Jul 18 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $288,000 grant to Commun-i-care, Inc. of Columbia to support their mission of providing free health care and prescription drugs to low income South Carolinians. In 1993, Commun-i-care was created to provide pro bono physician visits and donated prescriptions to adults who do not receive Medicaid, qualify for Veterans Health Benefits and cannot afford health insurance. Commun-i-care partners with doctors, the South Carolina Free Clinic Association, eight pharmaceutical companies, and Quest Diagnostics. “This is a great investment in the health and well being of South Carolinians,” said Graham. “Commun-i-care is an example of citizens and businesses pulling together for the good of the community.” ####

Jul 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $225,000 grants to North Charleston and Spartanburg to support the Weed and Seed programs in each city. Weed and Seed is a strategy which 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. North Charleston: This is the third award for North Charleston program which serves four neighborhoods in the city. During this project period, program goals include participating in Operation Cease Fire with the U.S. Attorney’s Office; facilitating interaction and cooperation between the police and residents; focusing on youth education and family development efforts to assist children at a high risk for neglect, focusing on beautification efforts and the removal of blight from the area. Spartanburg: This is the second award for the Spartanburg program which serves the Arkwright and Forest Park areas of the city. During this project period, program goals include addressing youth gang activities and eliminating crime associated with gang organizations; coordinating neighborhood watch meetings; increasing parental involvement, improving educational performance, and bringing affordable health and human services to the area; and encouraging resident involvement in improving economic viability and preserving the residential housing stock of the neighborhood. “We need to ensure all our neighborhoods are safe from crime and drug abuse,” said Graham. “The programs funded through these grants take a unique approach to achieving that goal.” ####

Jul 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has awarded a $166,000 grant to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety to support improvements in juvenile justice programs. The funds, awarded through the State Challenge Activities Grant Program, provide incentive for states to develop, adopt, and improve programs in one or more of ten specified Challenge areas. The ten Challenge Activities are: Basic System Services, Access to Counsel, Community-Based Alternatives, Violent Juvenile Offender Facilities, Gender Specific Policies and Programs, State Ombudsman, Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Alternatives to School Suspension or Expulsion, Aftercare Services, and State Agency Coordination/Case Review System. “This grant will help ensure the juvenile justice programs in South Carolina are serving the needs of the state,” said Graham. ####

Jul 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $6.3 million contract to Hitt Contracting in North Charleston to construct three aircraft maintenance units (AMUs) at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. The proposed AMUs will consist of three identical buildings, each containing 12,000 square feet of gross area for a total of 36,000 square feet of new construction. The project also includes the demolition/relocation of approximately 41,000 square feet of existing aircraft maintenance facilities. The work will be performed in Sumter and is expected to be completed by June 2005. "The men and women who serve our country at Shaw deserve the best facilities available to support their mission," said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "They are an integral component of our nation’s defense capability." ####

Jul 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the South Carolina State Library a $2.1 million grant. The Library will administer the funds to programs that promote literary arts. Awards are made to each state according to a population-based formula. States provide at least $1.00 for every $2.00 of federal support. Highlights of how the IMLS funds will be used:
  • South Carolina Humanities Council: Funds will support Let’s Talk About It, part of the South Carolina Public Library Literary Arts Program. Let’s Talk About It offers 24 book discussion series and are available at all South Carolina public libraries. Working particularly with smaller rural libraries on funding, promoting, and presenting these book discussion series, Let’s Talk About It reaches an underserved population. Funds will also support the South Carolina Book Festival and the Palmetto Book Alliance. The festival promotes the literary heritage of South Carolina and the region. The Palmetto Book Alliance, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, seeks to establish itself as the clearinghouse for readers, writers, and all South Carolina literary events.
  • South Carolina State Library: Funds will support the library’s role in children’s literacy programs and increases public awareness of valuable programming. “The gift of reading is a vital part of educational and social development,” said Graham. “This grant will support programs that encourage and promote literacy among children and adults, and help bring the joy of reading to all South Carolinians.”
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Jul 10 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $25 million rural development loan for Edisto Electric Cooperative in Bamberg. The funds will be used to construct additions and modifications to the existing electric transmission system, build 299 miles of new distribution lines, and make other improvements to the system. The upgrades will serve over 3,200 new customers. Graham noted that according to USDA statistics, 23 jobs are created for every $1 million dollars of Federal investment in electric infrastructure. “This is great news for Bamberg and the surrounding area,” said Graham. “The money invested in this project will enable the Edisto Electric Co-op to better serve its customers, and make the area more attractive for future economic development.” ####

Jul 10 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $560,000 Ryan White Title IV Program grant to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for AIDS treatment programs. The grant is authorized by the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, first authorized in 1990. The programs funded under this legislation work with cities, states and local community-based organizations to provide services to approximately 533,000 individuals each year who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. CARE Act programs are required to serve women, infants, children and youth living with HIV disease, but Title IV addresses the needs of these populations specifically. Services include:
  • Primary and specialty medical care;
  • Psychosocial services;
  • Logistical support and coordination; and
  • Outreach and case management. “These grants are an important tool in the fight against this deadly disease,” said Graham. ####

Jul 09 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the Lee County Fire Department in Bishopville a $34,938 grant for fire prevention programs. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant can be used for public education and awareness activities, fire codes enforcement activities, fire inspector certifications, the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildland fire mitigation, and arson prevention and detection activities. “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 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. ####

Jul 09 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department in Blacksburg a $45,383 grant for fire operations and firefighter safety programs. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant can be used to help the fire department improve training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase firefighting and personal protective equipment; and make modifications to fire stations and facilities. “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 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. ####

Jul 09 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $2 million grant to the Medical University of South Carolina. The money will be used for heart and vascular disease research. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.,” said Graham. “This research will help save lives. I am proud that South Carolina’s colleges and universities are on the cutting edge of medical research.” ####