Ironwood School applies for grant money.
Written by Jesse Baroka on October 4, 2019
IRONWOOD – The Ironwood Area Schools provided information at a special meeting yesterday on several federal grants the district is seeking. The district applied for a total of four U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grants last month, Ironwood superintendent Travis Powell, says two of the grants are identical. USDA Rural Development will fund up to 55% of any successful applications, with the district paying the remaining costs. The first project will seek to purchase 422 Chromebooks and 25 charging stations, which would put the district close to its goal of providing every student their own Chromebook. The district is applying for a $50,000 grant to help fund the project, which is expected to cost a total of $91,093. The district is also seeking two grants to purchase new school buses to improve the district’s bus fleet. The fourth grant is designed to improve communication between the district’s buses and the school. Gogebic County is one of three counties in Michigan where municipal entities and other qualifying organizations are eligible to apply for the funds, according to a USDA news release, which are available through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. A total of $150 million is available for communities around the country where the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a disaster declaration in 2018. Over 100 types of projects are eligible for funding. The district hopes to hear about whether any of its grant applications once all its paperwork is processed in the coming months.