (The)

                                1,347

 

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $309,729,392 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide economic relief to 47 airports across the Commonwealth. 

“The COVID-19 crisis has affected every aspect of our economy and our airports are no exception. In fact, the necessary precautions we have taken to slow the spread of the virus have hit our airports especially hard,” said the Senators. “That’s why we’re glad to know that airports across Virginia will be able to count on some economic relief so that they can continue critical safety projects. These funds will also help make sure that once this crisis is over, airports can safely resume serving Virginians and individuals traveling in and out of the Commonwealth.”

The CARES Act, which was supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine, includes $10 billion in funds for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to provide relief for eligible U.S. airports affected by the prevention, preparation, and response surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will be distributed as follows:

 

Locality

Airport Name

Funding Amount:

Abingdon

Virginia Highlands

$69,000

Arlington

Ronald Reagan Washington National

$85,708,037

Ashland

Hanover County Municipal

$30,000

Blacksburg

Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive

$69,000

Brookneal

Brookneal/Campbell County

$1,000

Charlottesville-Albemarle 

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport

$6,279,972

Chesapeake

Chesapeake Regional

$69,000

Chesapeake

Hampton Roads Executive

$69,000

Chesterfield

Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County

$69,000

Culpeper

Culpeper Regional

$30,000

Danville

Danville Regional

$69,000

Dublin

New River Valley

$30,000

Dulles

Washington Dulles International

$143,395,227

Farmville

Farmville Regional

$30,000

Front Royal

Front Royal-Warren County

$30,000

Halifax

William M Tuck

$20,000

Highland Springs

Richmond International

$18,814,584

Hillsville

Twin County

$20,000

Hot Springs

Ingalls Field

$20,000

Isle of Wight

Franklin Regional

$30,000

Jonesville

Lee County

$20,000

Leesburg

Leesburg Executive

$69,000

Louisa

Louisa County/Freeman Field

$30,000

Luray

Luray Caverns

$30,000

Manassas

Manassas Regional/Harry P Davis Field

$157,000

Mattaponi

Middle Peninsula Regional

$30,000

Melfa

Accomack County

$30,000

Moonlight

Emporia-Greensville Regional

$1,000

Newport News

Newport News/Williamsburg International

$4,135,878

Norfolk

Norfolk International

$19,847,270

Orange

Orange County

$30,000

Quinton

New Kent County

$30,000

Richlands

Tazewell County

$20,000

Roanoke

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional/Woodrum Field

$20,709,748

Smyth (County)

Mountain Empire

$30,000

South Hill

Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional

$30,000

Spencer

Blue Ridge

$69,000

Stafford

Stafford Regional

$30,000

Suffolk

Suffolk Executive

$30,000

Sutherland

Dinwiddie County

$30,000

Tangier

Tangier Island

$20,000

Tappahannock

Tappahannock-Essex County

$30,000

Timberlake

Lynchburg Regional/Preston Glenn Field

$6,647,475

Warrenton

Warrenton-Fauquier

$69,000

Weyers Cave

Shenandoah Valley Regional

$2,652,201

Winchester

Winchester Regional

$69,000

Wise

Lonesome Pine

$30,000

CARES Act funding will allow airports to meet ongoing needs including retaining workers, managing operation and maintenance, and paying for cleaning supplies in the midst of severe financial challenges brought on by COVID-19. Sens. Warner and Kaine have long fought for increased investments to infrastructure, including for Virginia’s airports, and have pushed back against the Trump Administration’s suggested budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $52,292,406 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing throughout Virginia. The funding is part of the first allocation of grants from the coronavirus relief package signed into law last week.

“We’re pleased to see significant funding go directly towards supporting Virginians with affordable housing during this pandemic,” said the Senators. “We will continue fighting to ensure people across the Commonwealth get the federal assistance they need.”

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through three grant programs – the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.

The funding will be awarded as shown below.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The following localities will receive funding through the CDBG program:

Recipient

Amount

Alexandria

$671,570.00

Blacksburg

$314,277.00

Bristol

$159,013.00

Charlottesville

$246,699.00

Chesapeake

$690,158.00

Christiansburg

$62,234.00

Colonial Heights

$62,237.00

Danville

$517,740.00

Fredericksburg

$115,302.00

Hampton

$587,909.00

Harrisonburg

$314,293.00

Hopewell

$123,919.00

Lynchburg

$420,487.00

Newport News

$769,836.00

Norfolk

$2,653,164.00

Petersburg

$371,969.00

Portsmouth

$949,655.00

Radford

$105,448.00

Richmond

$2,683,549.00

Roanoke

$1,056,225.00

Staunton

$207,590.00

Suffolk

$282,715.00

Virginia Beach

$1,209,508.00

Waynesboro city

$114,079.00

Winchester

$133,624.00

Arlington County

$830,027.00

Chesterfield County

$861,295.00

Fairfax County

$3,506,542.00

Henrico County

$1,017,678.00

Loudoun County

$831,931.00

Prince William County

$1,585,562.00

Virginia Nonentitlement

$10,993,780.00

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides annual grants to state, local, and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. In addition to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, the ESG program also provides limited funding for street outreach as well as for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters. The following localities will receive funding through the ESG program: 

Recipient

Amount

Norfolk

$1,328,583.00

Richmond

$1,351,959.00

Roanoke

$525,434.00

Virginia Beach

$606,131.00

Fairfax County

$1,699,586.00

Henrico County

$508,566.00

Prince William County

$791,662.00

Virginia Nonentitlement

$10,375,562.00

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, states, and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The following localities will receive funding through the HOPWA program:

Recipient

Amount

Richmond

$194,445.00

Virginia Beach

$282,244.00

Virginia Nonentitlement

$178,219.00

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,844,898 in federal funding to support residents of public housing in five cities across Virginia. The funding, awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program, helps individuals and families work towards economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. The program aims to help residents increase earned income and enhance their quality of life.

“This federal funding is important to help Virginians build self-sufficiency and make economic progress,” the Senators said. “We’re pleased to see this investment go towards making sure more people across the Commonwealth have access to these supportive services.”

The Virginia housing authorities that will receive funding are listed below:

City                            Virginia Housing Authority Recipient                                      Amount

Hopewell                  Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority                   $230,916.00

Norfolk                      Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority                       $478,500.00

Portsmouth               Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority                $239,250.00

Bristol                         Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority                         $178,482.00

Richmond                  Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority                  $717,750.00

 

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $322,855 in federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – the federal agency for volunteering and service – to expand the impact of national service in Richmond, Roanoke, Christiansburg, and Tazewell, Va. The funding, awarded through a Senior Corps grant competition, will support 831 Virginia volunteers in the RSVP Program – one of America’s largest volunteer networks for people 55 and older.

“We are happy to announce that this funding will support a number of Virginia organizations in engaging seniors to help strengthen our communities,” said the Senators.

The funding will be awarded as below.

Grantee

Locality

Funding

Volunteers

Clinch Valley Community Action Inc.

North Tazewell

$82,500

83

Clinch Valley Community Action Inc.

North Tazewell

$78,866

128

Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging

Richmond

$58,446

220

Montgomery County Board of Supervisors

Christiansburg

$56,043

300

Council of Community Services

Roanoke

$47,000

100

Total:

 

$322,855

831

The RSVP Program, one of the largest volunteer networks for people 55 and over, engages volunteers to use their skills and experience to tackle a diverse range of activities. Volunteers recruit and manage other volunteers, mentor and tutor disadvantaged children, respond to natural disasters, support workforce development by providing job readiness training, offer free tax preparation, and more.

Senior Corps opens doors for Americans who might not otherwise have the opportunity to serve their community due to financial or other barriers. While serving, Senior Corps volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engages millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs and leads volunteer and civic engagement initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $94,523,140 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing throughout Virginia. This funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was awarded through four grant programs – the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program, the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.

“We are very glad to see nearly $95 million dollars go towards supporting access to affordable housing for folks with the highest need in localities throughout Virginia,” said the Senators. “We will continue fighting for grant opportunities that help promote accessible housing in the Commonwealth, including the Community Development Block Grant Program, which the President has proposed eliminating in next year’s budget.”

The funding will be awarded as below.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons:

Recipient

Amount

 

Alexandria

$1,141,608

Arlington County

$1,410,969

Blacksburg

$534,243

Bristol

$270,304

Charlottesville

$419,367

Chesapeake

$1,173,205

Chesterfield County

$1,464,122

Christiansburg

$105,791

Colonial Heights

$105,797

Danville

$880,085

Fairfax County

$5,960,799

Fredericksburg

$196,004

Hampton

$999,391

Harrisonburg

$534,269

Henrico County

$1,729,959

Hopewell

$210,670

Loudoun County

$1,414,208

Lynchburg

$714,865

Newport News

$1,308,649

Norfolk

$4,510,021

Petersburg

$632,301

Portsmouth

$1,614,295

Prince William County

$2,695,308

Radford

$179,253

Richmond

$4,561,838

Roanoke

$1,795,505

Staunton

$352,891

Suffolk

$480,588

Virginia Beach

$2,056,051

Virginia Nonentitlement

$18,711,859

Waynesboro city

$193,941

Winchester

$227,149

 

Total CDBG:

 

$58,585,305

The HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to states and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities:

Recipient

Amount

 

 

Alexandria

$585,127

Arlington County

$763,647

Blacksburg

$616,181

Charlottesville

$644,752

Chesapeake

$541,217

Chesterfield County

$603,376

Danville

$268,392

Fairfax County

$2,141,854

Hampton

$535,029

Henrico County

$919,624

Lynchburg

$424,288

Newport News

$768,487

Norfolk

$1,271,867

Portsmouth

$429,589

Prince William County

$939,588

Richmond

$1,609,365

Roanoke

$676,053

Suffolk

$386,943

Virginia Beach

$1,071,400

Virginia Nonentitlement

$10,662,286

Winchester

$594,194

 

Total HOME:

 

$26,453,259

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides annual grants to state, local, and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. In addition to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, the ESG program also provides limited funding for street outreach as well as for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters:

Recipient

Amount

 

 

Fairfax County

$492,880

Henrico County

$147,484

Norfolk

$385,289

Prince William County

$229,582

Richmond

$392,068

Roanoke

$152,376

Virginia Beach

$175,778

Virginia Nonentitlement

$3,008,913

 

Total ESG:

 

$4,984,370

 

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, states and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS:

 

Recipient

Amount

 

 

Richmond

$1,336,130

Virginia Beach

$1,939,442

Virginia Nonentitlement

$1,224,634

 

Total HOPWA:

 

$4,500,206

 

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $4,850,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend a runway at the Virginia Highlands Airport in Washington County, Va.

“We are glad to announce that these federal dollars will go towards extending Runway 06/24 at Virginia Highlands Airport, making it easier for folks to travel in and out of Southwest Virginia,” said the Senators. “We will continue to work to secure grant opportunities that help strengthen the infrastructure of Virginia’s airports, including those awarded by the Airport Improvement Program, which the President has proposed eliminating in his recent budget.”  

 The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, which supports infrastructure improvement projects at airports across the nation, including the construction and rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, and aprons. Sens. Warner and Kaine have long fought for increased investments to infrastructure, including for Virginia’s airports, and have pushed back against the Trump Administration’s suggested budget cuts to DOT to ensure that critical upgrades like these can happen. Additionally, last year, Sen. Warner introduced a bill to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure, create jobs, and generate economic stimulus.

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WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,056,299 in federal funding to support the development of 11 housing units in Frederick County to provide affordable housing to lower-income elderly households. The funding, available through the Section 202 program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will allow older adults to live independently while also receiving supportive services.

“We are pleased that these federal funds will provide support for affordable housing in Frederick County,” said the Senators. “These new housing units will help improve the quality of life for older adults in the community.”

The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program provides capital advances to finance the development of housing for low-income elderly residents. The program expands the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly such as cleaning, cooking, and transportation.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,549,891 in federal funding for the University of Virginia (UVA) and Virginia Tech to improve resources for the U.S. agricultural industry and rural communities. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT) Initiative, which focuses on data-driven solutions to address problems facing the agricultural industry.

“We’re pleased to announce this funding to focus on strengthening our country’s agricultural industry and lifting up rural communities,” said the Senators. “Agriculture is a significant part of Virginia’s economy, and we’re excited to see UVA and Virginia Tech receive significant investments to boost this critical industry.”

The funding will be awarded as below:

  • $999,975 for the University of Virginia to support a 10-week program for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and professionals to learn how to use data science to better address agricultural, economic, and social issues facing rural America. The funding will help the program create a workforce trained in analytics so they can better utilize data to strengthen their communities.
  •  $499,952 for the University of Virginia to better understand America’s agricultural commodity flows and their role in the spread of invasive species, which is important for food security and economic stability. This project will help provide policy makers with guidance to better address vulnerabilities in food systems.
  • $49,964 for Virginia Tech to safeguard the agriculture and food bioeconomy from cyber threats. The bioeconomy – innovation in biological sciences to boost economic activity – is estimated at approximately 25% of U.S. GDP.

According to the USDA, “FACT focuses on data science to enable systems and communities to effectively utilize data, improve resource management, and integrate new technologies and approaches to further U.S. food and agriculture enterprises. Projects funded through FACT will work to examine the value of data for small and large farmers, agricultural and food industries, and gain an understanding of how data can impact the agricultural supply chain, reduce food waste and loss, improve consumer health, environmental and natural resource management, affect the structure of U.S. food and agriculture sectors, and increase U.S. competitiveness.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $306,492 in federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support two new AmeriCorps VISTA projects in Lynchburg and Abingdon. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program dedicated to reducing poverty in America.

“We’re pleased to announce these grants to strengthen valuable volunteer work in these regions,” the Senators said. “This funding will help local organizations support vulnerable communities and extend crucial opportunities to those in need.”

  • In Lynchburg, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg will receive $95,392 to increase access to services for low-income youth. The funding will also help VISTA members develop a volunteer management system at three non-profit organizations to better recruit volunteers. Sen. Warner visited the Boys & Girls club in March 2018.
  • In Abingdon, the Friends of Southwest Virginia will receive $211,100 to boost job readiness by supporting job training and community development programs. The funding will help VISTA volunteers build stronger community partnerships, helping foster economic growth in the community.

AmeriCorps VISTA works with non-profit organizations, schools, or local government agencies to support anti-poverty efforts. Volunteers focus on reducing homelessness, increasing access to job opportunities, and improving students’ academic performance for communities in need.

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $286.9 million in federal funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete long-standing projects in Buchanan and Dickenson counties. The funding is made available through the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, a bipartisan bill supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine that was signed into law on June 6, 2019 to help communities construct flood and storm damage reduction projects.

“We’re pleased to announce these federal funds to support the completion of critical flooding mitigation projects in Dickenson and Buchanan counties,” said the Senators. “Once completed, these projects will better protect schools, local businesses, and homes from potential flood damage.”

Buchanan County will receive $235.6 million in supplemental funding to complete the Hurley High School Floodproofing Agreement as well as the Buchanan County Career and Technical Center Relocation Agreement. Funds will also be used to implement voluntary floodproofing and acquisition actions for up to 730 residential and commercial structures.

Dickenson County will receive $51.3 million in supplemental funding that will be used to relocate the Haysi Municipal Building and implement voluntary floodproofing and acquisition actions for up to 218 residential and commercial structures.

As a result of the 1977 flood that caused roughly $257 million in damages across Dickenson and Buchanan counties and several states, Congress authorized flood-protection measures in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations (WRDA) Act of 1981. Section 202 of the bill directed the Secretary of the Army to begin the design and construction of flood damage reduction measures of the Tug and Levisa Forks of the Big Sandy River Basin that stretches into Southwest Virginia. Today’s announcement will help Buchanan and Dickenson counties fully fund their long-awaited projects.

In the Senate, Sens. Warner and Kaine have long supported legislation that makes water infrastructure rehabilitation projects like these possible. In 2018, the Senators voted to reauthorize WRDA to support critical water-related projects across the Commonwealth.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $437,900 in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) maintain, protect, and improve the water quality of its rivers, lakes, streams, groundwater, and other waterbodies.

“We are glad to see these federal dollars go towards maintaining healthy bodies of water across Virginia and making water quality assessment data more transparent and accessible,” said the Senators.

This funding will assist the Virginia DEQ in preventing the degradation and reducing the number of impaired waterbodies in the Commonwealth. It will help create a user-friendly interface to complete water quality assessments and provide stakeholders and the general public easy access to water monitoring assessment data. It will also help establish flood probability zones based on tide records and sea level rise projections, as well as map well locations and assess potential flood risks at intervals through 2100. Additionally, it will allow the Commonwealth to develop database guidance and analytical protocols for extending analysis to other localities.

The funding was awarded through a Water Pollution Control (Section 106) grant, which provides assistance to states and interstate agencies in establishing and maintaining adequate measures for prevention and control of surface and ground water pollution from both point and nonpoint sources.  

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $96,425 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the loading and unloading of barges and research vessels at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Wallops Island. The grant was awarded through the Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway grant program.

“We are glad to see these federal dollars go towards helping equip MARS with the resources it needs to continue to carry out important operations and research,” said the Senators. “We have no doubt that with this funding, this facility will continue to help boost our nation’s competitiveness in aeronautics.”

“Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority is pleased to learn through Senator Warner’s office that grant funding was awarded from the America’s Marine Highway Program to fund the design and engineering of a new dock/ramp located at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Unmanned Systems Airfield on Wallops Island. MARAD should be applauded for leaning forward, uniquely leveraging funds to enhance the M-95 highway by embracing Virginia’s Spaceport and its vision to become a truly intermodal hub with access via Land, Space, Air, and now Sea,” said Virginia Space CEO and Executive Director Dale Nash.

The funding will be used to design a new 520’ long x 30’ wide access trestle and combination dock/ramp to support the loading and unloading of barges and research vessels at MARS. In addition, funds will be used for engineering and consulting services for the integration of the MARS Port with the UAS runway on the north end of Wallops Island.

The Marine Highway Program seeks to expand the use of America's navigable waters by working closely with public and private organizations to develop and expand marine highway service options and facilitate their further integration into the current U.S. surface transportation system, especially where water-based transport is the most efficient, effective and sustainable option. It also works to highlight the benefits, increase public awareness and promote waterways as a viable (in some cases a superior) alternative to "landside" shipping and transportation options.

Sens. Warner and Kaine have been longtime advocates of Virginia’s space launch facilities. In 2014, the Senators secured $20 million in funding for Wallops Flight Facility to support repairs following a launch failure in October 2014 that caused significant damage to a MARS launch pad. Additionally, last April, Sen. Warner was joined by Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in touring MARS Pad 0A and a newly-constructed MARS payload processing facility on Wallops Flight Facility. Senator Kaine also toured the facility last May, where he met with Wallops staff to discuss infrastructure improvements in preparation for upcoming missions, construction on the Rocket Lab’s launch pad, and new capabilities at the airfield. Sen. Warner, co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus, has also introduced bipartisan legislation to support innovation, research and development in the aeronautics industry occurring at Wallops. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $883,881 in federal funding from a collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The funding will help homeless veterans find affordable and stable housing.

“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our nation, and we owe them our support as they make the transition to civilian life,” the Senators said. “We’re pleased to announce this funding to help those who have served get access to safe and affordable housing.”

The funding will be awarded as follows:

  • Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $38,883 for 5 housing units.
  • Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $37,583 for 5 housing units.
  • Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $31,701 for 5 housing units.
  • Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $42,294 for 5 housing units.
  • Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $35,633 for 5 housing units.
  • Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $26,356 for 5 housing units.
  • Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $25,139 for 5 housing units.
  • Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $37,620 for 5 housing units.
  • Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $304,980 for 25 housing units.
  • Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority will receive $34,024 for 5 housing units.
  • Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation will receive $38,464 for 5 housing units.
  • Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development will receive $231,204 for 20 housing units.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines rental assistance voucher programs for homeless veterans administered by HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $1,197,247 in rural development funding to further telemedicine at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, VCU Health’s Community Memorial Hospital in Mecklenburg County, Va. and the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens in Tazewell County, Va. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

“Telehealth services have the power to decrease travel time and increase access to specialized health care in some of Virginia’s most underserved communities,” said the Senators. “We are thrilled to see these grants go to boosting telemedicine services and provider training at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, VCU’s Community Memorial Hospital, and the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens.”

The funding will be awarded as below:

  • $154,600 for the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens to provide telemedicine services to low-income elderly and disabled individuals who will attend the adult day care facility located in Falls Mills. The facility will provide medical care, nutrition services, and day care and care coordination, while also providing economic development for the community and educational opportunities for the public. This rural investment will benefit approximately 25,000 residents at nine sites across a four-county area.
  • $397,668 for the University of Virginia to enable the Rector and Visitors Center to implement the Virginia Telemedicine Network for Cardio-metabolic disease, Opioid Use Disorder, Ophthalmology, Black Lung Disease and Cancer. The University of Virginia Health System (UVAHS) will serve as the hub site to deliver health care services and training to 19 community health care providers in 12 counties, including federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and free clinics that serve economically distressed regions of Virginia. This project will reach 750,000 rural residents.
  • $500,000 for George Mason University to implement a telemedicine project to provide training of medical professionals in the area of opioid dependency and treatment. This program will serve a population of almost 177,000 residents across Virginia and West Virginia.
  • $144,979 for Community Memorial Hospital to create the Rural Center for Integrated Telemedicine. This center will provide medical services via interactive video conferencing equipment, to four sites in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and will benefit approximately 11,000 residents.

The USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Applicants eligible for Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants include most State and local governmental entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, for-profit businesses and consortia of eligible entities.

Sens. Warner and Kaine have been strong advocates for rural communities and health care access in the Commonwealth. Last year, the Senators saw through the passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which included a provision by Sen. Warner to expand telehealth services for substance abuse treatment. Additionally, Sen. Warner introduced legislation – cosponsored by Sen. Kaine – last month to expand telehealth services through Medicare, make it easier for patients to connect with their doctors, and help cut costs for patients and providers. Sen. Kaine also introduced legislation to expand health care to rural areas through telehealth. The bill passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in June as part of the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019. And in 2003, then-Gov. Warner expanded Medicaid coverage for telemedicine statewide, including evaluation and management visits, a range of individual psychotherapies, the full range of consultations, and some clinical services, including in cardiology and obstetrics.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $391,400 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for rural business development and public safety.

“We’re pleased to announce these grants to strengthen local businesses and public safety in the Commonwealth,” the Senators said. “This federal assistance will go directly towards supporting local entrepreneurs and law enforcement in Virginia.”

$277,200 in funding comes from USDA’s Rural Business Development Grants program, which seeks to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging businesses in rural areas:

  • In Bedford, $76,000 will go towards a revolving loan fund to support small and emerging businesses in the area. The fund aims to expand local businesses to create new jobs and stimulate the local economy.
  • In Charlotte County, $126,200 will go towards the purchase of a refrigerated truck and a walk-in cooler for Southside Virginia Fruit and Vegetable Producers. The purchase would help distribute locally grown fresh produce to the community, while supporting the local farmers and assisting 12 businesses.
  • In Roanoke, $75,000 will go towards a revolving loan fund at The Advancement Foundation to assist small and emerging businesses located in Alleghany, Botetourt, and Buchanan Counties. The fund aims to expand local businesses to create new jobs and stimulate the local economy.

$114,200 in assistance comes from USDA’s Economic Impact Initiative Grant, which seeks to help further the development of essential community facilities in rural areas with extreme unemployment or severe economic depression:

  • In Craig County, $25,000 will go towards the purchase of a sheriff's vehicle and equipment. Craig County currently has a patrol car that is no longer deemed be safe or reliable. This purchase will benefit 1,016 people.
  • In Clintwood, $21,000 will go towards the purchase of 10 sets of new turnout gear and related equipment to meet the safety requirements for the fire department. The department’s current equipment no longer meets safety requirement and needs to be replaced to ensure the safety of volunteers. This purchase will benefit 1,414 people.
  • In Grayson County, $19,200 will go towards the purchase of a new properly equipped sheriff's vehicle. Several of the county’s current vehicles are no longer deemed to be safe or reliable. This purchase will benefit 15,533 people.
  • In Lebanon, $25,000 will go towards the purchase of a new properly equipped police vehicle. A number of the county’s current vehicles are no longer deemed to be safe or reliable. This purchase will benefit 3,424 people.
  • In Tazewell, $24,000 will go towards the purchase of a police vehicle. The current vehicles are no longer deemed to be safe or reliable. This purchase will benefit 4,627 people.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $23,979,453 in federal funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband to nearly 7,000 unserved homes and businesses in seven counties across Southwest Virginia.

 “The lack of broadband infrastructure continues to affect folks in rural Virginia, from business owners to students,” said the Senators. “In our evolving economy, broadband isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. That is why we’re glad to see these federal dollars go toward helping connect nearly 7,000 homes and businesses in Southwest Virginia.”

The funding will be distributed over ten years to support Sunset Digital Communications in providing minimum download speeds of 1 Gbps and minimum upload speeds of 500 Mbps. It will be awarded as listed below:

  • Buchanan County – $3,485,482 to serve 626 locations.
  • Dickenson County –$5,623,553 to serve 1617 locations.
  • Lee County – $3,351,835 to serve 1018 locations.
  • Russell County – $7,258,590 to serve 2556 locations.
  • Tazewell County – $2,900,697 to serve 714 locations.
  • Washington County – $57,143 to serve 9 locations.
  • Wise County – $1,302,153 to serve 404 locations.

The funding will be awarded as part of the Connect America Fund (CAF)’s Phase II – the second phase of an FCC program that seeks to expand access to voice and broadband services. CAF provides funding to providers to subsidize the cost of building new network infrastructure or performing network upgrades to expand voice and broadband service in areas where it is lacking. Across the Commonwealth, the FCC has authorized more than $108.5 million to expand broadband to 39,658 rural homes and businesses. 

Under this subsidy, providers are required to build out to 40 percent of the assigned homes and businesses within three years. Buildout must increase by 20 percent in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year of support.

Sens. Warner and Kaine have been strong supporters of expanding broadband access in Virginia as Governors and Senators, and have encouraged President Trump to include broadband as part of any bipartisan infrastructure initiative.

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $375,000 in federal assistance to help advance an initiative in Charlottesville, Va. by the Charlottesville Food Justice Network to expand food access for youth and families, cultivate local food equity, and fuel and sustain economic empowerment through increased community-led urban agriculture. This funding, from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was awarded through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP), a program designed to fight food insecurity by supporting the development of community food projects that promote self-sufficiency for low-income communities.

“With more than 1 million Virginians living in low-income areas with little or no access to healthy foods, it’s clear that food equity remains a critical issue in our Commonwealth,” said the Senators. “We are thrilled to announce that the Charlottesville Food Justice Network will be receiving federal support to build long-lasting solutions to expand food security in Charlottesville.”

Led by Charlottesville Food Justice Network, the Just Food for US (United Society) initiative aims to create an equitable food system through citizen-led urban agriculture, market development, youth leadership, and cross-sectorial action for local food policy. This grant will support a multifaceted effort to employ food insecure adults and youth as food justice leaders, increase racial equity practices in 30+ local food system organizations, and expand resident-led urban food production, distribution, and market participation at 16 urban sites for 50,000 lbs. of produce. The initiative will also develop food policy recommendations and help enact these changes.

Sens. Warner and Kaine have been advocates for providing better resources to low-income, rural and urban communities who have limited or no access to nutritious foods. In March, Sen. Warner introduced the Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act (HFAAA) – legislation to incentivize food service providers like grocers, retailers, and nonprofits to expand access to nutritious foods in underserved communities. Earlier this year, Sens. Warner and Kaine, along with a group of 45 other Senators, urged the Trump administration to rescind a proposed rule that would take away nutrition benefits from Americans struggling to find stable employment.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $4,849,792 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through its Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative for communities in the Appalachian region of Virginia.

“We’re excited to support these investments to strengthen Virginia’s economy,” the Senators said. “This funding will help promote job growth, allow more people to access job training, and support rural businesses.”

The funding will be awarded as follows:

  • The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board in Lebanon, VA will receive $1,500,000 for the Recovery Opportunities and Pathways to Employment Success (ROPES) project. The ROPES program combines recovery and treatment from substance abuse with reemployment opportunities and workforce development to create a recovery-to-employment pathway.
  • Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) in Christiansburg, VA will receive $1,039,500 for the Opportunity Appalachia project. ACC has worked with five organizations, including the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, to develop a program that helps bring investment funding to federally designated Opportunity Zones in Central Appalachia. The initiative is estimated to bring in approximately $7.5 million in new investment in Central Appalachian coal communities, and will invest in 15 businesses and create 720 jobs, 70 of which are estimated to be for people recovering from substance abuse.
  • Appalachian Headwaters will receive $622,280 for the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective Diversification and Expansion project. Appalachian Headwaters aims to expand its programs focused on the apiculture (honey and bee products) industry to five counties in the Appalachian region of Virginia and 17 counties in southern West Virginia. The project will develop a training and marketing program for new bee products and services as well as create a new processing and training hub in Southwest Virginia.
  • The BARC Electric Cooperative in Millboro, VA will receive $1,000,000 for the BARC Rural Economic Development via Broadband project. The project will bring broadband access to 8 businesses and 301 households in Goshen.
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) in Cedar Bluff, VA will receive $588,072 for the SWCC Automotive Service Excellence Center. The project will create a fast-track curriculum to prepare students for entry-level automobile technician positions.
  • The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission in Duffield, VA will receive $50,000 for the Technology Innovation Ecosystem for Rural Water Systems project. The project will identify innovative and emerging technologies that can be used to address potential leaks in small, rural public water systems.
  • Appalachian Voices will receive $49,940 for the Taking a Proven Energy Model to Scale project. The project will provide technical assistance to grow the emerging solar energy cluster in Central Appalachia. This funding will support a program in Southwest Virginia that helps building owners who want to use solar energy navigate the process of a commercial-scale solar installation. The program also pools purchasers together to reduce their costs.

The ARC’s POWER Initiative provides grants to communities that have been affected by severe job losses in the coal industry and the changing dynamics of America’s energy production. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest in the growth of new industries in Appalachia to diversify the region’s economy. Warner and Kaine have been strong advocates for a fully funded ARC so that it can continue to increase employment and economic opportunities for those living in Appalachia.

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