A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 30, 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

 

Now open for applications: Pregnancy support, career/technical training, museum, library and vaccine funding opportunities

(Jun 17, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol: Pregnancy Support Services (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Community service providers able to serve pregnant and postpartum women with stimulant or opioid misuse issues. Single County Authorities (county drug and alcohol offices) and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) licensed treatment providers are not eligible to apply. Use : To provide pregnancy support services or make referrals to aid pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder. Funds : Approximately 10 to 12 grants up to $600,000 each will be awarded for 18-month projects. Application Deadline : July 13 at 12 PM. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/DDAPFunding/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: 2021-22 PA Academic and Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Competitive Funding (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Privately operated residential facilities, community-based providers, and juvenile probation offices that are not currently PACTT Affiliates. Use : To develop programs in the following PACTT service areas that adhere to PACTT Standards in order to gain affiliate status: core programming; academic instruction; work related services; and job skills training. Funds : Grants of up to $20,000. No Read more

 

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities

(Jun 15, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program ( Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any nongovernmental entity with the technical, managerial, and financial expertise to design, build and operate a high-speed broadband service infrastructure within Pennsylvania. Use : Acquisition, construction, equipment, and site preparation costs associated with the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure to unserved areas, which are geographic areas in which households or businesses do not have access to at least 25 megabits per second downstream speeds and 3 megabits per second upstream speeds. Funds : Grants up to $1 million or 75% of the total project costs, whichever is less. Applicant must commit its own private capital to fund at least 25% of the total project cost. Funding from other federal, state or local government grants or other subsidies can be used to finance the project but will not be considered to be part of the private capital requirement. Application Deadline : September 24 More Information : Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/unserved-high-speed-broadband-funding-program-uhsb/ . OTHER PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/The GIANT Company: 2021 Healing the Planet Grant Program ( Funding Source: Private Funds) Read more

 

With no increase to Pa.’s minimum wage since 2009, Boyle reintroduces legislation to allow municipalities to raise their own minimum wage

(Mar 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – In an effort to work around lawmakers’ failure to enact a statewide minimum wage increase for more than a decade, state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, has reintroduced a bill that would give municipalities the ability to raise their own minimum wage. “No one should be working 40 hours or more a week and still be unable to pay their bills, feed their family or make ends meet,” Boyle said. “But our failure to act in the legislature has put too many people who have a family to support in this predicament. “The impact of the coronavirus has only made matters worse,” Boyle continued. “It’s time that we give the hardworking people in Pennsylvania – like minimum wage earners who work in the hospitality industry and health care who were so important we deemed them ‘essential’ during this global pandemic – the dignity that comes with earning a living wage, and we can do that by giving municipalities the power to do what’s best for the people who live in their locale.” The 2006 amendment to Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act prohibits individual municipalities from setting their own wages. Boyle said that prohibition is outdated and ignores the differences in the cost of living and other factors from one city or town to the next, and that’s why he has introduced this legislation to repeal that section of the 2006 act. “My legislation Read more

 

Boyle introduces resolution to condemn insurrection at U.S. Capitol and those who stoked it

(Jan 13, 2021)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, wants state lawmakers to quickly act on an official rebuke of last week’s seditious insurrection against the United States and the people who worked for months to stoke it, including President Donald Trump, state and federal Republican lawmakers and leaders, and the right-wing media. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – A group of 10 House Democrats announced the introduction of changes to the Operating Rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reduce the impact of partisan politics, make sure ideas with broad public support get a fair hearing, and restore the people’s faith in government after the damage done by extremists in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. The People Before Politics plan was crafted with this central idea: lawmakers work for the people, not the other way around. It focuses on openness, transparency and citizen control of the legislative process. The People Before Politics plan includes the following proposals: Amendment 1 – The Voice of the People, sponsored by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. This amendment would make sure each House member has an opportunity to speak at a designated time during the first full session day of the week on any topic, similar to how the U.S. House of Representatives allows members to speak. This change would end the requirement of “unanimous consent” so often abused by extremists to silence members and prevent legislative topics bottled up in committee from being heard by the people. Amendment 2 – Let the People See, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware . This amendment would restore the rule requiring a full 24 hours before final passage of any bill, including all bills amended in the House chamber or in committee, or sent over from the state Read more

 

Boyle: Let’s Not Steal Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

(Dec 29, 2020)

As Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee, Rep. Kevin Boyle spent much of 2020 fighting to keep the Commonwealth on a safe path to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Boyle Continues Fight for Fair Elections

(Dec 29, 2020)

As the Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle worked tirelessly in 2020 to make sure voters could cast their ballots in a safe and timely manner, despite the efforts of House Republicans to suppress those votes. Read more

 

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud

(Nov 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee, again denounced the ongoing recklessness of House Republicans after they held yet another news conference Monday during which they called into question the integrity of the election process in Pennsylvania without evidence of any wrongdoing or impropriety.  Read more

 

Boyle Opposes Unnecessary Audit of 2020 Election

(Nov 20, 2020)

Democratic Chairman of the House State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle spoke against a measure by Republicans, calling for an unnecessary audit of the 2020 election. He defended election officials who were successful in preventing voter fraud and ensuring every vote was counted. Read more

 

Boyle: House Republicans’ latest baseless attempt to sow doubt in the election process and delay certification of election results ‘shameful’

(Nov 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee, denounced the partisan posturing House Republicans exhibited Tuesday morning when they called for an investigative committee with subpoena power to audit the election process in Pennsylvania, while admitting they have no evidence of any wrongdoing or impropriety. “If you want to ensure that the election process here in Pennsylvania is fair and free, you can start by not sowing doubt and discord without evidence of any wrongdoing,” Boyle said.  Read more

 

ICYMI: State Rep. Kevin Boyle featured in The New Yorker article about election concerns in Pennsylvania

(Oct 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – In case you missed it, State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was featured in an article in The New Yorker magazine this week discussing his concerns about the upcoming election and the tactics Republicans might take to steer the results. In the article, Boyle spoke about the Select Committee on Election Integrity that House Republicans sought to create in recent weeks, before a Republican member of the State Government Committee tested positive for COVID-19, and House session was delayed. Boyle spoke about how Republicans had thwarted efforts by Democrats and a few Republicans to allow pre-canvassing by counties to begin ahead of the election, and he expressed his concern that House Republicans could reintroduce the legislation to create the Select Committee on Election Integrity immediately after Election Day, ultimately influencing the outcome of the election. “It’s pretty clear that Republicans are carrying Trump’s strategy to delay the vote count in Pennsylvania,” Boyle said in The New Yorker article. “This whole pre-canvassing thing is about creating doubt in the results so they can sell the override of the state popular vote.” The full article in The New Yorker can be read on The New Yorker’s website . Read more

 

In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win

(Oct 30, 2020)

On September 10th, Kevin Boyle, a Democratic state representative in Pennsylvania, opened his e-mail to find an invitation to a Zoom call with several Democratic advocates and former politicians. They wanted to speak with him on behalf of Keep Our Republic, a nonpartisan civic-engagement group that formed this past summer, amid the pandemic, to investigate unconventional threats to the election. The call included high-powered figures such as Richard Gephardt, the former U.S. representative and Presidential candidate, and Tom Rogers, the founder of MSNBC and CNBC. Boyle, who is forty and has a thick beard, represents a working-class district in northeast Philadelphia. He wondered why they wanted to talk to him. “I’m not a big shot,” he told me recently. “I represent sixty-five thousand people.” Read more

 

Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives

(Oct 28, 2020)

' HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle and Tina Davis today discussed legislation to expand and protect access to contraceptives. Krueger, Boyle and Davis introduced H.B. 2813 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows virtually any employer to opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage if they object to birth control on religious or moral grounds. The bill would protect access to this important form of health care by making sure insurers in Pennsylvania provide coverage for contraception. “Now more than ever, we need Pennsylvania to take action. Creating barriers to this basic preventative care puts the health and well-being of millions of Pennsylvania women at risk,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “In addition to preventing unintended pregnancies, contraceptives are often used to address a variety of women’s health issues. This legislation would help make sure women are able to make their own medical decisions and receive quality care.” Boyle, D-Montgomery/Phila, said, "Birth control is health care, and health care should be accessible to everyone. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court potentially cutting off access to birth control for 2.5 million women, it's vital that we act to provide another option to ensure women have access to the health care they need." Davis, D-Bucks, added, “Contraception is a fundamental aspect of Read more

 

Boyle, Kenyatta to introduce legislation to ensure democracy isn't compromised in the November election

(Sep 28, 2020)

Just weeks before the general election, state Reps. Kevin Boyle and Malcolm Kenyatta are introducing legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania's election laws and help ensure democracy isn't compromised in November. "It's no secret that this president will go to great lengths to ensure victory, no matter what the American people want," said House State Government Committee Democratic Chairman Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. "With Pennsylvania being a key battleground state, we have a responsibility in the state legislature to close unnecessary loopholes and make sure everyone's vote counts." Boyle said today their proposal would crackdown on so-called faithless electors by amending Pennsylvania's Election Code to require presidential electors to vote for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the highest number of votes in the commonwealth during the general election. Under this plan, which is similar to Colorado and Oklahoma's law, faithless electors who vote against the candidates they vowed to support, would: Face a misdemeanor punishable by fine. Have their vote invalidated. Be replaced. “Faithless electors disregard the will of the people and ultimately tarnish the integrity of our democracy,” Kenyatta Read more

 

Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election

(Sep 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in urging swift action on legislation that would provide the support county election officials need to make sure Pennsylvanians can vote safely and have their ballots timely counted. Boyle, Wolf and other public officials met in York today to outline the legislation the General Assembly should pass this month to improve the mail-in ballot process ahead of the Nov. 3 general election and give county officials the time they need to count ballots and return election results quickly. “The House State Government Committee is planning to meet this Wednesday to discuss legislation related to the election code. We have an opportunity in committee this week to make vital, time sensitive changes to allow counties more time to pre-canvass mail ballots so they can return election results timely on Election Day,” said Boyle, who serves as Democratic chairman of the committee. “Immediate action is needed to address the enormous volume of mail-in ballots expected to be cast. We need to ensure that Pennsylvania does not become a national embarrassment on Election Day. “To that end, I am introducing several amendments this week during committee, to expand counties’ ability to pre-canvass mail-in ballots, and to expand county residents’ eligibility to serve as poll workers.” Boyle said the committee is Read more

 

House State Government Committee Update

(Sep 10, 2020)

The abrupt entrance of COVID-19 and the movement to guarantee voting rights and access has resulted in an even greater need to put the House State Government Committee to work. This newsletter details some of the legislation the committee, of which I am the Democratic chairman, has worked on over the past year and a half. Read more

 

Boyle Expresses Confidence in Vote-By-Mail Security, USPS

(Aug 11, 2020)

Democratic Chairman of the State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle reaffirmed his confidence in Pennsylvania’s new mail-in voting laws. Boyle went on to challenge President Trump’s claim that expanded mail-in voting is part of a Democratic plot to rig the 2020 election pointing out that 105 of 107 Republicans in the Pa. House voted for the new election code. Read more

 

Boyle seeks attorney general investigation into House COVID-19 case kept secret

(May 28, 2020)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle is appealing to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the actions of House Republican lawmakers and leaders and any House officials who failed to duly notify lawmakers and staff of a House lawmaker's COVID-19 positive test as required by the Department of Health and CDC. Read more

 

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP leadership must strike reprehensible comments from the record

(May 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – Today, House State Government Committee Chairman Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to Rep. Chris Dush’s comments today in committee: "Comparing Governor Wolf’s Administration’s policies in relation to his response to this pandemic to the Nazi Party of 1930s and 40s Germany is incomprehensible and evil. I was very disappointed no Republican member of the State Government Committee joined me in condemning these comments. I call upon GOP leadership to repudiate these disturbing comments made by Representative Dush and strike them from the record.” A video clip of Boyle’s full statement today in committee is available to watch here. Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 30, 2021

Now open for applications: Pregnancy support, career/technical training, museum, library and vaccine funding opportunities
Jun 17, 2021

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities
Jun 15, 2021

With no increase to Pa.’s minimum wage since 2009, Boyle reintroduces legislation to allow municipalities to raise their own minimum wage
Mar 23, 2021

Boyle introduces resolution to condemn insurrection at U.S. Capitol and those who stoked it
Jan 13, 2021

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first
Jan 04, 2021

Boyle: Let’s Not Steal Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Dec 29, 2020

Boyle Continues Fight for Fair Elections
Dec 29, 2020

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud
Nov 23, 2020

Boyle Opposes Unnecessary Audit of 2020 Election
Nov 20, 2020

Boyle: House Republicans’ latest baseless attempt to sow doubt in the election process and delay certification of election results ‘shameful’
Nov 10, 2020

ICYMI: State Rep. Kevin Boyle featured in The New Yorker article about election concerns in Pennsylvania
Oct 30, 2020

In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win
Oct 30, 2020

Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives
Oct 28, 2020

Boyle, Kenyatta to introduce legislation to ensure democracy isn't compromised in the November election
Sep 28, 2020

Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election
Sep 15, 2020

House State Government Committee Update
Sep 10, 2020

Boyle Expresses Confidence in Vote-By-Mail Security, USPS
Aug 11, 2020

Boyle seeks attorney general investigation into House COVID-19 case kept secret
May 28, 2020

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP leadership must strike reprehensible comments from the record
May 04, 2020