Burns: Cambria projects could be eligible for grant programs

Urges local orgs to apply: ‘If we don’t take advantage of this, someone else will’

EBENSBURG, July 1 – Earlier in June Loretto Borough and Saint Michael School celebrated safety improvements on Syberton Road, a project that was made possible thanks to a state grant and state Rep. Frank Burns’ assistance.

Pointing to that and other successes in the region, Burns, D-Cambria, today is urging local organizations, schools, businesses and local governments to apply for two grant programs, one related to transportation and the other to expand broadband.

“Since taking office I’ve helped secure more than $250 million in state grants for local projects here in Cambria County. That success comes from working with local partners to get their projects approved, but I can’t do that if folks don’t apply,” Burns said. “This money is available, and if we don’t take advantage of this, someone else will.”

Grant programs currently accepting applications include:

  • CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund: July 31  

    Municipalities, school districts, private businesses, nonprofits, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, railroad operators, port terminal operators can apply for grants for development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities; streetscape; lighting; sidewalk enhancement; pedestrian safety; connectivity of transportation assets; and transit-oriented development.
  • CFA Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program: September 24  

    Any nongovernmental entity with the technical, managerial, and financial expertise to design, build and operate a high-speed broadband service infrastructure within Pennsylvania can apply for this grant for acquisition, construction, equipment, and site preparation costs associated with the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure to unserved areas.

Information on these two programs can be found by following this link.