Kirkland announces $1.35 million awarded to his district

(Apr 25, 2022)

CHESTER, April 25 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced that two projects in his district have received Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $1.35 million. “It’s always rewarding to see state dollars coming back to Delco and benefiting my district. Part of my job as your elected official is to ensure we get our fair share of funding, so I’m proud to help bring over $1 million home,” Kirkland said. Grants were distributed as follows: Bestcore Arts and Technology Innovation Inc.: $350,000 to renovate the former Felton Fire Co. building. Funding will go toward waterproofing the basement and adding a water sump pump; rewiring and stuccoing the building; installing blacktop on the back of the building; installing a heater/air conditioning unit; reinforcing the floor; building a soundproof studio; drywalling the building; securing the roof; paving the front of the building; and installing new doors. Monroe Energy LLC: $1 million to go toward the replacement of Substation 6 -- a primary downstream distribution substation. The project will convert steam-driven turbines to more efficient electric turbines, replace power cables, and install new cables between Substation 6 and five secondary substations. Additional advantages of this project include enhancements to personnel safety, and reduction in the potential for facility upsets. “Bestcore Arts and Read more

 

Kirkland introduces bill to deliver financial relief to struggling Pennsylvanians

(Apr 13, 2022)

CHESTER, April 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland authored legislation that would deliver one-time, state-tax-exempt payments of up to $2,000 per household as a result of ongoing financial struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the PA Opportunity Program, individuals with a household income of $80,000 or less would be eligible to apply. The program would be administered by the state treasurer in consultation with the departments of Revenue and Community and Economic Development. “Pennsylvania still has more than $2 billion in federal American Rescue Plan dollars that remain uncommitted. Since we’ve all been impacted by recent cost-of-living increases, I think it’s clear how this money can effectively be used,” Kirkland said. Kirkland’s legislation earned the support of Gov. Tom Wolf, who proposed using $500 million in ARP funds to establish the PA Opportunity Program. “These one-time $2,000 payments would be meant to build upon stimulus payments issued by the federal government and help individuals and families cover expenses exacerbated by the pandemic,” Kirkland said. “Two years later, Pennsylvanians continue struggling to afford childcare, rent or mortgage payments, medical bills or just groceries and gas. The legislature is in a position to help those in need, so let’s pass my PA Opportunity Program legislation.” This bill is currently circulating for co-sponsors. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvanians Deserve the Opportunity to Thrive, $500 Million American Rescue Plan Program Would Put $2,000 in Pockets

(Apr 07, 2022)

Rep. Kirkland and Sen. Tartaglione plan to introduce the governor’s proposed PA Opportunity Program as legislation in the Senate and House. Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland's March 2022 print newsletter

(Mar 15, 2022)

Rep. Kirkland's March 2022 print newsletter including information on fair funding legislation, grants awarded to the community, saving the CWA and more. Read more

 

Kirkland says governor’s budget address puts Pennsylvania’s students and workforce first

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address calling this proposed spending plan a promising start. Highlighting the governor’s call to increase basic education funding by $1.25 billion and allot $300 million in Level Up funding for the commonwealth’s 100 most underfunded districts, Kirkland said this would particularly benefit the schools he represents. “Immorally, our school districts with the highest shares of Black and Hispanic students receive about $1,900 less than their fair share per student under the bipartisan fair funding formula. By reserving $300 million in Level Up funding, we can ensure that every student receives a quality education and work toward closing disparities within our public education system,” Kirkland said. Kirkland said the governor’s recommendation to allot $60 million to Pre-K Counts and invest $10 million into Head Start programs could strongly benefit working families. “Accessing affordable child care is among the biggest obstacles working families face today. If their children are not receiving quality care, parents can’t go to work,” he said. Another way this proposal could benefit working families, Kirkland said, is by raising the minimum wage. “Under this spending plan, Pennsylvania would join every one of its neighboring states and raise the minimum wage. If enacted, the Read more

 

Kirkland announces grants for Chester, Marcus Hook

(Dec 30, 2021)

CHESTER, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that state grants have been awarded for projects in Chester City and Marcus Hook. The following 2021 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants were awarded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Chester City - $50,000 for East Coast Greenway – Norris Street connector design. Marcus Hook - $43,800 for a master site development plan for replacement of the Delaware River pier in Market Square Memorial Park. “Access to recreational spaces is important for our residents and visitors alike,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m happy to see state funding assist projects that will make improvements for the good of our communities.” The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Recreational Trails; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; ATV Management Restricted Account; and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account. Read more

 

Kirkland announces $4.6M in redevelopment grants for projects in his legislative district

(Dec 07, 2021)

CHESTER, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced that three projects in his district each received grants, totaling $4.6 million, from the Office of the Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program . “This $4.6 million investment will go toward community building, job security and the revitalization of Chester City. Each of these three projects brings its own unique offering to our area, contributing to the betterment of our community,” Kirkland said. Grants were awarded as follows: ACCESS Community Center: $750,000 will help cover the costs of constructing a community center. Services to be offered within the community center include, but are not limited to, youth and adult programing; senior citizen programs; housing assistance through counseling and planning; a community garden; and veteran services. Monroe Energy LLC: $1,850,000 to go toward the replacement of Substation 6 - a primary downstream distribution substation. The project will convert steam-driven turbines to more efficient electric turbines, replace power cables and install new cables between Substation 6 and five secondary substations. Additional advantages of this project include enhancements to personnel safety, and reduction in the potential for facility upsets. Starboard Industries LLC: $2,000,000 to transform 24 Keystone Opportunity Zone lots into a four-story office building and create the Small Business Incubator Read more

 

Delaware County elected officials applaud $4.6 million in funding for county’s 911 system

(Dec 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6– State representatives and senators from Delaware County announced today a $4,561,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to improve the county’s aging 911 system. Through bipartisan and bicameral efforts, elected officials helped secure funding to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will redevelop existing sites and add additional sites to ensure no loss of communication. It includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions, and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens and first responders, as well as with surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. “This strategic investment in Delaware County’s emergency response infrastructure will ensure that communities like Darby and Yeadon will be better positioned to respond when our neighbors need help and keep the community safe,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila. “Upgrading Delco’s 911 system was an initiative that received bipartisan support from lawmakers throughout the county. This project serves as a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together – we were able to bring over $4 million home,” said Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, who Read more

 

Kirkland announces $75K grants benefiting crime prevention programming for local youth

(Dec 02, 2021)

CHESTER, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, today announced Panthers Community Foundation and Chester Biddy Basketball Association have been selected to receive grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. PCF’s grant, worth $50,000, will help it continue to offer sports activities and youth programs, including lectures, listening sessions and mentoring interventions, to local youth ages four to 14. This grant will support stipends for mentors, operating costs related to learning and listening sessions, and new sports equipment to replace damaged or old gear. Chester Biddy Basketball Association received $25,000 to also support crime prevention initiatives for children ages four to 14. Funds will go toward new equipment, gun violence prevention workshops, pay for referees and renting space to facilitate workshops as well as tournament fees. A portion of this grant will also go toward character achievement awards and certificates. “The Panthers Community Foundation and Chester Biddy Basketball Association are assets to our neighborhood as they help and empower children who are vulnerable to falling into the vicious cycle of crime and violence,” Kirkland said. “The mentors and staff in these programs teach important skills that help participants succeed in life - such as effective conflict resolution and education on gun violence and gang prevention. Their service is truly invaluable to our Read more

 

Kirkland announces $30K state grant for improvements to Jacks Park in Chester Township

(Nov 19, 2021)

CHESTER, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced that Jacks Park in Chester Township will receive $30,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “I’m very glad that Chester Township has received this state funding to help upgrade recreational amenities and stormwater infrastructure at Jacks Park,” Kirkland said. “This money will help the township prevent flooding in the park following heavy rains and improve the recreational area by resurfacing existing pavement, installing an ADA-accessible parking stall, constructing a new playground area with swing set and play structure and installing fixed benches and trash receptacles. “Parks are wonderful places where communities can come together to play and spend time with each other. This money will help the township make Jacks Park more accessible and enjoyable for more residents.” The funding comes from Act 13 of 2012, which established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Those interested in learning more about the program can call Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland to hold Veterans Luncheon Celebration Nov. 9 in Eddystone

(Nov 04, 2021)

CHESTER, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will hold a Veterans Luncheon Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Eddystone Lighthouse Hall, 1401 9 th St. in Eddystone, PA 19022. “This veterans’ event is my way of saying thank you to our veterans who sacrificed so much so we can enjoy the freedoms we do as Americans,” Kirkland said. Kirkland and his staff will be available to share information on state programs and services for veterans. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by calling Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland announces $200K grant for needed renovations to Chester Township Police Department building

(Sep 16, 2021)

CHESTER, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today that he had successfully worked with the Department of Community and Economic Development to secure a $200,000 grant to renovate the Chester Township Police Department’s building. The money will help provide needed renovations to the building, including the creation of a women’s locker room and the implementation of necessary upgrades. “We rely on our men and women in blue for so much in our community that I wanted to help them get the funding they need to improve the working conditions in their headquarters,” Kirkland said. “This state grant funding will help ensure that the Chester Township Police Department will run more efficiently by making the necessary physical improvements to the police headquarters possible.” Read more

 

Kirkland announces $544.1K in grants for programs in the City of Chester

(Sep 10, 2021)

CHESTER, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $544,109 in grant funding to programs in the City of Chester. “Too many in our community—especially our young people—are caught up in a cycle of violence from which they can’t find a way out,” Kirkland said. “This federal funding will help fund critical programs in the City of Chester that will help the most vulnerable in our community find peaceful alternatives to gun violence and bring solace to those who are suffering from the traumatic aftereffects of violence so they can rebuild and live productive lives.” The programs that will receive the funding are: $101,996 to Temple University for its Cure Chester Project (Chester Peace Initiative) which utilizes the Cure Violence Model to reduce gun violence in the community. The goals of this project are a 10% reduction of homicides and shootings within the City of Chester; to solidify relationships with law enforcement to receive real-time shooting data; and to cultivate relationships with the Chester Housing Authority. Funding from this grant will support salary and benefits for the program manager and outreach worker supervisor and indirect costs. $225,000 to Amachi Chester to support the implementation of trauma-informed mentoring services in the City of Chester. The organization will use the money to expand Read more

 

Kirkland announces $102.2K in Fruit and Fresh Vegetable Grants for Chester-Upland and Chichester school districts

(Aug 04, 2021)

CHESTER, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the Chester-Upland School District will receive $65,715 and the Chichester School District $36,530 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants. “Our students should be eating fresh, healthy food regularly to help their own physical and academic growth, but fresh fruits and vegetables are often not easily available in schools,” Kirkland said. “This program will help correct imbalance and give children the chance to try foods they might not have ordinarily had the chance to try and the opportunity to develop healthy eating habits.” The Chester-Upland School District schools to receive the funding are Chester Upland School of the Arts, Main Street School and Stetser Elementary School. The Chichester School District schools to receive the funding are Linwood Elementary School and Marcus Hook Elementary School. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. The FFVP was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now available in all 50 states. Priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and Read more

 

Protecting workers, environmental impacts focus of House Democratic Policy Committee tour

(Jul 13, 2021)

MARCUS HOOK, July 13 – A tour of Monroe Energy and roundtable discussion with USW 10-234 steelworkers highlighted how the workers who fuel production efforts can be supported, sustaining energy demands and improving safety. Delaware County State Representatives Brian Kirkland and Jennifer O’Mara hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee and heard from both Monroe Energy officials and the steelworkers about the cumbersome burden Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program place on operations. “As Pennsylvania recovers from the global pandemic, it’s critical that we make sure pieces are in place to support workers and prepare for jobs that will help us move forward,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m so glad we were able to bring Delaware County voices to this important conversation about the future of energy in Pennsylvania.” The roundtable discussion yielded great conversation on how to urge federal RINs reform and what state action could be taken to help workers, Monroe Energy and the surrounding community work together for the well-being of public health, safety and economic vitality. USW steelworkers shared that they are currently exceeding safety requirements and have additional concerns regarding oversees operations and the global environmental impacts. “I’m honored to have my colleagues join us in Delco to see the impact this facility has on our community, Read more

 

O’Mara, Kirkland to host tour, roundtable discussion on energy jobs, supporting workers

(Jul 09, 2021)

MARCUS HOOK, July 9 – Pennsylvania’s energy economy will be the focus of a House Democratic Policy Committee tour and roundtable hosted by state Reps. Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland. The tour of Monroe Energy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13 followed by a roundtable discussion with workers. The media is encouraged to attend and should email policy@pahouse.net to RSVP to ensure adequate safety equipment is available. This event is closed to the public. O’Mara, who serves as chair of the Southeast Delegation, and Kirkland, both D-Delaware, will be joined by Policy Chair Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss jobs in the energy sector, growth and training opportunities, and worker concerns. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants

(Jun 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – With the deadline to apply fast approaching, the members of the PA SAFE Caucus are urging nonprofits and local governments to apply for a share of $5 million available to help fund programs aimed at reducing gun violence in Pennsylvania. “Every day, communities around Pennsylvania feel the impacts of gun violence, and we simply have to do more to keep people safe,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “I’m hopeful that this funding will help local nonprofits and government organizations implement programs that will reduce the violence that devastates so many families. I encourage those eligible to apply soon.” According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which manages the grant program, the organization will prioritize support for nonprofit organizations working at the neighborhood and community level to prevent and reduce gun violence, especially those that have not previously received funding. “The crisis of gun violence is destroying families and communities every day in Pennsylvania, and we need to make sure that that we are using every possible tool to combat it,” said Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “This grant program creates opportunities for community organizations that know their neighborhoods best to lead the way in improving public safety.” More information about the grant program Read more

 

Kirkland announces grant for remediation work for Silvercare Senior Housing project

(May 25, 2021)

The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority . Read more

 

Kirkland announces grants to support community projects

(Apr 21, 2021)

“I’m happy to see state funding support projects that will contribute to the revitalization of our community. These funds will help create a place for kids to play, support an employer, and make safety enhancements so that residents can access the waterfront,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Mobile office Tuesday; COVID-19 resources

(Mar 22, 2021)

I wanted to share some updates and resources that I hope you find useful. Read more

 

Kirkland announces $1.35 million awarded to his district
Apr 25, 2022

Kirkland introduces bill to deliver financial relief to struggling Pennsylvanians
Apr 13, 2022

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvanians Deserve the Opportunity to Thrive, $500 Million American Rescue Plan Program Would Put $2,000 in Pockets
Apr 07, 2022

Rep. Kirkland's March 2022 print newsletter
Mar 15, 2022

Kirkland says governor’s budget address puts Pennsylvania’s students and workforce first
Feb 08, 2022

Kirkland announces grants for Chester, Marcus Hook
Dec 30, 2021

Kirkland announces $4.6M in redevelopment grants for projects in his legislative district
Dec 07, 2021

Delaware County elected officials applaud $4.6 million in funding for county’s 911 system
Dec 07, 2021

Kirkland announces $75K grants benefiting crime prevention programming for local youth
Dec 02, 2021

Kirkland announces $30K state grant for improvements to Jacks Park in Chester Township
Nov 19, 2021

Kirkland to hold Veterans Luncheon Celebration Nov. 9 in Eddystone
Nov 04, 2021

Kirkland announces $200K grant for needed renovations to Chester Township Police Department building
Sep 16, 2021

Kirkland announces $544.1K in grants for programs in the City of Chester
Sep 10, 2021

Kirkland announces $102.2K in Fruit and Fresh Vegetable Grants for Chester-Upland and Chichester school districts
Aug 04, 2021

Protecting workers, environmental impacts focus of House Democratic Policy Committee tour
Jul 13, 2021

O’Mara, Kirkland to host tour, roundtable discussion on energy jobs, supporting workers
Jul 09, 2021

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants
Jun 26, 2021

Kirkland announces grant for remediation work for Silvercare Senior Housing project
May 25, 2021

Kirkland announces grants to support community projects
Apr 21, 2021

E-BLAST: Mobile office Tuesday; COVID-19 resources
Mar 22, 2021