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DOD Approves $50 Million in Grants Under Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Department of Defense today announced the award of sixteen (16) grants totaling approximately $50 million under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program by the Office of Economic Adjustment.  These awards follow a competitive selection process culminating in Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s approval of these projects on August 10, 2020, for the Office of Economic Adjustment to invite grant applications to address quality of life needs for our service members and their families.  The awards derive from FY 2020 appropriated funding, and leverage an additional $45.5 million in non-Federal funding for a total investment of $95.3 million for military family quality of life.

The grant awards are as follows:

  1. $959,831 to the Abilene Independent School District, Abilene, Texas, to undertake a $1,919,662 project to provide a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classroom and laboratory to support military families at Dyess Air Force Base. 
  2. $6,312,950 to the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, Ellsworth, South Dakota, to undertake a $12,625,900 project to construct an indoor recreation facility and wellness center to support the military families at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
  3. $9,000,000 to the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, Watertown, New York, to undertake a $18,100,000 project to construct a Watertown Family YMCA Community and Aquatics Center to support military families at Fort Drum.
  4. $1,438,000 to the City of Sierra Vista, Arizona, to undertake a $1,538,000 project to construct an Emergency Medical Services substation to support the military families at Fort Huachuca.
  5. $521,695 to the Silver Valley Unified School District, Barstow, California, to undertake a project to enhance the Silver Valley Unified School District Sports Complex to support military families the Fort Irwin National Training Center.
  6. $677,238 to the Waynesville R-VI School District, Waynesville, Missouri, to undertake a $1,354,475 project to enhance the Early Childhood Center to support military families at Fort Leonard Wood.
  7. $6,839,476 to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to undertake a $7,599,418 project in partnership with the Vernon Parish School Board to construct Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) laboratory and learning spaces at Leesville Junior High School, Leesville High School, Pickering Elementary School, and Vernon Middle School to support military families at Fort Polk.
  8. $1,494,216 to the Lawndale Educational and Regional Network, Washington, D.C., to undertake a $2,988,432 project to improve access to a Pre-Kindergarden-8th Grade Charter School to support military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
  9. $707,008 to the City of Hampton, Virginia, to undertake a $1,858,022 project to enhance Hampton’s Air Power Park and Museum and provide year-round access to museum grounds to support military families at Joint Base Langley Eustis.
  10. $3,506,426 to the Municipality of Chalan Pago-Ordot, Guam, to undertake a $6,506,426 project to construct a Multipurpose Recreation and Emergency Center to support military families on Guam.
  11. $335,000 to the Commonwealth Bureau of Military Affairs, Tinian, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, to enhance utility infrastructure in support of life, health, and safety for service members rotating on/off the island of Tinian from Joint Region Marianas.
  12. $10,000,000 to the City of Great Falls, Montana, to undertake a $20,000,266 project to construct the Aim High – Big Sky Recreation Center to support the military families at Malmstrom Air Force Base. 
  13. $1,000,000 to the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina, to undertake a $5,000,000 project to reconstruct the Jack Amyette Recreation Center to support the military families at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
  14. $250,000 to the County of Prince William, Virginia, to undertake a $500,000 project to enhance a warrior challenge course with accessibility improvements to support the military families at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
  15. $6,293,820 to the City of Minot, North Dakota, to undertake an $13,977,964 project to construct the Magic City Discovery Center, featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) to support the military families at Minot Air Force Base.
  16. $426,500 to the Mountain Home School District, Mountain Home, Idaho, to undertake a project to enhance East Elementary School, North Elementary School, West Elementary School, Hacker Middle School, and Mountain Home Junior High School to support the military families at Mountain Home Air Force Base. 

Each of the grantees are working with the Office of Economic Adjustment to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, as amended, and may commence ground disturbing activity upon notification from the Office of Economic Adjustment.  The Defense Community Infrastructure Program is authorized under 10 U.S. Code § 2391 and received appropriations in FY20. 

For more information about the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot program, visit this website: https://oea.gov/defense-community-infrastructure-pilot-program-dcip.