WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Thursday the release of $24 million in federal stimulus funds to Vermont.
The five grants were authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17. Vermont is expected to receive more than $700 million from the ARRA.
The grants announced this week support a variety of programs, including support for food pantries and shelters, child care, vaccines for children, drinking water improvements and pollution cleanup efforts.
Vermont received the following:
- $189,957 through the Department of Homeland Security for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program - EFSP funds support food pantries and shelters; provide rental, mortgage and utility assistance; and help families transition from shelters to stable living conditions.
- $2,823,373 through the Department of Health and Human Services for the Child Care and Development Fund - CCDF funds provide vouchers to parents whose children require care while they are working, seeking employment or receiving job training or education.
- $491,557 through the Department of Health and Human Services for immunization grants - These funds support immunization programs for children and provide vaccines to underserved populations.
- $19,500,000 through the Environmental Protection Agency for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program - These funds provide low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.
- $1,015,000 through the Environmental Protection Agency for the assessment and cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks.