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STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: DEI in the Building and Construction Trades Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Organizations that serve as sponsors or intermediaries of Registered Apprenticeship and/or Pre-Apprenticeship in the building and construction trades. Use : To develop diverse talent pipelines and reach underrepresented populations within the building and construction trades. Funds : $1 million in total program funding. Application Deadline : April 26, 2023 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT): Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Program (Funding Source: State, Federal, & Private Funding) Who May Apply : Private companies. Use : To develop innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : April 30, 2023 More Information : Click on https://www.penndot.pa.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/p3forpa/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Youth Reentry Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Read more
Condemns statement as callous to hungry Pennsylvanians Read more
“The right to counsel is a fundamental right, essential to a fair trial and due process of law,” said Kinkead. “Our public defenders ensure that our criminal justice system works as it is supposed to – with quality representation on both sides – but that only happens if the government does its part in properly funding our public defense. Allegheny County is the second most populous county in the state, with a criminal caseload to match, and yet until very recently had some of the lowest paid public defenders in our Commonwealth because our state has shifted the burden of paying for this constitutional right to our counties for far too long.” Read more
HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead sent a letter to Gov. Josh Shapiro today requesting his support for state budget initiatives guaranteeing no child in the Pennsylvania public school system will go hungry during the time they are supposed to be learning. “The federal pandemic programs guaranteeing free breakfast and lunch in schools over the past three years demonstrated the immense benefits of providing free school meals,” said Kinkead. “Why stop now? Learning minds require nutrition whether a pandemic is happening or not. We have the money, and we know it benefits both educators and students in our schools. This is a real opportunity to permanently improve all Pennsylvania schools and it would be foolish not to pursue it.” In the letter, Kinkead thanked Shapiro for highlighting food insecurity in his budget address but was adamant she believes his proposal does not go far enough to address child hunger. Most notably, where Shapiro included free breakfast in his budget proposal, she is requesting an estimated $275 million be added to the state budget to provide universal free school meals – breakfast and lunch – to all K-12 students in Pennsylvania public schools. She is also requesting an additional $30 million increase to the state’s supplement for the community eligibility programs and $25 million to be used to retire student lunch debt across the Commonwealth. “Altogether, this request Read more
State Rep. Emily Kinkead sent a letter to Gov. Josh Shapiro today requesting his support for state budget initiatives guaranteeing no child in the Pennsylvania public school system will go hungry during the time they are supposed to be learning. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, called for increasing outreach and expanding public food resources at a legislative lunch and learn hosted by the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Coalition at the state Capitol today. “Inflating food prices over the past year, coupled with the end of federal pandemic programs, will be devastating for many low-income families in the Commonwealth,” said Kinkead. “Whether it’s connecting people to community food banks or state programs like the Senior Food Box, we need to do more to ensure food insecure Pennsylvanians can pay their grocery bills and access adequate nutrition.” According to the PHAC, more than 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors are eligible for the existing Pennsylvania Senior Food Box , but only about 35,000 are enrolled to receive it this year. Kinkead said spreading awareness about the underutilized program could be one way to provide relief to the many Pennsylvanians heading toward a “hunger cliff.” Kinkead emphasized more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians are enrolled in SNAP and that beneficiary households are expected to receive about $180 less per month, expressing concern that existing programs and resources may be overwhelmed by the increased demand. “Hunger doesn’t always look like a person holding a cardboard sign; it often looks like a parent working full-time on minimum wage or a young student becoming disruptive in class because they Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 24 – A state grant of $750,000 has been awarded to Northland Public Library Authority, which serves residents of the 20th Legislative District, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced today. “Libraries make knowledge accessible to everyone,” said Kinkead. “Because they are free to access, they grant low-income families in every community entry to a wealth of educational resources, as well as tools to access government programs and apply for jobs. Tax dollars invested in public libraries pay dividends by expanding opportunities for everyone, and I will continue advocating for investments from the state to help our libraries grow so that they can continue to help our communities thrive.” The grants pay up to 50% of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries. Examples of fundable projects include but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, roof improvements, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction. More than $4 million was awarded to 21 public libraries across the state through this round of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Regional workforce development organization Partner4Work will receive a $260,000 grant through the state Department of Labor & Industry’s Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. Reflecting on the recent House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in McCandless addressing critical health care staffing issues, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair, said the investment will play a significant role in filling the employment void hospitals and care providers have been facing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “While this is an important investment from the state, it’s just a drop in the bucket,” said Pisciottano. “There is a colossal shortage of health care workers right now, and fixing this problem is going to require a more aggressive pursuit of policy reforms and funding initiatives at all levels.” Through its Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, P4W will use Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership grant funding to establish health care partnerships, expand community outreach between employers and potential workers, and promote apprenticeship opportunities in the health care industry, specifically preparing individuals for careers as licensed professional nurses and certified nursing assistants. The grant program is part of the COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Read more
“The pandemic served as a wakeup call for many workers,” said Kinkead, who co-hosted the roundtable. “They saw employers demanding more work without any financial incentives, and this happened in some instances while zero safety precautions had been offered or even considered to protect the health of workers. I’m excited to report, however, that in the wake of these trying circumstances, workers are realizing their true bargaining power and the true benefits of organized labor.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – State Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr., R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, announced today that he will once again serve as co-chair of the Legislative Hunger Caucus and will be joined by Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, as the House co-chair for the 2023-2024 Legislative Session. “I’m excited to welcome Representative Kinkead as caucus co-chair this session and look forward to another successful growing season in our hunger garden, which harvested over 700 pounds of produce last season,” said Vogel. “I also hope to continue our momentum in September with the annual food drive, when we recognize Hunger Action Month across the state and highlight the critical importance of food banks in our communities.” “Hunger is perhaps the least partisan issue Pennsylvanians face,” said Kinkead. “Despite our state’s reputation as a world leader in food production and processing, data shows that over 1.1 million of our state residents struggle with food insecurity in both rural and urban communities. If elected officials at all levels work together and prioritize this issue, I believe we can end hunger in Pennsylvania.” The Hunger Caucus was founded in 2008 by former state Sen. Mike Brubaker, R-Chester/Lancaster, with the goal of educating legislators on food insecurity issues, improving access to nutrition programs and combating hunger across the state. In 2010, the Hunger Caucus established the Capitol Hunger Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Regional Recovery Hubs Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organization or governmental entity. Use : To support a Recovery-Oriented-System of Care (ROSC) by establishing a Recovery Hub and Spoke model. Funds : Nine grants up to $500,000 each will be awarded.. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Information : https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2023-01%20Regional%20Recovery%20Hubs_2023.01.11_FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 Funds (Funding Source: SAEDR Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organizations may partner with governmental entities, including school districts, provided the nonprofit organization is the applicant. Use : To provide research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, treatment, training, and education services to reduce substance use or to provide resources to assist families in accessing the services needed to reduce substance use behavior, as well as strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead took the oath of office in the state Capitol today to begin her second term representing the 20th Legislative District in Allegheny County. For her second term, Kinkead said she plans to continue pursuing legislative priorities that promote safer and more equitable schools and communities, criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, and support for landslide victims, among other things. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue improving Allegheny County communities and making them more accessible for everyone,” said Kinkead. “I fought hard in Harrisburg alongside my Democratic colleagues throughout my first term. I’m eager to continue that fight, now as a member of the majority party in the state House, and help create a better life for all Pennsylvanians.” In addition to pushing policy changes in Harrisburg, Kinkead said her Bellevue office is ready to help constituents with a variety of state-related services, including home heating assistance, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and Property Tax/Rent Rebate assistance. Residents can visit RepEmilyKinkead.com to find out more. The 20th Legislative District includes about 62,000 residents in the township of Ross, the boroughs of Avalon, Bellevue and West View, and the 26th and 27th wards of Pittsburgh. Judge John McNally Read more
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To Read more
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 21 – A $2 million state grant has been awarded to support the renovation and expansion of the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital, state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Children's Hospital is a leading force for innovation in pediatric medicine,” said Kinkead. “This funding will quite literally be lifesaving for children in our region and across the country that are in need of cardiac care.” Kinkead specified that the project will involve the following: Addressing foundational, structure, and mechanical systems. Renovating clinical spaces; upgrading them with new catheterization labs, including a hybrid lab connected to a new cardiac MRI suite; plus, extra lab space and upgrading any outdated equipment. Creating a new patient waiting area, staff offices and a direct connection to the cafeteria. Transforming part of the patio into a dining and play area. The funding is provided by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , which is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16 – Over $920,000 in state grants has been awarded to four local renovation projects, state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, announced today. “These investments will improve existing infrastructure and create opportunities for our residents,” Kinkead said. “State grants like these are competitive and I’ll continue fighting to bring tax dollars back to our community in my role as a state legislator.” The awarded projects are: $100,000 to the North Hills Council of Governments to renovate Powell Park, the largest and most frequently used park in West View Borough named in memory of the Honorable Mayor Richard E. Powell. The project includes new lighting and painting of the existing gazebo, new playground equipment, new fencing and gates around the playground, improvements and resurfacing of the basketball court, installation of a new pickleball and corn hole court, new park benches and picnic tables, and upgrades to the existing picnic tables. $200,000 to Ross Township to replace the existing concrete culvert at the Nelson Run Road stream crossing. The project also includes road support walls, erosion and sedimentation controls, stormwater improvements, relocation of utilities, paving and further restoration. $448,000 to the Pittsburgh Symphony to offset the cost of installing a gas boiler to provide a new Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Pennsylvania Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania local workforce development boards. Use : To support the convening of Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnerships in lower moderate-income communities and guide the development and registration of healthcare apprenticeship programs, with emphasis on nursing occupations, through group sponsorships. Funds : Up to $260,000. Application Deadline : November 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Documents/Nurse-Pathway-IP/Nursing%20Pathway%20Apprenticeship%20IP%20NGA%20FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (WFSG) 2.0 (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible DHS certified childcare providers. Use : To provide funding to eligible DHS certified childcare providers (providers) for staff retention and staff recruitment purposes. Funds : Variable depending on staff levels. Application Deadline : December 6, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants2/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Read more
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