Burns encourages entities to apply for statewide grant for public interest projects

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – Continuing his pledge to inform the public about available state grant opportunities, state Rep. Frank Burns highlighted a program currently accepting applications that uses state gaming money to fund a wide variety of projects.

The Statewide Local Share Account program is available to counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, economic development agencies, redevelopment authorities, land banks and councils of government to apply for up to $1 million in funding for public interest projects. Funding can be used for construction or demolition; infrastructure improvements; purchasing vehicles, machinery or equipment; planning/design costs for future projects and more.

“When the state ventured into gaming, casinos were required to give the state a portion of their proceeds for projects that would improve the quality of life for Pennsylvanians,” Burns said. “This program is again open for applications, and I encourage those eligible to apply to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The deadline to apply is Nov. 30. For more information, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website.

“Remember, if you don’t apply, that’s public money that will be spent somewhere else in the state,” Burns added.

Burns lists this grant program and other open programs on his website at www.RepBurns.com. Entities with questions or that are interested in applying can contact his office for assistance at 814-536-8400.