HARDY COUNTY, W.Va. (WHSV) — The U.S. Economic Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are doling out grants to help rural development in parts of our area. 

According to a press release from U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the departments announced rural development grants to address various needs in communities across West Virginia, from helping purchase vehicles to securing microloans for small businesses. 

“It’s great to see this funding support central services with resources such as ambulances, police cars, and firefighting equipment,” Senator Capito said. “Additionally, the investments in Doddridge County and Wyoming County in particular are critical for sustaining industry and small business in rural areas. Grants like these support local business owners and lift up communities, ensuring our rural areas don’t fall behind.” 

“I am glad to see the USDA and EDA investing in our state through a multitude of rural development projects that will benefit West Virginians across the state. These projects ensure that rural communities, senior citizens and first responders receive the services and equipment they need and deserve to live quality lives and take care of one another. I look forward to continuing to advocate for more rural development funding as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,” Senator Manchin said.