Kulik: Fire and EMS loan program now accepting applications

(Mar 14, 2022)

CORAOPOLIS, March 14 – Local fire and emergency medical service companies may be eligible for low-interest loans for vehicles, facilities and equipment, according to state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny. “This program is an important resource for first responders locally and across the commonwealth at a time when it’s been difficult for companies to raise funding to help them continue their efforts in answering the call,” Kulik said. “I encourage fire and EMS companies to look into this loan program to see if it could be beneficial to their operations.” The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Loan Program is open for applications on a rolling basis. The Office of the State Fire Commissioner provides loans ranging from $25,000 to $400,000 at a fixed 2% interest rate with varying repayment terms to eligible fire and EMS companies. A single fire or EMS company is not eligible for more than three loans at a time. Since the establishment of the FEMSLP, it has provided more than $500 million in loans. Last year, voters approved an expansion of the program to make paid and combination companies eligible for the loans in addition to volunteer fire and EMS companies. Application information is available on the Office of the State Fire Commissioner website at this link: https://www.osfc.pa.gov/GrantsandLoans/FEMSLP/Pages/default.aspx . Questions can be directed to OSFC staff at RA-VLAP@pa.gov Read more

 

Kulik: $154K grant awarded to Andrew Carnegie Free Library

(Mar 09, 2022)

CORAOPOLIS, March 9 – A $154,493 grant will fund improvements to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, announced state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny. Kulik said the funding will finance half of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library’s project to convert unimproved space on a partial floor into a meeting program space. “The Carnegie Carnegie has had a rich history as the “beacon on the hill” since 1901, but its impact goes beyond books and learning,” Kulik said. “The library is a welcoming place for the community to gather for entertainment, job fairs, art shows and so much more. This funding will provide a boost improving a space for more people to enjoy for years to come.” Nearly $5.3 million in Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities were awarded to 21 public libraries across the state, including the Andrew Carnegie Free Library. The grants are funded by a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax and administered by the state Department of Education's Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Read more

 

Rep. Kulik Sportsmen Newsletter 2022

(Feb 25, 2022)

As spring approaches, now is a good time to prepare forour return outside to the streams and open spaces of western Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Rep. Kulik Spring 2022 Newsletter

(Feb 14, 2022)

Rep. Kulik Spring 2022 Newsletter Read more

 

Kulik: $185,053 in state funding awarded to support local fire, EMS

(Feb 11, 2022)

Funding can be used for equipment, training, other expenses Read more

 

Kulik announces $76,000 in state funding for Chartiers Valley School District

(Jan 27, 2022)

CORAOPOLIS, Jan. 27 – A total of $76,292 in grants will allow the primary and intermediate schools in the Chartiers Valley School District to purchase new ovens for their cafeterias, announced State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny. “Every student should have access to healthy meals in school,” Kulik said. “The new ovens are an essential upgrade in these school cafeterias, which will help the cafeteria staff provide hot and nutritious meals to students so that they can continue to learn and grow in the classroom.” The state Department of Education administered $946,000 in competitive grants to 44 elementary, middle and high schools across Pennsylvania. Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools use grants to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. The full list of schools can be found on PDE’s website. Read more

 

Kulik announces $425,000 in Allegheny County gaming grants

(Jan 26, 2022)

CORAOPOLIS, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, announced today that the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund awarded a total of $425,000 in grant funding for projects in Scott Township, Stowe Township and Ben Avon. The following amounts were awarded: $100,000 to Scott Township for the construction of an ADA accessible restroom facility at the splash pad. $125,000 to Stowe Township for the milling and repaving of roadway along Penn Alley and Derby Alley. $200,000 to the Quaker Valley Council of Governments for the renovation of the Ben Avon Borough Building. The project includes the abatement of asbestos and lead-based paint, replacing the slate roof, replacing the overhead door, and replacing 15 windows to improve energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and security. “Securing this funding will have a positive impact on these communities by supporting projects that focus on improving safety and accessibility,” Kulik said. “I am looking forward to seeing these projects completed and enjoyed by residents.” The Allegheny County Economic Development Tourism Fund is financed by gaming activity in the county and administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the Commonwealth Financing Authority. More information on the fund is available here . Read more

 

Kulik: More than $58,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to Chartiers Valley School District

(Jan 25, 2022)

CORAOPOLIS, Jan. 25 – More than $58,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants has been awarded to Chartiers Valley School District, announced state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of grants to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. Kulik said Chartiers Valley School District was awarded $40,000 for a school police officer, as well as an $18,499 equipment grant. “Violence has no place in our schools, which should be safe environments for our children to learn,” Kulik said. “The funding awarded will help support efforts to reduce violence in schools so that our students can thrive and be productive.” In total, more than $8 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded to 303 local educational agencies statewide. For a complete list of grant recipients and their grant amounts, visit the Office for Safe Schools website at this link: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/fundinggrants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Kulik announces more than $182,000 for pedestrian safety upgrades

(Dec 23, 2021)

Funding to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists Read more

 

Rep. Kulik Winter 2021 Newsletter

(Dec 09, 2021)

My Winter 2021 newsletter features my holiday message, a look back at the year, along with information on LIHEAP and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Read more

 

Kulik announces $800,000 in state funding for Coraopolis roadway and sidewalk improvements

(Nov 19, 2021)

CORAOPOLIS, Nov. 19 – Coraopolis was awarded $800,000 in grant funding for a project that would reconstruct a deteriorated portion of Main Street to make it safer and more accessible for pedestrians and drivers, state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, announced today. Kulik said the project would reconstruct the brick roadway, install new sidewalks and ADA compliant ramps along Main Street from Sixth Avenue to Neely Heights Avenue. The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the funding through its Multimodal Transportation Program. “This state grant will allow for a major project to improve Coraopolis’s brick Main Street, which will help improve safety for pedestrians and drivers alike,” said Kulik. “I want to congratulate the borough for securing this grant and I look forward to seeing this project completed.” CFA Multimodal Transportation Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. Learn more about the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund Program here . Read more

 

Kulik: More than $221,000 in tax credits awarded to community projects

(Nov 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Anita Kulik announced today that a total of $221,250 in tax credits will support community projects that focus on revitalization and youth empowerment. “These investments address current issues facing communities in my district while providing a foundation for a brighter future,” said Kulik, D-Allegheny. “I’m pleased that some of this funding will support programs that help prepare our next generation to succeed outside of school.” Kulik said the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program awarded the funding. The program encourages investment in distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital. The following projects were awarded NAP investments: Coraopolis Community Development Corporation Inc. – Coraopolis - $180,000 will help CCDC support Coraopolis’ current residents and business owners by reducing blight, increasing greenspace, making improvements to the business district, implementing a housing pilot project, rebranding and expanding the food pantry, and offering financial and health-related counseling. Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania Inc. - Kennedy Township - $13,750 will support Junior Achievement programming through the Sto-Rox School District, which would give nearly 570 students important life lessons to help them look beyond the classroom and focus on their future. Read more

 

Kulik: House passes legislation to provide relief for restaurant industry

(Oct 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, announced the PA House has passed H.B. 425 , legislation that includes her initiative to relax some requirements for holding a liquor licenses in safekeeping to provide needed assistance to restaurants struggling during the pandemic. “Safekeeping licenses became a lifeline for business owners who have either had to close their doors or had trouble reopening due to the financial instability of the pandemic,” said Kulik, who is a member of the House Liquor Control Committee. “By offering license holders an extension on safekeeping, we’re giving them more time to regroup and consider their options in moving forward with their business.” Kulik said H.B. 425 was amended to include, from a bill she introduced earlier this year, an additional year of safekeeping, which would begin at the license’s renewal after Dec. 31, 2021, provided the licensee submits the renewal application when it is due. The legislation also includes provisions that remove barriers for outdoor dining, proposed by state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, and expand off-site catering permits, proposed by state Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery. House Bill 425 has passed the House and the Senate and is currently awaiting the governor’s signature. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Small business, school safety, public library, and truck and bus funding opportunities

(Aug 09, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Small Business Advantage Grant Program (Funding Source: Recycling Fund & Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund) Who May Apply : Registered Pennsylvania for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and which are taxed as a for-profit business. Use : To purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes. Examples of eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, digital X-ray equipment, solvent recovery systems, water and waste recycling processes, auxiliary power units (APUs), and agricultural BMPs. Projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects must quantify the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loadings reaching the receiving waterway. Funds : 50% matching reimbursement grants up to a maximum of $5,000. Application Deadline : First-come, first-served until funds are expended . More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/SmallBusinessOmbudsmanOffice/Pages/Small%20Business%20Advantage%20Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: ATV/Snowmobile Grants Read more

 

Now open for applications: Keystone Communities, public transportation vehicles, substance misuse, and agriculture funding opportunities

(Jul 07, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use : Projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. Funds : Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the intended project. Application Deadline : Concept proposals due July 30 More Information : Click on Specialty Crops Grant Program (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Section 5310 Private Nonprofit (PNP) Vehicle Grant Program ( Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Private nonprofit organizations and designated public bodies. Use : To purchase new wheelchair accessible small transit vehicles used to provide transportation services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities who cannot be reasonably accommodated by existing transportation providers. Funds : Federal capital assistance to pay up to 80% of the purchase cost. Application Deadline : August Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jul 07, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here's a look at what's available right now: STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program (Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Who May Apply : Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. Use : Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. Funds : Maximum rebates of $4,000 per plug for full public access and networked charging projects, $3,500 per plug for multi-unit dwelling projects and $3,000 per plug for all other eligible projects, including workplace charging. Application Deadline : First come, first-served. More Information : Click on https://gis.dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward/ . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Children’s Trust Fund (Funding Source: Children’s Trust Fund) Who May Apply : Any organization operating in Pennsylvania that provides direct services and meets the criteria in this Request for Applications (“RFA”) is eligible to apply. Use : To support community-based child abuse and neglect Read more

 

Kulik: $171,000 in grants awarded to area first responders

(Jul 01, 2021)

CORAOPOLIS, July 1 – State Rep. Anita Kulik announced a total of $171,549 in grants have been awarded to 14 fire and emergency medical services companies. Kulik, D-Allegheny, said the funding is provided by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. “Over the past year, fire and EMS companies never wavered in their commitment to their communities, even as the pandemic took a toll on their fundraising efforts and other resources,” Kulik said. “This grant funding is one way to help them continue the good work and provide services that keep us safe.” The grants awarded are as follows: Ben Avon Fire Co.: $11,698. Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department: $13,480. Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue: $11,520. Coraopolis Volunteer Fire Department: $13,659. Emsworth Volunteer Fire Co. Inc.: $12,589. Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department: $12,946. Glendale Hose Co. Number One: $13,302. Kennedy Township Independent Volunteer Fire Co.: $12,589. Moon Run Volunteer Fire Co.: $14,372. Neville Island General Volunteer Fire Department: $12,411. Robinson Emergency Medical Service Inc.: $8,993. Robinson Township Volunteer Fire Co. #1: $13,124. Scott Township Emergency Medical Service: $8,993. Stowe Township Volunteer Fire Department: $11,876. Read more

 

Kulik: $310,000 awarded to fight blight

(May 25, 2021)

CORAOPOLIS, May 25 – Tapping into state funding to remove blight, eliminate danger and prepare land for reuse, state Rep. Anita Kulik today announced $310,000 in grants for two projects impacting her district in Allegheny County. Kulik, D-Allegheny, welcomed the Commonwealth Financing Authority awards – $110,000 for Stowe Township and $200,000 for the Char-West Council of Governments – as a vital tool to remediate blight and set in motion potential redevelopment. “Everyone knows the damaging effect that blight has on public safety, property values and a community’s desirability as a place for families to live and businesses to invest,” Kulik said. “This state aid will help eliminate those negatives and turn our comeback tide in an even more positive direction.” Kulik provided this breakdown of the CFA funding through the state’s Blight Mediation Program: Stowe Township will use its $110,000 to demolish seven properties that are beyond repair and present a clear danger to the community, in keeping with the township’s blight remediation plan. Char-West Council of Governments will use its $200,000 to demolish 12 properties sprinkled throughout 10 Allegheny County municipalities, each of which has a blighted structure and will see the site restored for future development. A few of them include asbestos abatement. The state’s Blight Remediation Read more

 

Kulik announces more than $250,000 in grants for recreation, watershed restoration projects

(Apr 21, 2021)

CORAOPOLIS, April 21 – Grant funding totaling $250,750 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will be used to rehabilitate a park in Carnegie, reconstruct a trail damaged by a landslide in Rosslyn Farms and reduce sediment pollution at a stream in Coraopolis, according to state Rep. Anita Kulik. CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program awarded funding to the following: $85,750 to Carnegie Borough for the Seventh Avenue Community Park Rehabilitation Phase 1, which includes installing new playground equipment, a rain garden and landscaping. $40,000 to Rosslyn Farms Borough for the Edgecliff Trail Rehabilitation. The project aims to repair part of the trail that was damaged by a small landslide and surfacing a portion of the trail with wood chips. CFA’s Watershed Restoration and Protection Program awarded funding to the following: $125,000 to the Coraopolis Water and Sewer Authority for the McCabe Run Stream Restoration. The project includes reinforcing and stabilizing the streambank, along with planting trees and shrubs, to reduce sediment pollution to the McCabe Run-Ohio River HUC 12 watershed. “ This funding is a great help for communities to be able to improve spaces that encourage residents to spend time outside,” said Kulik, D-Allegheny. “Repairing the landslide damage to Edgecliff Trail will allow people who walk the path to enjoy it again, as well as reconnect Read more

 

Kulik legislation providing restaurants relief from paying safekeeping fees receives committee vote

(Mar 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Anita Kulik announced today the House Liquor Control Committee unanimously voted out her legislation that would provide restaurants relief from paying safekeeping fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation would allow a one-year reprieve from paying liquor license renewal or validation fees for license holders whose businesses are not operational. It was included as an amendment in a larger restaurant relief effort, H.B. 452 , which would remove barriers to providing outdoor dining for licensed establishments and would allow more flexibility for off-site catering. “Restaurants and bars have faced great uncertainty, setbacks and economic losses stemming from the pandemic,” said Kulik, D-Allegheny. “This relief would allow hard-hit businesses time to regroup before having to pay fees associated with keeping a liquor license in safekeeping.” The legislation now moves to the full House for further consideration. Read more

 

Kulik: Fire and EMS loan program now accepting applications
Mar 14, 2022

Kulik: $154K grant awarded to Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Mar 09, 2022

Rep. Kulik Sportsmen Newsletter 2022
Feb 25, 2022

Rep. Kulik Spring 2022 Newsletter
Feb 14, 2022

Kulik: $185,053 in state funding awarded to support local fire, EMS
Feb 11, 2022

Kulik announces $76,000 in state funding for Chartiers Valley School District
Jan 27, 2022

Kulik announces $425,000 in Allegheny County gaming grants
Jan 26, 2022

Kulik: More than $58,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to Chartiers Valley School District
Jan 25, 2022

Kulik announces more than $182,000 for pedestrian safety upgrades
Dec 23, 2021

Rep. Kulik Winter 2021 Newsletter
Dec 09, 2021

Kulik announces $800,000 in state funding for Coraopolis roadway and sidewalk improvements
Nov 19, 2021

Kulik: More than $221,000 in tax credits awarded to community projects
Nov 09, 2021

Kulik: House passes legislation to provide relief for restaurant industry
Oct 28, 2021

Now open for applications: Small business, school safety, public library, and truck and bus funding opportunities
Aug 09, 2021

Now open for applications: Keystone Communities, public transportation vehicles, substance misuse, and agriculture funding opportunities
Jul 07, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jul 07, 2021

Kulik: $171,000 in grants awarded to area first responders
Jul 01, 2021

Kulik: $310,000 awarded to fight blight
May 25, 2021

Kulik announces more than $250,000 in grants for recreation, watershed restoration projects
Apr 21, 2021

Kulik legislation providing restaurants relief from paying safekeeping fees receives committee vote
Mar 16, 2021