Five water and wastewater projects in West Virginia are receiving financial help from the federal government.

The projects are among 141 nationwide awarded loans or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding on Monday.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $274,000 in grants for two projects in West Virginia.

The recipients are Shepherd University and the nonprofit West Virginia University Research Corp.

They are part of nearly $37 million in grants for 212 humanities projects nationwide.

West Virginia American Water announced Thursday they’re doling out grants to six community organizations.

The grants are part of West Virginia American Water’s 2015 Environmental Grant program. It’s a program designed to help innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water or groundwater supplies.

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  State officials are adding more funding for grants for West Virginia artists and arts organizations.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts said they are adding a second funding cycle for professional development grants.

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West Virginia University and two other institutions of higher learning in the state will share in a $2.5 million grant to attract, retain and graduate underrepresented students in so-called STEM studies.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants to two humanities projects in West Virginia.

West Virginia University Research Corporation received a $59,973 grant to develop a search engine for electronic literature. The search engine would link nine international research centers' databases.

West Virginia will receive $3.2 million in federal funding for continued efforts to help low-performing schools.
     The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $38 million in school improvement grants for West Virginia and five other states Friday. Education agencies in each state will dole out the funding to districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds.