Aug 16 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Charleston will receive a $200,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program.

Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization.

This is the second award for the North Charleston program which serves five neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug dealing, prostitution, theft, and other crimes; increasing community policing efforts through greater visibility and participation in community events; providing human service programs to address the needs of residents; improving the physical condition of the neighborhoods; and increasing homeownership.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced nearly $1.5 million in federal funds for projects in the Pee Dee.

Award recipients include:

Chesterfield County
The Town of Chesterfield will receive a $16,500 grant for the purchase of a new street sweeper.

Darlington County
The City of Darlington will receive a $58,650 grant for the purchase of a refuse collection vehicle.

Marion County
Marion Rescue Squad will receive a $194,000 loan and a $131,000 grant for the purchase of a new rescue truck.

Centenary Community Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $40,000 grant for the purchase of a new brush truck.

Marlboro County
Wallace Water Company will receive an $844,000 loan and a $171,500 grant for infrastructure improvements.  The funds will be used for the extension of water lines on SC Highway 38.  It will include 4,600 feet of 10-inch line; 9,500 feet of 8-inch line; 32,600 feet of 6-inch line; and 24,500 feet of 4-inch line.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced nearly $1 million for South Carolina recipients under the Drug Free Community Support Program (DFC).

The DFC program provides grants up to $100,000 to community coalitions to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse.

Award recipients include:

Cheraw
Chesterfield County Coordinating Council- $100,000

Clemson
Clemson University- $99,526

Columbia
Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council- $99,275
Richland School District 1- $99,997
School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties- $100,000

Florence
Florence City Committee on Alcohol & Drug Abuse- $76,013

Greenville
Greenville Family Partnership- $100,000

Greenwood
Community Initiatives Incorporated- $100,000

Lancaster
The Children’s Council- $98,021

Spartanburg
City of Spartanburg- $93,000

The grants were awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced four scientific research grants totaling more than $1.3 million for South Carolina colleges and universities.

Awards include:

  • Coastal Carolina University will receive $535,770 for a project entitled, "MRI: Acquisition of Marine Geophysical Instrumentation Suite for Seafloor Mapping and Bottom Boundary Layer Analysis."
  • College of Charleston will receive $392,175 for a project entitled, "Collaborative Research: Phytoplankton Community Dynamics and Physiological Status in the South Atlantic Subtropical Gyre and Benguela Upwelling Systems."
  • Winthrop University will receive $282,309 for a project entitled, "MRI: Acquisition of a Mass Spectrometer to Enhance Undergraduate Research and Student Research Training."
  • Clinton Junior College will receive $148,645 for a project entitled, "Targeted Infusion Grant to Add an Associate of Science Degree."

The grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $1.2 million in federal funds for projects in Allendale and Barnwell Counties.

Award recipients include:

Allendale
Allendale County will receive a $105,000 grant for the purchase of a new fire truck for the Town of Allendale.

The Town of Allendale will receive a $50,000 grant to for the purchase of four new police cars.  The town was previously awarded $55,000 and $108,040 grants for this project.

Barnwell
The Town of Olar will receive a $616,000 loan and $521,700 grant for water system improvements.  The funds will be used for the installation of a new storage tank in Olar, a new well in Govan, and new lines, hydrants, and taps in both towns.  Olar was previously awarded a $15,000 grant for this project.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina Research Foundation will receive seven scientific research grants totaling $3.8 million.

USC will receive:

  • $2,000,000 for a project entitled, "SC STEPs to STEM."
  • $514,498 for a project entitled, "In-Situ Classification of Bloom-Forming Phytoplankton by Imaging Multivariate Optical Computing (IMOC)."
  • $375,000 for a project entitled, “Synthesis of Functional Composite Nanofibers Templated by 1D Self-assembly of Tobacco Mosaic Virus."
  • $347,440 for a project entitled, "Collaboration: Rainfall-driven Intertidal Zone Carbon Cycling."
  • $329,754 for a project entitled, "Developmental Changes in the Strength of Infants' Object Representations."
  • $165,000 for a project entitled, "Collaborative Research: Development of New Heterogeneous Catalysts for NOx Storage and Reduction (NSR)."
  • $143,907 for a project entitled, "Highly effective representations for surface and solid spherical studies."

The grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $2 million in federal funds for projects in Orangeburg County.

Award recipients include:

Bowman
The town of Bowman will receive a $174,900 loan and a $100,000 Economic Impact Initiative grant to develop and renovate a nature park.

Elloree
Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center will receive a $40,000 grant for the installation of a passenger elevator.  The museum was previously awarded a $55,000 grant for this project in 2005.

Holly Hill
The town of Holly Hill will receive a $954,300 grant and an $832,000 loan for infrastructure improvements.  The funds will be used for the installation of an influent buffering basin, upgrading and repairing existing pump stations, repairing collection lines, and purchasing equipment.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development.

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Aug 10 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today welcomed the Bush administration’s announcement of a new offensive in the fight against illegal immigration.  The Department of Homeland Security today announced new rules that will help authorities combat illegal immigration and go after companies that hire illegal aliens.  Among the provisions is an effort to crackdown on the use of fake Social Security by requiring companies to fire employees who use such numbers to gain employment.

 

Graham said:

 

“I applaud the administration’s effort to crackdown on illegal immigration, especially the use of fake Social Security numbers by illegals to gain employment in the United States .  This problem is rampant in our country, and further proof we need a tamper-proof, biometric Social Security card.  I would like to encourage the administration to go one step further and significantly strengthen the documents workers must use to establish eligibility for employment.

 

“I hope Congress will understand that many sectors of our economy have labor shortages and need additional programs to provide a legal labor supply.  Also, a growing number of state and local jurisdictions are passing immigration laws that will make it hard to do business in our country.

 

“In light of these developments, I hope Congress will re-engage on the issue of immigration reform because we need to provide national solutions and remedies to our broken immigration system.”

 

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Aug 09 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $360,000 in grants to fire departments in South Carolina.

“Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham.  “These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.”

Grants were awarded in the following program areas:

Operations and Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The grants awarded include:

Abbeville
Sharon Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $34,493 Operations and Safety grant.

Calhoun Falls
Calhoun Falls Fire Department will receive a $33,034 Operations and Safety grant.

Kershaw
Kershaw Fire Department will receive a $60,610 Operations and Safety grant.

North
Sawyerdale Fire Department will receive a $203,538 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Parksville
Parksville Fire Department will receive a $29,796 Operations and Safety grant.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community.  The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. 

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction.  Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share.  The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions.   In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Aug 09 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $360,000 in grants to fire departments in South Carolina.

“Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham.  “These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.”

Grants were awarded in the following program areas:

Operations and Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The grants awarded include:

Abbeville
Sharon Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $34,493 Operations and Safety grant.

Calhoun Falls
Calhoun Falls Fire Department will receive a $33,034 Operations and Safety grant.

Kershaw
Kershaw Fire Department will receive a $60,610 Operations and Safety grant.

North
Sawyerdale Fire Department will receive a $203,538 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Parksville
Parksville Fire Department will receive a $29,796 Operations and Safety grant.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community.  The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. 

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction.  Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share.  The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions.   In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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