Grant helps fund new ambulance

Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Fund helps many

Andrea Johnson/MDN Members of Community Ambulance pose by a brand new ambulance that was purchased in part with grant assistance from the Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Fund.

Trinity Health Community Ambulance received $26,203 from the Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Fund to help pay for a new ambulance.

Greg Anderson, director of Community Ambulance, said the total cost of the new ambulance is $110,000. It has been funded with grants from other organizations.

Anderson said the grant funding is very much appreciated. The ambulance will serve people within a 200 mile radius of Minot.

According to a press release, with its latest contributions, Farm Credit has awarded more than 250 grants totaling more than $4 million in western North Dakota communities since 2012.

The Rural Community Grant Fund was established as a partnership between Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota-the two largest providers of agricultural loans in western North Dakota-and AgriBank, their St. Paul, Minn.-based funding bank, to help communities impacted by oil development, according to the press release.

Through the fund, Farm Credit provides grants to support infrastructure or development initiatives encompassing housing projects, medical facilities, health, safety and environmental programs, and other critical needs.

For instance, the Rural Community Grant Fund provided new structure helmets for the Beulah Rural Fire Department, according to the press release.

Steph Everett, the director of the Mountrail County Health Foundation, said the grant funding has also helped provide help that is vital for health care in rural Mountrail County.

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