CONGRESSMAN BISHOP ANNOUNCES OVER $900,000 IN GRANT AWARDS TO DONALSONVILLE IN RESPONSE TO COVID CRISIS
Jul 21, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce two grants awarded to organizations in Donalsonville to help Southwest Georgia respond to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a Rural Business Development Grant of $28,336 for the Donalsonville Seminole Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $889,375 to the Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics in Donalsonville as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
“These funds are crucial for vulnerable communities like those in Southwest Georgia that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Bishop. “The response to the COVID crisis has been an ‘all hands on deck’ effort by federal, state, and local officials as well as the private sector. These funds will go a long way to help get our communities healthy and support them on the road to recovery.”
Earlier this year, President Biden promoted, and Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act. The Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics, Inc. is receiving funds through this Act to test, treat, vaccinate against, and respond to COVID-19 as well as enhance healthcare services and infrastructure.
The USDA grant will be used to create a "pop-up" park located in front of The Corner Bistro restaurant for additional seating. The restaurant lost 50 percent of its seating during the pandemic due to public health precautions preventing indoor dining. The grant funds will provide 16 additional seats and can potentially create several new jobs as well as contribute to downtown revitalization efforts.