Sep 17 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $115,000 in grants to fire departments in Calhoun Falls, Greer and Kershaw. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help the fire departments improve their training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. Calhoun Falls Calhoun Falls Fire Department will receive $30,203. Greer City of Greer Fire Department will receive $74,293. Kershaw Kershaw Fire Department will receive $10,800. 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. ####

Sep 17 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Charleston will receive a $1 million grant and Savannah/Hilton Head will receive a $523,495 grant to improve air service to the respective regions. The funds for Charleston will be used to secure low-fare air services from Air Tran, and the Savannah/Hilton Head funds will be used to expand services to new routes. “Improving the air service in South Carolina is a great benefit to the state’s economy,” said Graham. “These awards will help bolster tourism and bring future business investment to the state.” The Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program was established to provide small communities with financial and other assistance to address air service issues, particularly those relating to insufficient air service or high fares. The Program affords communities the opportunity to develop their own solutions to their air service problems based on the community’s particular needs and circumstances. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina will receive a $297,154 grant to combat violence against women. The funds will be used to strengthen the University’s relationship violence and sexual assault program through collaboration with on-campus offices and local community agencies. The program will focus on five major objectives: Maintain and strengthen direct services for survivors, including maintenance of alternative housing space; Strengthen collaboration with off-campus law enforcement; Provide high quality response training sessions to law enforcement, campus judicial council members, medical staff and residential housing staff; Strengthen the mandatory prevention education program for first year students through the integration of technology into the workshop curriculum; and, Strengthen collaborative campus programming for the campus-wide awareness campaigns and targeted educational initiatives. “Violence against women and sexual assault on campuses is a serious issue,” said Graham, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights. “These crimes are often unreported, so it is vital we create an environment that encourages victims to come forward, provides the necessary support structure for victims, and educates the campus community about these crimes.” The Office for Sexual Health & Violence Prevention will assume primary responsibility for the implementation of this grant. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council will receive a $74,358 grant to combat drug and alcohol abuse among the area’s youth. The funds will be used to support the Fighting Back Coalition in achieving its goals of reducing substance abuse among youth and strengthening community anti-drug coalitions. Specifically, the money will be spent on the implementation of five strategies:
  • Continue to deliver the Transitions Program to area youth, designed to prepare junior and senior high students for issues they may face when entering college or the workforce;
  • Continue to administer the Media Literacy Program, which integrates media literacy messages with education;
  • Maintain the Prevention Resource Center clearinghouse which provides substance abuse information to members of the community free-of-charge;
  • Continue to utilize the Speaker’s Bureau to provide information to organizations and groups in the community; and
  • Increase coalition membership through active recruitment. “Substance abuse prevention programs are an important element in the successful development of South Carolina’s youth,” said Graham, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Florence County will receive a $499,697 grant to support the juvenile drug court in South Carolina’s twelfth judicial circuit. The court assists youths who struggle with substance abuse and criminal behavior by providing them with judicial supervision, intense alcohol and drug treatment, personal case managers, and community support. “This money will help ensure youthful drug offenders receive the supervision and treatment necessary to overcome addictions and curb illegal behavior,” said Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Education will receive $2.48 million in federal funds to support the development of the South Carolina Truancy and Dropout Prevention Initiative. The funds will be used to develop innovative technologies to identify and track youth at risk for truancy, to establish alternative community and school-based programs, and to create the South Carolina Center for Dropout and Truancy Prevention Programs. “The development of South Carolina’s youth is the key to future success in our state,” said Graham. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Congressional Earmark Program. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON – Home owners along South Carolina’s coast are closely watching the path of Hurricane Isabel to see where she will make landfall. Hurricanes of this magnitude usually do terrible damage costing millions of dollars and countless hours of cleanup and repairs. The effects of a powerful hurricane such as Isabel will probably be felt years after the storm has passed. One lasting effect felt by homeowners long after the cleanup is over, is the lack of affordable insurance. Often times after a natural disaster, insurance companies will pay homeowner claims and then make a business decision to not renew or issue new policies in an area fearing another catastrophic event. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today sought to alleviate this problem by introducing legislation to create a federal backstop for catastrophic risk insurance coverage. The legislation would ensure the availability of affordable homeowners insurance in areas like the South Carolina coast that are at risk from major natural disasters. “Natural disasters have the potential to create significant insolvency in the insurance industry and keep affordable property and casualty coverage out of reach for many American homeowners,” said Graham. “Homeowners along South Carolina’s coast and elsewhere should not be punished. We need to help insurance rates stay low enough to ensure all Americans can purchase the insurance they need to protect their families.” The bill divides the country into six regions. When an earthquake, hurricane or typhoon occurs in one of these areas, the U.S. Treasury Department would auction off reinsurance coverage to private and state insurance carriers in the region. This federally backed coverage would be cheaper than reinsurance coverage offered by private providers. Graham noted the bill allows private insurers, reinsurers, and capital market companies to participate in these auctions. “This bill will create competition in the reinsurance market,” said Graham. “Competition is good for consumers because it lowers prices and improves the product.” The program will require a one-time government outlay of $2 million. Afterward, it will be self-sustaining, operating on the proceeds from the auctions and investments. ####

Sep 12 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina will receive a $1.235 million grant for continuing education programs in bioterrorism training. The funds will be used to support programs designed to provide bioterrorism-related continuing education and training opportunities for practicing health care professionals. “As terrorist organizations continue to develop more sophisticated bioterror weapons, we must be able to respond to these threats,” said Graham. “These professionals will be called upon to treat and protect South Carolinians in the event an attack is carried out in our state. They deserve the best training available.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Sep 12 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Bamberg School District 2 will receive a $171,838 grant to improve school library collections. Graham is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee in the U.S. Senate. The funds will be used to implement the Lifelong Learning through Libraries Project at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district. The first priority of this project is to improve the book collection in each school to meet state and local reading standards. New material will be selected based on standards-based curriculum maps developed by teachers and curriculum specialists. The district will also develop school schedules to accommodate extended school media hours for students, teachers, and the community. “Reading is a vital part in the development of South Carolina’s youth,” said Graham. “This grant will help Bamberg County schools educate tomorrow’s leaders.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Sep 12 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Dillon School District 3 will receive a $240,940 grant to improve school libraries. Graham is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee in the U.S. Senate. The funds will be used to implement Project LEAP (Libraries Enriching Academic Performance). In addition to updating the library collections, the school libraries will start an after school program and summer enrichment program. “Reading is a vital part in the development of South Carolina’s youth,” said Graham. “This grant will help Dillon County schools educate tomorrow’s leaders.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####