E-BLAST: Vaccine eligibility expands; E-waste and shred event postponed; Important deadlines approaching

(Apr 15, 2021)

I wanted to share some updates and reminders about a few important upcoming deadlines that I hope you will find useful. As always, please reach out to my office if you have any questions regarding these or any other state-related issues. Read more

 

E-BLAST: COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline and More Updates

(Apr 05, 2021)

I want to keep you updated on the latest regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, plus resources and programs that may be helpful to you and your family. As always, please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions. Read more

 

Neighborhood Assistance Program and Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program now open for applications

(Mar 29, 2021)

Find information on the Neighborhood Assistance Program and other grant programs that are taking applications. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs

(Mar 22, 2021)

Several state grant programs are open for applications. Read more

 

House Democratic Leaders call on Republicans to honor promise to survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Mar 19, 2021)

With time running out to provide a chance at justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse through an emergency constitutional amendment, the House Democratic leadership team released the following statement calling on Republican leadership to commit to bringing the measure up for a vote on Monday:“In early February, Republican leadership made a public promise on the House floor to get an emergency constitutional amendment to the Senate and provide a chance at justice to the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Due to their wavering and inaction this week, we’re now dangerously close to running out of time to get this in front of Pennsylvanians in the May Primary Election. Read more

 

Keystone Communities, Fish & Boat Education, and School-to-Work grant programs now open for applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Keystone Communities (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Municipalities, counties, redevelopment authorities, housing authorities, economic development organizations, housing corporations, community development corporations, business improvement districts, neighborhood improvement districts, downtown improvement districts. Use : A variety of community and economic development uses to revitalize/stabilize/grow neighborhoods and communities and encourage social and economic diversity, including planning activities, façade grant programs, accessible housing programs, and development grants. Funds : Planning grants up to $25,000, KC implementation and façade up to $50,000, development and public improvement up to $500,000, accessible housing up to $300,000. Most grants have a $1-for-$1 match requirement. Application Deadline : April 2 More Information : Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/keystone-communities-program-kcp/ . Discussion with DCED Regional Office highly encouraged prior to applying: https://dced.pa.gov/dced-regional-offices/ . Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission: R3 (Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation) Education Grant Program (Funding Source: PA Fish & Boat Commission) Who May Apply : School districts, Read more

 

E-BLAST: COVID-19 vaccine resources, 2021 MontcoStrong Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, and more

(Mar 09, 2021)

I hope this email finds you and your family well. I am writing to share some updates on vaccine distribution, new grants available to support businesses impacted by the pandemic, and more. Read more

 

Arts funding and PEMA Nonprofit Security grant programs now open for applications

(Mar 08, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Creative Communities (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Lead applicant must be a unit of government, nonprofit 501(c)3 or 501(c)6) organization. Required partnership of at least two organizations, one of which will serve as the lead applicant. Please note: Creative Communities projects are currently underway in the following counties: Crawford, Indiana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Mercer, and Philadelphia. Counties without existing projects will receive priority. Use : To provide multi-year funding to community-driven, arts-based projects that serve as catalysts for livability, economic development, and community connectedness. Funds : Up to $25,000 per year for up to four years. Application Deadline : March 19 More Information : Click on 2021_PCA_Creative_Communities_Letter_of_Interest.pdf (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency: Nonprofit Security Grant Program (Funding Source: F ederal Funding ) Who May Apply : 501(c)3 nonprofits, including religious institutions. Must be at a high risk of a terrorist attack based on the following: (1) Substantiation of prior threats or attacks (from within or outside the U.S.) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on their ideology, beliefs, or mission; (2) Symbolic value of the site(s) as a highly recognized Read more

 

Agriculture, Youth, and Capital Case Indigent Defense Funding Opportunities for Your District

(Jan 25, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use: To promote high-priority specialty crops (hemp, hardwoods, honey, hops; also barley, rye, and wheat for distilling, brewing, and malting) through projects like child and adult nutrition education, participation in international standard setting bodies, improving efficiency of distribution systems, good manufacturing and handling practices, research, development of seed varieties, and pest and disease control. Funds: $460,000 will be distributed in total, with 6.2% going to low income rural areas and 3.8% going to low income urban areas. Application Deadline: Concept papers due March 5 More Information: Click on Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agriculture and Youth Organization Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Agriculture and youth organizations, such as FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and vocational education programs. Schools and school districts may also apply on behalf of an agriculture and youth organization. Use: Educational programs, workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, agricultural safety Read more

 

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies

(Jan 13, 2021)

Citing the dangerous lies spread by some Republicans in the General Assembly regarding the 2020 election, House Democratic leaders today released the following statement demanding accountability and responsibility as the nation moves forward:“What we saw last week was nothing short of an attempted coup, instigated not only by the president of the United States but by Republican enablers at all levels of government. Words matter, and the falsehoods, misrepresentations and seditious rantings we’ve heard from some Republican members of the General Assembly can’t go unchallenged. Our nation can’t heal without consequences for the first invasion of the United States Capitol since the War of 1812. Read more

 

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 -- The PA House Democratic Caucus leadership team issued a joint statement today as state legislators formally began the 2021-22 Legislative Session: “With 202 members of the House of Representatives due to be sworn in, we celebrate the diversity of our great state and reflect on the shared values common to almost all Pennsylvanians. Yet we also mourn the tragic loss of Representative Mike Reese, whose sudden passing reminded all of us how precious life is. “The importance of the top priorities that House Democrats have consistently promoted -- good jobs with fair pay, quality schools, affordable housing, accessible health care, a safe environment and protection of democracy -- are being highlighted and tested in many ways during this devastating pandemic. “We see the beginning of this new legislative session as a chance to elevate people over partisanship and make gains toward these common goals in all of Pennsylvania’s unique communities – east and west, large and small, urban, suburban and rural. “Democrats in the House hope that our Republican partners will work with us to help people stay in jobs, get back to work and go to school safely; equip healthcare workers properly to battle this pandemic; ensure Pennsylvanians are not evicted from their homes in the middle of a public health crisis; and send targeted relief to the many businesses ravaged by this pandemic. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Jan. 19 update

(Jan 04, 2021)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Preserving Diverse Cultures – Community Based Engagement Projects (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations whose mission and artistic work are rooted in and reflective of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) art, culture, history and heritage. Additionally, the applicant's programs and staff are representative of those communities. Uses: To bring communities together through artist-led community-based arts and culture projects. Community projects may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, artist-in-community residencies, and murals. Funds: Up to $3,500 total for planning and programming. Applicants may receive project support for up to four years. Application Deadline: Letter of interest due February 1 More Information: Click 2021-2022_PCA_PDC_Guidelines.pdf (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning: Child Care COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Award (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply: Department of Human Services (DHS) certified child care providers. The owner/operator/director will apply on behalf of their child care employees and child care support employees. Uses: One-time award of $600 paid to eligible child care employees and child care support staff, who are currently working directly with children for a minimum of 20 paid hours a week and employed at the child care agency as of Jan. 1, 2021. Funds: One-time Read more

 

House Democrats back Gov. Wolf’s business support plan, demand more help for renters facing eviction amid current COVID-19 surge

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – House Democratic leaders pledged support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to transfer $145 million in funds to directly help businesses across the state hit hard by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also renewing their call to support families facing eviction. This as Republicans redirected $108 million in CARES Act money intended to help renters and homeowners to instead offset costs from the Department of Corrections. “Since before this terrible pandemic started, we’ve been fighting to help people in our communities, including small businesses and the people who work at and rely on those businesses. So, today’s announcement from the governor is definitely welcome,” Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “But we know that businesses can’t succeed without customers, and people who are forced to put most of their income into housing expenses can’t afford to be customers. A rising tide should lift all boats, so House Democrats are also committed to ensuring that money is made available as soon as possible to help those struggling to pay their rent. We cannot leave them behind.” “We’ve been telling people they can save lives and save local businesses by staying home and ordering in, but you can’t deliver a meal to someone who doesn’t have a home address,” House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila., said. “The Read more

 

House Democrats fight for safety and common sense

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – House Democratic leaders announced the introduction of new operating rules for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to adopt when the 2021-22 legislative session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5. These proposed rules prioritize the safety of the public and communities while ensuring that legislators are able to continue to serve all Pennsylvanians. As we ask workers at every level to mask up and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, we must do the same ourselves, Democratic leaders said. Democrats’ proposed temporary rules to help mitigate the virus include: Requiring all members to wear masks over the mouth and nose in accordance with CDC guidelines while conducting official business, including during House session and committee meetings. If a legitimate medical condition precludes a member from wearing a traditional cloth mask, a plastic full-face shield would be required. Mask-wearing was recommended in 2020 by the PA House Bipartisan Management Committee, but never became a House rule and was subsequently disregarded by many Republicans. Requiring all members to have their temperature checked before in-person attendance at committee meetings or on the House floor. Ensuring full transparency and full representation of all Pennsylvanians by giving all members, including those not physically present, the ability to use video conferencing to speak on bills and be heard by the full body, as the Pennsylvania Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

The election is over, and COVID-19 is surging. Where are Harrisburg Republicans?

(Dec 21, 2020)

We are at a crossroads as a commonwealth and a nation as we battle the most serious and deadly surge of coronavirus cases to date. Despite a White House that has focused all its attention on making baseless claims to undermine election results, the CDC continues to urge Americans to avoid gathering this holiday season to slow the spread and save lives. It’s a tall order and significant sacrifice for all of us as we grapple with the thought of not seeing friends and family members. It truly didn’t have to be this way if our leaders had worked together from the start. We know the pandemic has been grossly mismanaged at the federal level with disastrous effects. Here at home, Republicans who have held the majority in our state legislature for the last decade have spent 10 months trying every trick in their book to undermine our governor, our health professionals and a preponderance of the medical and scientific evidence that has guided Pennsylvania's pandemic response. Most recently, many have joined President Trump in his fruitless quest to disenfranchise Pennsylvania voters -- landing themselves, once again, on the wrong side of history. Even in Georgia, where President-elect Biden won by a much slimmer margin than in Pennsylvania, GOP legislators resisted the urge to pander to an inflamed mob and, instead, discharged their constitutional duty responsibly and faithfully. They didn’t take part in the Rudy Giuliani traveling COVID super-spreader Read more

 

PA House Dems stand with those impacted by mitigation efforts; call for support and safety in pandemic response

(Dec 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – Following news of the governor’s most recent mitigation efforts and hearing Republicans rebuke these safety efforts, Pennsylvania House Democratic leaders released this statement today: “As cases of COVID-19 surge throughout Pennsylvania and our hospitals become increasingly strained, the decision made by Governor Tom Wolf was a difficult but necessary choice that will undoubtedly save lives. We understand the economic impact this will have on many local businesses and are angry and frustrated that our Republican colleagues, who have held majorities in the House and Senate for years -- and through this pandemic -- continue to choose political gamesmanship over providing meaningful relief to this commonwealth. “We had an opportunity to provide $1.3 billion in relief to those impacted by this pandemic -- to provide relief to farmers, childcare providers, veterans, local restaurants, frontline workers, wineries, breweries, distillers and more. Republican leaders did not bring a single one of those bills to the floor for a vote. Relief funding should be used to set up contingencies for if and when virus mitigation efforts will need to be implemented. Instead, Republican leaders chose to use it to close funding gaps in the budget. “Unfortunately, what was left undone by our colleagues has left these industries floundering again, this time wondering how they will make it through the holidays during a deeply strained time. Read more

 

House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session

(Nov 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – The 90 members of the House Democratic Caucus who won election last week to serve during the 2021-22 session today chose their caucus leaders. Due to the high risk of Covid-19 transmission a number of lawmakers participated in the meeting virtually. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Resources for veterans

(Nov 10, 2020)

Dear Neighbor, As we approach Veterans Day, I wanted to say thank you to the many courageous men and women in our community who have served our country. For their selfless work on our behalf, they are deserving of our gratitude – and our support – always. Read more

 

Bradford, Webster announce $326K grant to help develop Zacharias Creek Trail

(Oct 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Reps. Matt Bradford and Joe Webster, both D-Montgomery, announced a grant of $326,200 for Worcester Township to be used toward development of Zacharias Creek Trail. This investment is part of a statewide announcement of roughly $7.6 million in funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Recreation and Conservation grant program. The funding for this particular project will include construction of approximately 1.15 miles of trail from the current Zacharias Creek Trail terminus near Anders Road to Evansburg State Park and a bridge, plus ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. “Trails and other outdoor activities make it easier for people to stay healthy and active during these times we are living in. We are fortunate to have many beautiful recreational areas throughout Montgomery County, and I’m pleased that this funding will help expand Zacharias Creek Trail and give us additional ways to enjoy the outdoors, especially during the pandemic,” Bradford said. Said Webster: "The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania saw unprecedented park and trail usage this past spring and summer because of COVID-19. The $326,000 in funding from DCNR for this project will allow us to connect two popular trail networks increasing multimodal access to different green spaces across our county." In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer Read more

 

E-BLAST: Vaccine eligibility expands; E-waste and shred event postponed; Important deadlines approaching
Apr 15, 2021

E-BLAST: COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline and More Updates
Apr 05, 2021

Neighborhood Assistance Program and Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program now open for applications
Mar 29, 2021

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs
Mar 22, 2021

House Democratic Leaders call on Republicans to honor promise to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Mar 19, 2021

Keystone Communities, Fish & Boat Education, and School-to-Work grant programs now open for applications
Mar 15, 2021

E-BLAST: COVID-19 vaccine resources, 2021 MontcoStrong Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, and more
Mar 09, 2021

Arts funding and PEMA Nonprofit Security grant programs now open for applications
Mar 08, 2021

Agriculture, Youth, and Capital Case Indigent Defense Funding Opportunities for Your District
Jan 25, 2021

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies
Jan 13, 2021

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session
Jan 05, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Jan. 19 update
Jan 04, 2021

House Democrats back Gov. Wolf’s business support plan, demand more help for renters facing eviction amid current COVID-19 surge
Dec 23, 2020

House Democrats fight for safety and common sense
Dec 23, 2020

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020

The election is over, and COVID-19 is surging. Where are Harrisburg Republicans?
Dec 21, 2020

PA House Dems stand with those impacted by mitigation efforts; call for support and safety in pandemic response
Dec 11, 2020

House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session
Nov 12, 2020

E-BLAST: Resources for veterans
Nov 10, 2020

Bradford, Webster announce $326K grant to help develop Zacharias Creek Trail
Oct 15, 2020