Gergely applauds grants totaling $675,000 for community projects

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, announced that a total of $675,000 in grants has been awarded to multiple community projects throughout the 35th Legislative District.

Accounting for $525,000 are grants made possible by the Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund under the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Grant recipients are:

  • Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh: $75,000 for repairs to a multicultural center and function hall in West Mifflin.
  • First Step Recovery Homes Inc.: $50,000 for homeless housing expansion at 416 Olive St. in McKeesport.
  • Homestead Borough: $50,000 for upkeeping the Betty and Wanda Amphitheater.
  • Lincoln Borough: $100,000 for maintenance on the stormwater system near 335 Dora Drive.
  • McKeesport Area School District: $50,000 for D.A.R.E. program.
  • Munhall Borough: $75,000 for Main Street Business Corridor Improvement project.
  • Steel Rivers Council of Governments: $75,000 for demolition of buildings in Duquesne and $50,000 for Heritage Hill Park walking trail renovations.

The remaining $150,000 in grants come courtesy of the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Grant recipients are:

  • Homestead Borough: $50,000 for the Monongahela River fishing pier.
  • Lincoln Borough: $50,000 for improvements to Breznay Field.
  • West Homestead Borough: $50,000 for the West Homestead Recreation Park project.

“Helping to secure these dollars is a tremendous win for the housing, educational, infrastructural, recreational, and cultural endeavors at the heart of the awards,” Gergely said. “My thanks to Senator Jim Brewster for his collaboration on these critical investments in citizens and communities.”

GEDTF grants are appropriated from state gaming revenues and are utilized for community and economic development projects in Allegheny County. GTRP grants involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation statewide.