On Nov. 29, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced grant awards to fund 54 community and infrastructure projects across the state. The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant programs will provide more than $7 million for a variety of improvements.\nTwo local programs benefitted from the funding: Anthony Boat Launch received $28,000 in Federal Recreational Trails Grants from the United States Forest Service. Also, the town of Rupert received $99,084 in federal Transportation Alternatives Grant funding for sidewalk improvements.\n\u201cImprovements like those supported by the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs are investments that build a better and brighter future of West Virginia,\u201d said Tomblin. \u201c(This) grant funding will allow us to build and repair infrastructure across the state-making our communities better places to live and work.\u201d\nFunding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs.