Aug 22 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced Duncan Fire Department will receive a $180,525 Operations and Safety Program grant.

“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.”

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.

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 21 2007

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has been awarded a $4.9 million grant to support the state’s floodplain mapping project.

The grant of $4,906,361 will help improve South Carolina’s flood maps by creating more reliable, easy-to-use and readily available digital products. Modernized maps track actual risk more closely as well as assist new development and rebuilding efforts.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Floodplain Mapping Program will produce Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) for the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Hampton, Orangeburg, Williamsburg, Abbeville, Cherokee, Chester County, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Jasper, Lancaster, Laurens, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry and Union.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Aug 20 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $3.25 million in criminal justice grants for South Carolina.

Awards recipients include:

  • South Carolina Department of Corrections will receive a $1.25 million grant to create a Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification program.  The system will consist of a real-time data collection network, a central data processing facility, network monitoring/management capability, and two-way communications capability.
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will receive a $981,015 grant to help reduce the backlog of DNA analysis and forensic casework.
  • South Carolina Office of the Attorney General will receive a $500,000 grant to help combat Internet crimes against children.
  • National District Attorneys Association in Columbia will receive a $500,000 grant to assist in hosting two training conferences on domestic violence.

All grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Aug 20 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced nearly $2.3 million in port security and emergency management grants for South Carolina. 

South Carolina will receive:

  • $1,500,905 under the Port Security Grant Program to enhance security and risk management procedures at Charleston Harbor.
  • $794,378 under the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.  These funds can be used to improve mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for all hazards.

Both grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Aug 16 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced Glassy Mountain Fire Department in Landrum will receive a $258,734 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program grant.  The SAFER Program assists in the hiring of full time firefighters and supports the recruitment and retention of volunteer fire fighters.

“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 by providing them the means to recruit and retain dedicated professionals.”

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

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Aug 16 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $770,000 in grants to fire departments and rescue squads 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:

Aynor
Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad will receive a $136,539 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Belton
Rock Springs Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $124,097 Operations and Safety grant.

Chappells
Chappells Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $57,937 Operations and Safety grant.

Latta
Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $156,750 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Orangeburg
Four Holes Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $203,823 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Una
Una Fire Department will receive a $93,195 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 16 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Greenville County will receive a $222,678 grant to support law enforcement and court programs.

The county will use the funds for several purposes including:

  • Sheriff’s Office will purchase video editing equipment and ballistic helmets.
  • Department of Public Safety will hire part-time, temporary support to assist the Records Division.
  • Solicitor’s Office will use funds to continue the Adult Drug Court Program.

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

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Aug 16 2007

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Emergency Management Division will receive a $1,605,606 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant to help Seabrook Island protect their wastewater treatment plant from storm surge.

The project modifications include converting 12 non-submersible wastewater pumps to submersible pumps, the flood proofing of 24 existing electrical panels, and the flood proofing of other components in the wastewater treatment plant. These upgrades will provide protection from the 500-year coastal storm surge. By providing this level of protection, it will prevent wastewater overflow and back-up into the residences, businesses, marshes and wetlands located within the community.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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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 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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