Jul 25 2002

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MOBILE PROJECTS

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today committee approval of funding requests for several Alabama projects in the VA/HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized the merits of my funding requests."

The following project requests, were funded by the committee:

Mobile Historic Development Commission - $500,000
"These funds will be used for the Oakleigh District Revitalization Project and the renovation of this historic district," said Shelby.

Center for Estuarine Research and the University of South Alabama - $1 million
"I am pleased to announce this funding for research activities the Center conducts on the ecology of coastal lands and seascapes. This funding will allow the University of South Alabama to continue the vital ecological research that it is conducting in the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay areas. The knowledge gained from this research provides important scientific insights that can be used to preserve and protect coastal plant and wildlife," said Shelby.

Fire Grants - $900 million
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $900 million for the Fire Grant program. These funds will assist local fire departments in their efforts to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards, and to provide assistance for fire prevention programs."

These grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to meet the needs of state and local fire departments. Funds can be used for such things as fire operations, firefighter safety programs, emergency medical services, and firefighting vehicles.