Newsweek contributor James Gorman says he was recently granted a grant for his work in a small Montana town where his team is trying to raise funds to support an orphanage and a women’s shelter.
Gorman, who is a former Marine Corps Ranger, has been working with the group to bring about the change.
The group has been building a network of small donors who are committed to helping these small businesses.
The Trump administration has been a significant force for this kind of work.
In January, President Trump announced a $50 million grant for community development and economic revitalization in the region.
That funding came on top of a $100 million loan from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, which also pledged $50,000 toward the project.
The funds will go toward constructing a shelter for 10 women and girls at the orphanage, and will provide grants for additional building supplies, food and other items needed to operate the shelter.
The funding also came on the heels of the $1.5 billion that HUD announced for the region last month, which is the largest ever for a single project in the US.
Gorman has been making calls to local leaders in the area to see if he can find the funding to bring these small business owners into the fold.
Gannon said he received the $25,000 grant this week from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which represents the local electric utility.
The grant will pay for the construction of the shelter, a roof, equipment, lighting and other services.
The project is expected to cost about $150,000.
He said he was also given a grant of $2,500 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will cover the initial cost of the project, as well as a $5,000 loan from HUD.
The grant has helped Gannon, who works for a small company that produces and distributes insulation and other products, with the first-ever $25 check he’s received from the federal government.
He has spent the last few weeks working with a team of volunteers to make the initial payments to start building.
He said he and the other volunteers are excited to be working with HUD and hope the project can become a reality in the next two to three years.