ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $6.3 million for six projects in rural Alaska.
The grant funds are part of $17.5 million awarded nationwide for economically distressed rural communities in 21 states.
The grants are intended to assist in developing community facilities for medical care, firefighting and child care services.
Among those receiving the USDA grants:
--Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. received $545,250 to provide rescue vehicles for 10 villages.
--Norton Sound Health Corp. received $866,575 to purchase emergency medical vehicles and equipment for 19 villages.
--Alaska Village Initiatives received $2.2 million for the purchase of ATV/trailer fire suppression systems for 54 Alaska villages.
--Sunshine Community Health Center received $2.6 million to construct a health facility in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
--Craig Community Association received $20,000 to equip a distance-learning classroom.
--Nelson Lagoon Village Council received $81,000 to build a community center and playground to be used for recreation and community meetings.
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