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National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications for grants are being accepted from public and non-profit organizations to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications for grants are being accepted from public and non-profit organizations to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.



 



   “These grants help limited-income rural homeowners make necessary repairs and improvements for safer, healthier and more energy-efficient dwellings,” Vilsack said. “I strongly encourage all eligible organizations to apply for this funding.”



 



   USDA Rural Development is offering Housing Preservation Grants to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. Funds are then distributed as grants or loans to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents.



 



   Funds can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities. Housing Preservation Grants help bring job growth and stability to low-income communities while improving the living conditions of rural Americans.



 



   Last year USDA Rural Development awarded Housing Preservation Grants to Western Illinois Regional Council (serving Fulton, Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties), Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission (serving Saline and Hardin counties), Crosswalk Community Action Agency (serving Franklin County) and Shawnee Development Council (serving Alexander, Hardin and Pulaski counties).  The grants totaled $215,243 and are leveraging another $871,000 in funds from state and local resources to help low-income homeowners make needed repairs and renovations.



 



  “This funding not only helps homeowners, it benefits the community as well,” said Illinois State Director for Rural Development Colleen Callahan.  “Homes in good repair help to preserve property values and ensure the availability of respectable housing in rural communities.”



 



   For fiscal year 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in competitive grants through the Housing Preservation Grant program. Applications are due June 25, 2012. For information on how to apply, please see page 27179 of the May 9, 2012 Federal Register or click on this link http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-09/html/2012-11036.htm.  Interested organizations in Illinois can contact Rural Development Specialist Brenda Barr at 217.403.6225.



 



     Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance.  Support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, homeownership, business development and community needs.  More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il.



 

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