SCIA was selected to receive nearly $60,000 in loans and grants from the United States Department of Agriculture to support the purchase of a replacement ambulance. The funding is provided through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which helps finance the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns.
The agency was awarded $50,000 in the form of a low interest loan and a $9,000 grant award. “Access to emergency medical services in rural areas like ours can mean the difference between life and death,” says Cindy Wilcox, Executive Director. “We are delighted with the award from the USDA. It provides a solid financial foundation for us as we continue to raise money for this critical need.” The agency operates only one ambulance which is at the end of its useful life.
The agency expects to raise $50,000 through foundation grants, corporate gifts, and community donations in an effort to minimize its USDA loan obligation upfront. “Being a small, rural ambulance agency with limited financial means, support from area foundations, businesses, and individuals is fundamental for us to continue our life-saving work,” says Wilcox.