U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has begun its 2008 grant program. DRA grants target projects that will improve infrastructure in distressed counties and develop transportation infrastructure that will facilitate economic development. DRA also provides funding to job training programs that work with existing public education institutions.
“Delta Regional Authority grants have made a significant impact on the economically distressed areas of Alabama,” said Shelby. “These targeted grants help create jobs, improve workforce training and enhance water and sewer services that are vital for economic development in many communities. I encourage interested agencies to apply for Delta Regional Authority grants before the deadline.”
The Delta Regional Authority serves 240 counties and parishes in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Eligible counties in the State of Alabama include: Barbour, Butler, Bullock, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Pickens, Perry, Russell, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox. Those wishing to apply for grants are encouraged to visit www.dra.gov for further information, including a pre-application package and a timeline.