The Clay Electric Foundation Board did not meet this month.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 12 applications for November 2019 in the amount of $141,500.
Waste Not Want Not - $12,000
Waste Not Want Not is a volunteer-based group whose mission is to prevent the discarding of food and other items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty. The group does this by rescuing food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations, and through other cost-effective initiatives. Grant funds will be used to support the food rescue and distribution program.
Waldo Area Historical Society, Inc. - $8,000
The Waldo Area Historical Society is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Waldo’s past through documenting its people, places and events. Funding from the grant will purchase a scanner and a digital recorder.
Seamark Ranch - $15,000
Seamark Ranch, Inc. (a nonprofit corporation) was organized in Northeast Florida in 2001 to provide a solid Christian home for abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, and homeless children in need of a chance. The Ranch is dedicated to an environment filled with grace, love and service which fosters emotional healing in reclaiming the lives of such children. The Ranch's major source of revenue is private contributions. Funds will be used for its 2019-20 Student Jobs program.
Lee Conlee House, Inc. - $15,000
The Lee Conlee House is the certified domestic violence center serving Putnam County. Its mission is to stop the campaign of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention, and education through the establishment of community partnerships. Grant funds will be used to support the Children of Hope program, a youth-targeted domestic violence program.
Keystone Heights Sports Association - $11,500
(Clay, Bradford, Putnam counties)
The Keystone Heights Sports Association provides recreational opportunities for children in Keystone Heights and the surrounding communities. Funding from the grant will be used to provide field supplies, equipment and uniforms for the youth program.
Hawthorne Area Resource Center - $10,000
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam counties)
Hawthorne Area Resource Center is a collaborative effort between the First United Methodist Hawthorne and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion to serve the most vulnerable population as a food pantry and resource center within Hawthorne and surrounding areas. Funds will be used for building improvements and to help people with hardship situations.
Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department - $15,000
(Alachua, Marion counties)
The Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department operates exclusively for fire and emergency medical services for the communities of Cross Creek, Island Grove and Lochloosa. Funds from the grant will be applied to equipment enhancements and station improvement.
Pace Center for Girls Clay - $10,000
PACE Center for Girls Clay opened in January 2015 and focuses on the power and potential of girls in Clay County. The program features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle- and high school-aged girls and young women. Funds will be used to help pay for the programs and interventions needed to help at-risk girls be successful in school, relationships and in the future.
Art League of North Florida/Gateway Art Gallery - $5,000
The Art League of North Florida develops programs and services that serve the needs of artists through advocacy, networking, fundraising and grant development, and promotes the visual arts as an integral part of education. It offers several community art programs, such as the Girls’ Summit for at-risk preteen and teenage girls (with Altrusa), the Veterans’ Art Program, Art for Hospice, and the Life Style Enrichment Center. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase art supplies and materials for these programs.
Magnolia Point Women’s Club - $15,000
The Magnolia Point Women’s Club is a volunteer organization whose mission is to nourish the bodies, stimulate the minds, and increase the self-esteem of Green Cove Springs' neediest and most vulnerable children from elementary through high school. Grant funds will be used to support the Maggie’s Meals program, which will feed 170 children by packing nutritious food in backpacks to send home each Friday during the school year.
Interfaith Emergency Services, Inc. - $10,000
Interfaith Emergency Services provides a full range of services and assistance for individuals and families in need in Marion County. It provides basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and much more to enhance quality of life. Grant funds will be used to support the Food 4 Kids program, which works with 36 local schools to supply nutritious food in backpacks to send home each Friday during the school year.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 8 applications for October 2019 in the amount of $59,400.
Carl’s Senior Transportation - $7,000
(Clay, Putnam Bradford counties)
Carl’s Senior Transportation is a privately-owned transportation service for seniors in the Keystone Heights area. Grant funds will be used for fuel and office expenses.
Camp Boggy Creek - $10,000
Camp Boggy Creek, located in Eustis, was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf to make it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. Funds from the grant will be used to enable four campers to enjoy a week of the camp’s therapeutic programs.
Piece by Peace - $2,900
Piece by Peace, a sewing ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ocala, shares love, prayers and hope through hand-sewn items. Its projects include duffel bags for children in child protection, pillowcase dresses for girls in need, adult bibs for nursing/rehab centers, and quilt repairs for domestic violence centers. Grant funds will be used to purchase supplies for the program.
Women’s Empowerment - $7,500
Women’s Empowerment Services of N.E. Florida, Inc. seeks to empower women who are in disadvantaged positions due to various life events with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Funds from the grant will provide partial rent payments, extended motel stays for homeless families, security deposits and housing application fees.
Astor Community Association - $10,000
(Lake, Volusia counties)
The Astor Community Association works to promote and foster education, recreation, social activities, and community-building activities for all of its members. Grant funds will support the association’s building renovation.
Created Gainesville - $7,000
Created Gainesville is a nonprofit organization committed to reaching and restoring lives impacted by sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Funds from the grant will support the Jail Outreach Program.
Friends of Melrose Elementary - $7,500
The Friends of the Melrose Elementary Arts and Sciences Council is a nonprofit organization that enhances and supports fine arts, performing arts, and science and technology enrichment opportunities provided to all students at Melrose Elementary School. Grant funds will be used to present a STEM Family Night event of hands-on academic activities for students and families in November.
Sanderson Christian Revival Center - $7,500
(Baker, Union counties)
The Sanderson Christian Revival Center, located in Baker County, operates a Giveaway Program that offers free clothing, furniture and miscellaneous items at no cost to families in need. The program helps 1,500 local residents annually. Funds from the grant will be used to install drain pipes under storage sheds to counteract recent flooding.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 10 applications for September 2019 in the amount of $117,218.
ARC of Putnam County - $15,000
The ARC of Putnam County, Inc. provides advocacy, individually tailored living environments, meaningful day activities, work training, employment services and support to approximately 130 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome and spina bifida. Grant funds will be used to improve the facility for the adult training program.
Union County Schools Foundation - $10,000
The Union County Schools Foundation supports the academic, social and emotional development of students in Union County. Funding from the grant will provide mini-grants to teachers for programs that enhance the curriculum.
United Way of Suwannee Valley, Inc. - $8,218
(Columbia, Suwannee counties)
The United Way of Suwannee Valley is committed to advancing the common good in its community by building strong relationships with community partner impact agencies that share the goals of improving people’s lives and strengthening communities. Grant funds will be used to install a commercial UL fire alarm system in the United Way building.
Kiwanis Club of Starke - $5,000
Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Funding from the grant will allow participation of another 50 students in the Shop with a Cop program.
Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church - $15,000
The Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church is an all-volunteer ministry that helps to provide food for almost 1,100 needy families in 13 counties on a bi-weekly basis. Grant funds will support the program by supplying canned goods, providing vehicle maintenance and maintaining the building.
Foundation for Rural Education Excellence, Inc. - $15,000
The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence enhances academic success and career opportunities for rural students in northeast Florida. Funds from the grant will be used to help school district employees obtain a bachelor’s degree in education sciences and obtain teaching certificates.
Catholic Charities Lake City - $13,000
(Columbia, Suwannee, Union counties)
The Catholic Charities regional office in Lake City was established in 2000 to assist with unmet needs of people in five counties, regardless of race or religion. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for the Feed-a-Family Rural Mobile Outreach project, which will provide meals to individuals and families in identified food insecure areas in Columbia, Union and Suwannee Counties.
Lake Area Ministries - $15,000
(Clay, Bradford, Putnam counties)
Lake Area Ministries (LAM), an all-volunteer organization, is primarily a food pantry focusing on feeding needy families. As funds allow, the organization assists with other basic needs. The funds will be used to assist families in need with electric bills, transportation assistance to medical appointments or job interviews, and non-narcotic prescriptions.
Open Arms Village - $11,000
Open Arms Village exists to create a safe community that treats homeless individuals with dignity and provides for their basic needs. The program provides a full array of programs and services that clients can use to move themselves toward independence. Grant funds will support an addiction recovery program.
Clay County Education Foundation - $10,000
The Clay County Education Foundation funds teacher mini-grants and provides classroom and enrichment supplies that extend beyond that for which general funds are available. Grant funds will be used to support programs in STEM, career and technical education, and literacy. These dollars will be matched 100 percent by the State of Florida’s funding for education foundations.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 5 applications for August 2019 in the amount of $47,900.
Service Dogs for Patriots - $7,500
Service Dogs for Patriots serves and supports veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder living in Central Florida by providing qualified dogs and/or service dog training. Funds from the grant will be used to provide service dog training to two veteran/service dog teams.
Marion Senior Services, Inc. - $15,000
Marion Senior Services, Inc. seeks to support the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged residents of Marion County and their families with dignity, respect and compassion to maintain independent living status. Grant funds will support the Meals on Wheels program.
The Way Free Medical Clinic - $15,000
The Way Free Medical Clinic, Inc. is committed to improving access to health care by providing free medical services for the uninsured residents of Clay County. Funds will be used to support the Diabetes Patient Care Program by purchasing diabetes supplies and equipment and delivering self-care and lifestyle education.
Liz McGrath Circle, Inc. - $3,000
The Liz McGrath Circle is a volunteer group dedicated to helping the people and children of the rural community of Hog Valley. Grant funds will be used for children’s programs.
Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. - $7,400
The Fort King Heritage Association was formed to protect, preserve and develop the history of Fort King, a National Historic Landmark in Ocala that served as the headquarters for the Army of the South during the Second Seminole War (1837-42), and then Marion County’s first courthouse and public building (1842-44). Funds from the grant will provide tools and supplies for the blacksmithing education area.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for July 2019 in the amount of $95,750.
Community Church of Keystone Heights - $15,000
(Clay, Bradford, Putnam counties)
The Community Church of Keystone Heights sponsors an annual Back-to-School Outreach event, providing nearly 300 children with clothing, shoes, hygiene products and haircuts before the school year begins. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase items for the event.
AMIkids Gainesville - $13,000
AMIkids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth (6th-12th grades) develop into responsible and productive citizens. The program works with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide educational services for youth in the program. Grant funds will be used for transportation assistance to and from the program.
Concerned Citizens of Bradford County - $15,000
Concerned Citizens of Bradford County, Inc. is an outreach organization dedicated to the needy, deprived, seniors, and especially to the proper rearing of children to become model citizens. The group specializes in educating, teaching character, building confidence and modeling positive behavior through its after-school club, summer day camp, senior club and youth sports. The money will be used to provide personnel for the 8-week summer day camp program.
Putnam Habitat for Humanity - $12,000
Founded in 1991, Putnam Habitat for Humanity serves residents of Putnam County based on need. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Putnam Service Project, which provides critical and emergency home repairs to low-income homeowners in Putnam County.
Wheelchairs 4 Kids - $10,000
Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, and other assistive equipment at no charge. Grant funds will support the Let’s Roll program.
Salt Springs Civic Association - $6,950
The Salt Springs Civic Association exists to promote the welfare and betterment of its community, and to maintain the Community Center and Civic Park. Money from the grant will go toward replacing the roof of the Salt Springs Civic Community Center.
K9s for Warriors - $15,000
K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to veterans suffering from trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Grant funds will support costs in pairing a trained service dog with a deserving warrior.
Good Samaritan Ministry of OPUMC - $3,800
The Good Samaritan Ministry at Orange Park United Methodist Church has helped almost 10,000 people in Clay County by providing those struggling with food insecurity with healthy, high-quality food and hope. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase a commercial-grade refrigerator for the food pantry.
Korean War Veterans Association - $10,000
The Korean War Veterans Association in Gainesville supports area veterans’ needs and many other patriotic causes. Grant funds will complete the funding for two named Veterans Bridge Scholarship endowments for veteran students of Santa Fe College or the University of Florida.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for June 2019 in the amount of $102,500.
BASCA, Inc. - $2,500
BASCA, Inc. focuses on helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve a higher quality of life and sense of belonging. Funds will be used to purchase art and program supplies.
SMA Behavioral Health Services - $15,000
SMA Behavioral Health Services is the largest provider of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services in northeast Florida. Funds from the grant will pay for building renovations and upgrades for the Drop-In Center.
Phoenix Programs of Florida - $2,000
Phoenix House is a nationally recognized and accredited behavioral healthcare provider, specializing in the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Grant funds will supply GED test preparation materials for the Education While in Recovery program.
Village Improvement Association Federated Woman’s Club - $8,000
The Village Improvement Association Federated Woman’s Club of Green Cove Springs was the first Woman’s Club in Florida, and is devoted to social, educational and beautification projects in Clay County. Funding from the grant will pay for renovations to the association’s historic clubhouse.
Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs - $15,000
The Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization that provides Clay County with emergency food for families and individuals in need. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase nonperishable food items.
Happy House, Inc. - $15,000
(Columbia, Suwannee counties)
Happy House serves socioeconomically disadvantaged families through a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program. Funds will go toward the continuing renovation of the facility’s kitchen.
Evangel Temple Southwest - $15,000
(Clay, Bradford counties)
Evangel Temple Southwest, located in Middleburg, is a satellite campus of Evangel Temple Assembly of God. It seeks to serve the community by providing a hand up for people through its food and clothing programs. Grant funds will go toward the purchase of a steel building for a new food pantry and clothes closet.
Alachua County Habitat for Humanity - $15,000
Habitat for Humanity assists low income and very low income families in obtaining decent and affordable housing by building homes using volunteer labor. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new box truck for the ReStore program.
Putnam Heath & Fitness Center - $15,000
The Putnam Health & Fitness Center, located in Pomona Park, exists to enhance the quality of life of everyone in the community through the use of volunteers, health promoting programs, physical exercise, and available facilities, equipment, and resources. Funds from the grant will be used for safety and security improvements to the facility.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 8 applications for May 2019 in the amount of $90,500.
Derek Hatcher Foundation - $10,000
The Derek Hatcher Foundation, located in Middleburg, raises awareness of substance abuse and addiction in memory of a local athlete. Grant funds will be used to endow five college scholarships for Clay County students.
Clay County Club, Inc. - $15,000
The Clay County Club, Inc., located in Orange Park, is a nonprofit corporation that provides services for alcohol abuse recovery, serving about 3,000 people each month. Funding from the grant will go toward renovating and updating the facility.
Hawthorne Area Historical Society - $7,500
The Hawthorne Area Historical Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that operates the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center. Grant funds will be used to purchase new display cases, fund scholarships and enhance signage for the museum.
Melrose Volunteer Fire Department - $15,000
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford counties)
The Melrose Volunteer Fire Department serves surrounding counties for fire protection and medical responders in emergencies. Grant funds will be used to update safety equipment.
Friends of the Micanopy Library - $8,000
(Alachua, Marion counties)
The Friends of the Micanopy Library is a volunteer organization that supports the library and literacy programs. Funds will go toward the Micanopy Tutoring program, which provides free, after-school, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring so that at-risk, poorly performing K-12 students can reach their educational potential and increase their self-esteem.
Columbia County Education Foundation - $10,000
The Columbia Public Schools Foundation raises funds to support and enhance Columbia County School District programs. Funding from the grant will allow 55 children to attend a summer swimming program in an effort to reduce the number of child deaths from drowning.
Rodeheaver Foundation - $10,000
Founded in 1950, the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch is a 790-acre sanctuary for boys who need a home, a family, and roots for a brighter future. Grant funds will be used to provide a part-time tutor for the new Learning Center.
Clay Behavioral Health Center - $15,000
Clay Behavioral Health Center is a caring resource providing mental health and substance abuse counseling and treatment to adults, teens, children and families in Clay County. Grant funds will be used to renovate apartments used in the center’s adult community services programs.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for April 2019 in the amount of $99,000.
Young Life Clay County - $7,000
Young Life is a faith-based organization that serves disaffected youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and adolescents with disabilities. Grant funds will be used to support the YoungLives program, which focuses on pregnant and parenting teen girls from all backgrounds.
Putnam Re-entry - $7,000
The Putnam County Re-entry Program provides a support system for men and women released from incarceration to help ensure a successful transition back into the community. Funding from the grant will be used to provide financial assistance for housing and other necessities.
Elder Options - $15,000
Elder Options serves North Central Florida as the federally designated Area Agency on Aging. It offers information and referral, options and Medicaid counseling, screening for in-home services, Medicaid eligibility assistance, SHINE Medicare counseling, and a variety of education programs. Grant funds will be used to provide respite care for caregivers of dementia patients so they can attend caregiving training sessions.
Christian Service Center of Columbia County - $7,500
The Christian Service Center of Columbia County is a nonprofit serving the residents of Columbia County since 1984. The scope of assistance provided includes food, clothing, utility bills, gas assistance, bus tickets, emergency lodging and prescription assistance. The organization serves approximately 10,000 clients (includes all family members) per year. The grant funds will be used for the Christian Service Center’s Client Assistance Program to help residents with their utility bills.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida - $9,500
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, based in Jacksonville, serves and cares for people in need through a variety of services. Grant funds will support the Backpack Program, which will provide weekend meals for 200 children in Clay County for an entire school year.
Windsor Volunteer Fire Department - $15,000
The Windsor Volunteer Fire Department serves several communities in the unincorporated east side of Alachua County. Funds from the grant will be applied to building and property renovations.
Lake Butler Woman’s Club - $15,000
(Union, Alachua, Baker, Clay, Putnam, Columbia, Bradford counties)
The Lake Butler Woman’s Club, Inc. is a charitable organization of women in Union County. Members help with projects at schools, and in the community, district and state. Funds from the grant will be used to help continue the renovation of the club’s historic building.
GiGi’s Playhouse Gainesville - $8,000
(Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Marion, Union counties)
GiGi’s Playhouse is a network of 40 Down Syndrome achievement centers throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The Playhouse offers educational and therapeutic programs specific to individuals with Down Syndrome. Grant funds will support a new math tutoring program.
Pregnancy Care Center of Lake City, Inc. - $15,000
(Columbia, Suwannee, Union, Alachua counties)
The Pregnancy Care Center of Lake City, Inc. offers counseling, parenting classes, mentoring and other support services for parents. Funds from the grant will support the new Mobile Pregnancy Care Center, which will bring necessary care to women in the community.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 6 applications for March 2019 in the amount of $65,000.
Hunger Fight - $7,500
(Clay, Alachua, Putnam, Bradford, Marion, Volusia counties)
Hunger Fight is a nonprofit agency that works to end hunger and illiteracy through the provision of nutritious meals and books to children, seniors and families in need by informing, engaging and mobilizing communities and partners. Funds from the grant will provide 764 elementary school children in Clay County with weekend meals for one year.
ARC of Bradford County - $15,000
(Bradford, Union, Clay, Baker counties)
The ARC of Bradford County offers work experience and training programs to assist individuals with disabilities. Grant funds will be used to replace worn out equipment used in work operation.
Clay County Habitat for Humanity - $15,000
Clay County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Clay County area. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, it works in partnership with local families and volunteers to build and rehabilitate simple, decent homes for qualified families in need. Grant funds will go toward construction of new homes.
God’s Kitchen - $2,500
God’s Kitchen is a volunteer organization in Palatka that provides and delivers one hot meal per day to adults who are permanently or temporarily homebound due to a mental or physical disability. Grant funding will be used for meal preparation and delivery expenses.
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. - $10,000
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life. Funds from the grant will support the Emergency Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to clients for essential utilities, housing, transportation or medication.
AMIkids - $15,000
AMIkids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth (6th-12th grades) develop into responsible and productive citizens. The program works with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide educational services for youth in the program. Grant funds will be used to supply a suitable science lab for STEMM education.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 5 applications for February 2019 in the amount of $52,727.
Grand Lodge of Florida - $2,500
(Clay, Putnam counties)
The Grand Lodge of Florida is a Masonic lodge located in Jacksonville. Grant funds will support the Child ID program, which collects specific information for parents or guardians by recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards.
National Association of Veterans and Families - $12,000
The National Association of Veterans and Families helps veterans and their families understand and maximize the benefits they have earned from the Veterans Association. Funds from the grant will be used to offer at least 10 workshops with free application and counseling services over the next year.
St. Catherine's Society of St. Vincent de Paul - $10,000
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Orange Park is an international organization of lay persons which allows men and women to join together in offering person-to-person service to the needy. Grant funds will be used to assist the needy with basic needs such as electric bills, water bills and rent costs.
Heart of Florida Youth Ranch - $13,227
The Heart of Florida Youth Ranch provides prevention, intervention, restoration, and empowerment to at-risk children and families through a functioning model and training center in Citra. Funding from the grant will supply the horse therapy program with a new paddock fence.
Lift Putnam - $13,227
Lift Putnam is an independent local education foundation that helps students and schools in Putnam County. Grant funds will be used to provide needy Pre-K children with transportation to and from school, as well as two meals per day, for a full school year.
The Clay Electric Foundation approved 4 applications for January 2019 in the amount of $42,790.
POHI dba Renewed Outreach Center - $15,000
The Renewed Outreach Center, located in Lake City, exists to bring hope through restoration and transformation by assisting impoverished communities by connecting with leaders to create a higher standard of living through feeding the homeless, providing clothes, education, training, job placement, medical treatment, counseling, shelter for veterans and transitional housing for unwed mothers and those battling addictions. Funding from the grant will go toward renovations and improvements for the food pantry program.
HOPE-Horses Helping People - $14,280
(Alachua, Marion counties)
HOPE – Horses Helping People, Inc. is based in Archer and provides equine assisted therapies and learning to children and adults with special needs. Grant funds will be used to fund scholarships to allow clients of all ages to participate.
The House Next Door - $5,000
(Flagler, Volusia counties)
The purpose of The House Next Door, located in DeLand, is to strengthen the entire family unit through education and counseling. All programs embrace and recognize individual and family values, and emphasize the role of parents and the importance of sound family management and parenting skills. Funding from the grant will be used to provide translator services for clients with language barriers.
Habitat for Humanity - $8,510
Habitat for Humanity assists low income and very low income families in obtaining decent and affordable housing by building homes using volunteer labor. Money from the grant will be used to purchase construction equipment.