COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced over $1 million in grants will be awarded to 13 counties in southeast Ohio.

It’s part of the Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. IT’s part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative which helps give affordable funding to create essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps rural small towns make infrastructure improvements and help provide essential facilities like schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycares.

A total of $1,127,000 will be awarded to several counties including Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, and Pike Counties.

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