ADRIAN — U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, announced the disbursement of two federal grants this week in Lenawee County.
On Friday, Walberg’s office announced in a news release that the Family Medical Center of Michigan, which has locations in Adrian and in Monroe County, will receive $372,574 to expand COVID-19 testing capabilities.
“Expanding the accessibility of testing, particularly among vulnerable populations, is key to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our communities safe and healthy,” Walberg said in the release. “Getting more resources to boost testing capacity is welcome news for our local health centers and the patients that they serve.”
The grant is the third round of federal funding for community health centers under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which Walberg voted for when it passed at the end of April.
Earlier in the week, Walberg’s office announced $900,000 of grant funding will come to the district as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brownfield grant program.
According to the release, Walberg led the effort to reauthorize funding for the EPA’s Brownfields Program in the last Congress as part of his role on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“The Brownfields Program is a proven tool for restoring former industrial sites and converting them into economic assets that benefit the community,” Walberg said in a news release Wednesday. “I am pleased to see the EPA make targeted investments in Michigan that will make a difference for our environment and encourage local job growth. These federal funds could not come at a better time."
Out of the $900,000 total, $600,000 is going to the Downriver Community Conference, which includes Lenawee County, as part of the Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant. It will be used to conduct 30 Phase I and 25 Phase II environmental site assessments and up to 15 baseline environmental assessments, according to the release. The funds will also be used to conduct community outreach activities. Tecumseh is included as a coalition member.
The remaining $300,000 of the grant will go to projects in Jackson County.
"Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfield Program provide communities and tribes across the country with an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets,” EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said in the release. “Under President Trump’s leadership, EPA has delivered approximately $287 million in brownfield grants directly to communities and nonprofits for cleanup and redevelopment, job creation, and economic development through the award of over 948 grants."