WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program has awarded a $80,000 loan and $13,000 grant to the Village of DeGraff to finance the purchase of an XL truck that will be outfitted with a snowplow to maintain roads and public facilities throughout the village.

“This funding will help to improve infrastructure in rural Ohio communities,” Brown said. “We must ensure that our rural communities like DeGraff have the resources needed to improve the everyday lives of their residents.”

These funds are a part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.

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