State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 16, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations. Use : Projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. Funds : Reimbursement grants up to 50% of project costs. The minimum matching grant is $1,000. A total of $253,000 will be available statewide. Application Deadline : March 5 More Information : See the February 13, 2021, PA Bulletin at Pennsylvania Bulletin (pacodeandbulletin.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Fund ing ) 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 Read more

 

Resources: Free Tax Assistance or Free Tax Filing

(Feb 16, 2021)

Free Tax Assistance or Free Tax Filing Community Action Agency of Delaware County Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all services will be ONLY Virtual/Drop-Off filing method. There is no in-office tax preparation this year . All services will be done by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. To schedule services please first call (610) 833-4455 (ext. 1212) or by e-mail at sabraham@caadc.org or caadc.vita@gmail.com . Please do so first before dropping off any information. Drop-off sites include: CAADC Boothwyn Office – 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061 Wesley House – 701 Madison Street, Chester, PA 19013 Sharon Hill Commons – 401 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill, PA 19079 Upper Darby Municipal Building – 100 Garrett Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082 Campaign For Working Families Has in-person drop off appts, virtual tax prep help and link for e-filing. *note this is a Philadelphia based organization and most in person drop off locations are within city limits. 215-454.6483 Campaign for Working Families Inc. – Free Tax Prep & Resource Building (cwfphilly.org) PA Dept of Revenue www.revenue.pa.gov There are 3 different pathways residents can select for their filing needs. MyPath - state taxes only, free for most Read more

 

Updates on COVID-19, unemployment programs and more

(Feb 02, 2021)

Read the latest news from Harrisburg and updates for the 161st District Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 31 Update

(Feb 01, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development: Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) (Funding Source: General Fund) Eligibility : 501c3 nonprofits Use : Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects by eligible nonprofits to serve low-income individuals and improve distressed areas. Projects can include affordable housing, community economic development, community services, education, neighborhood conservation, crime prevention, job training, or charitable food assistance. A special-priority category this year is COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Justice Issues, which can include a variety of COVID related services as well as projects that strive to increase awareness of or improve social justice issues within marginalized communities in Pennsylvania. See guidelines for more information. Funds : State tax credits up to 80%, depending upon the program category, for businesses that donate to the nonprofit. Application Deadline : May 28. Applicants submitting a solicitation plan in lieu of firm commitments must have their contributors confirmed by August 31, 2021. More Information : Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/neighborhood-assistance-program-nap/ . Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their projects prior to application with their Regional DCED Office: https://dced.pa.gov/dced-regional-offices/ . Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Read more

 

Krueger to relocate Folsom office on Feb. 1

(Jan 28, 2021)

FOLSOM, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger announced today that her Folsom office will move to a new location effective Feb. 1. The new office will be at 1300 E. MacDade Blvd., Suite 1, at the corner of MacDade Boulevard and Folsom Avenue. The office is just one block from the traffic light at the Swarthmore Avenue intersection. Krueger and her staff will be offering services remotely while they set up the new office. Anyone in need of assistance with a state-related issue should reach out by phone at 610-534-6880 or by email at RepKrueger@pahouse.net . “My staff and I are excited to continue helping community members from our new location, which is still conveniently located and is just a few blocks from the old space,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. Krueger also maintains an office with part-time hours at 2 Cambridge Road, Brookhaven. Read more

 

Krueger announces cafeteria grant for Delaware County Technical High School - Aston

(Jan 27, 2021)

FOLSOM, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger announced that a state grant will help the Delaware County Technical High School campus in Aston upgrade cafeteria equipment. Cafeteria grants were awarded to 59 elementary, middle, and high schools by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, through federal funds. Delaware County Technical High School – Aston was awarded $7,147 for a convection steamer. “I’m happy to see Delaware County Technical High School receive this funding to help purchase the equipment needed to prepare healthy meals for students. Food insecurity has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, making it even more important that we ensure schools are equipped to serve nutritious food, so that kids can focus on learning,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. More information about the grants is available from the Department of Education . Read more

 

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim

(Jan 27, 2021)

How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more

 

E-BLAST: COVID-19 vaccine resources, unemployment updates and more

(Jan 26, 2021)

Read the latest update for the 161st District Read more

 

Agriculture, Youth, and Capital Case Indigent Defense Funding Opportunities for Your District

(Jan 25, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use: To promote high-priority specialty crops (hemp, hardwoods, honey, hops; also barley, rye, and wheat for distilling, brewing, and malting) through projects like child and adult nutrition education, participation in international standard setting bodies, improving efficiency of distribution systems, good manufacturing and handling practices, research, development of seed varieties, and pest and disease control. Funds: $460,000 will be distributed in total, with 6.2% going to low income rural areas and 3.8% going to low income urban areas. Application Deadline: Concept papers due March 5 More Information: Click on Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agriculture and Youth Organization Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Agriculture and youth organizations, such as FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and vocational education programs. Schools and school districts may also apply on behalf of an agriculture and youth organization. Use: Educational programs, workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, agricultural safety Read more

 

Starting another term as your representative; COVID-19 updates

(Jan 08, 2021)

Today, I was sworn in for my fourth term as representative for the 161st District. It is the honor of my lifetime to represent our community at our State Capitol and I’ll continue fighting for you and our community. Read more

 

Krueger announces grant for Schoolhouse Senior Center

(Jan 07, 2021)

FOLSOM, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger announced that Schoolhouse Senior Center will be awarded a nearly $5,000 grant to support its work helping local seniors. The grant was part of $2 million awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to be distributed equally among the 405 Area Agency on Aging-affiliated Senior Community Centers throughout the commonwealth. The grants are typically competitive, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department instead distributed the funding to the 52 Area Agencies on Aging to allocate among all eligible centers. “I’m pleased to support Schoolhouse Senior Center, which offers incredible services to older adults in our community,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “During this pandemic, the center has worked hard and been creative to help local seniors stay active, healthy and connected. I’m grateful for the center’s work and happy to see this funding support it.” Schoolhouse Senior Center will receive funding through the allocation to the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging. Senior centers can use the funding through June 30, 2022 on a variety of projects to meet the needs of the center and participants during the pandemic, according to the Department of Aging. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Applications for 2021 Pennsylvania House Scholarship Now Available Online

(Jan 07, 2021)

High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Scholarship. Each year the program awards a four-year scholarship to two students preparing for post-secondary education. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university, or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship. Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities, and financial need. The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The application is available through the foundation’s web site at: https://www.tfec.org/wp-content/uploads/HouseOfReps_OnePageSummary.pdf The application deadline is March 1, 2021. The Office of the Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives assists in facilitating the scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation. Read more

 

Krueger sworn in to continue representing the 161st District

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger was sworn in today for another term as representative for the 161st Legislative District in Delaware County. “We begin a new legislative session faced with the devastation to our humanity, to our communities, and to our economy wrought by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With a renewed commitment to the well-being of our families, our friends, and our neighbors, I am honored to continue to work and fight for help for those who need it, including small businesses, frontline workers and emergency responders,” said Krueger. Krueger, who was first elected in a special election in August 2015, said she will continue to work to protect access to health care, stand up for clean air and water, and support fire and emergency services. In addition, her district office remains available to help residents of the 161st with state-related issues and services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. “In the past year, my staff helped 1,080 people with unemployment compensation complications, attempted to close a total of 13,101 constituent service cases, and directed countless residents and small business owners to resources,” Krueger said. “We know the past year has been hard and we remain ready to help by phone or email, or in-person by appointment.” Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Jan. 19 update

(Jan 04, 2021)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Preserving Diverse Cultures – Community Based Engagement Projects (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations whose mission and artistic work are rooted in and reflective of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) art, culture, history and heritage. Additionally, the applicant's programs and staff are representative of those communities. Uses: To bring communities together through artist-led community-based arts and culture projects. Community projects may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, artist-in-community residencies, and murals. Funds: Up to $3,500 total for planning and programming. Applicants may receive project support for up to four years. Application Deadline: Letter of interest due February 1 More Information: Click 2021-2022_PCA_PDC_Guidelines.pdf (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning: Child Care COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Award (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply: Department of Human Services (DHS) certified child care providers. The owner/operator/director will apply on behalf of their child care employees and child care support employees. Uses: One-time award of $600 paid to eligible child care employees and child care support staff, who are currently working directly with children for a minimum of 20 paid hours a week and employed at the child care agency as of Jan. 1, 2021. Funds: One-time Read more

 

E-BLAST: COVID-19 updates; Delco 911 gets state grant; Apply for heating help

(Dec 29, 2020)

Vaccinations continued for frontline healthcare workers in Delaware County this week. We’re getting questions Read more

 

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State representatives and senators from Delaware County applauded a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to strengthen the county’s 911 system. Through bipartisan efforts, elected officials helped secure grants to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will strengthen the security and reliability of the county’s public safety communication system. This includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, an ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens, first responders and with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Calling 911 and receiving a timely response has been an issue for years throughout Delaware County,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “Thankfully, this funding will help streamline our communications system to ensure that residents in crisis can quickly receive help and support. I’m proud to see lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, come together for the safety of the people we represent.” “I’ve heard from many constituents about frustrations they’ve experienced with calling 911 since 2016,” Read more

 

E-BLAST: COVID-19 updates; Unemployment news; Delco Strong grants

(Dec 22, 2020)

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain high in Pennsylvania. Please continue to follow the practices recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19: Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

Find information on state grant programs and upcoming application deadlines. Read more

 

E-BLAST: COVID-19 vaccines and new mitigation efforts; Storm preparation tips

(Dec 15, 2020)

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered to health care workers yesterday in Pennsylvania, serving as a glimmer of hope during this difficult time. But there is still much work ahead of us. Please continue to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the latest updates. Read more

 

Help the Helpers - Frontline worker support group

(Dec 10, 2020)

Frontline worker support group Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 16, 2021

Resources: Free Tax Assistance or Free Tax Filing
Feb 16, 2021

Updates on COVID-19, unemployment programs and more
Feb 02, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 31 Update
Feb 01, 2021

Krueger to relocate Folsom office on Feb. 1
Jan 28, 2021

Krueger announces cafeteria grant for Delaware County Technical High School - Aston
Jan 27, 2021

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim
Jan 27, 2021

E-BLAST: COVID-19 vaccine resources, unemployment updates and more
Jan 26, 2021

Agriculture, Youth, and Capital Case Indigent Defense Funding Opportunities for Your District
Jan 25, 2021

Starting another term as your representative; COVID-19 updates
Jan 08, 2021

Krueger announces grant for Schoolhouse Senior Center
Jan 07, 2021

Applications for 2021 Pennsylvania House Scholarship Now Available Online
Jan 07, 2021

Krueger sworn in to continue representing the 161st District
Jan 05, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Jan. 19 update
Jan 04, 2021

E-BLAST: COVID-19 updates; Delco 911 gets state grant; Apply for heating help
Dec 29, 2020

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system
Dec 29, 2020

E-BLAST: COVID-19 updates; Unemployment news; Delco Strong grants
Dec 22, 2020

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020

E-BLAST: COVID-19 vaccines and new mitigation efforts; Storm preparation tips
Dec 15, 2020

Help the Helpers - Frontline worker support group
Dec 10, 2020