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Now open for applications: Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program; preservation planning; and substance abuse education and reduction grant opportunities

Now open for applications: Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program; preservation planning; and substance abuse education and reduction grant opportunities

(Jan 19, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 (Adult) 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 support implementation strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania communities. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 (Youth) 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 serve youth with research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, training, treatment, and education services to reduce substance use or provide resources to assist families in accessing these services. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2022 More Information : Click Read more

 

State Rep. Amen Brown applauds Gov. Wolf for COVID-19 vaccine outreach grants for district

(Dec 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Amen Brown today announced $123,000 in grants for vaccine outreach in his legislative district. According to Brown, the 63 rd Street Business Association received $50,000, A New Spirit Behavioral Health Services Foundation received $23,000 and ACHEIVEability received $50,000 for vaccine outreach efforts throughout West Philadelphia. Gov. Tom Wolf awarded $2.5 million in state funding throughout Pennsylvania that will help organizations encourage vaccination for Pennsylvanians who are hesitant about receiving the vaccine. “Vaccination is our best and most effective option for getting out of this pandemic,” Brown said. “I thank Governor Wolf for this state funding, which will help educate residents about the vaccine and get us one step closer back to normalcy.” The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and provides grants up to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations and childcare and educational institutions. Grants can be used to support grassroots outreach efforts including local media buys, creation of outreach and training materials, sponsorship of vaccine-related community events, equipment rental to assist with setting vaccine appointments, and more. Read more

 

State Rep. Amen Brown secures $11.5 million in RACP grants for district improvements

(Dec 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Amen Brown was instrumental in bringing numerous grants to his district that will create a stronger workforce; provide infrastructure updates to improve access to programming; increase access to public health services by establishing a West Philadelphia site; and expand STEM-related efforts. “It’s important that we invest in our communities and seek funding that will improve the overall quality of life for our constituents,” Brown said. “I am grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to be able to bring much needed dollars back to the place that raised me.” Brown supported a grant for Work to Ride Inc. for Chamounix Stables’ refurbishment and an indoor riding arena. The $500,000 grant will be used to help construct a 45,000-square-foot building, including a connector building and renovation of the existing Chamounix Equestrian Center. Brown said that Chamounix will be a model for sustainability. By having solar panels and a rainwater harvesting tank, it will be self-efficient. Classrooms are going to be added for people to expand their knowledge of all things equestrian. “On behalf of the Work to Ride community, I want to express our gratitude for Representative Brown’s support for our RCAP grant request,” said Ruth Schemm, chair of Work to Ride. “This generous award supports my belief that the horses and riders initially attract our Read more

 

State Rep. Amen Brown helps secure multiple grants for West Philadelphia

(Nov 23, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., helped secure additional grants that will help improve public safety throughout his district and provide education about urban agriculture and food sustainability. According to Brown, $182,000 was granted to the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative to purchase, install and maintain 340 security cameras for businesses and residents in areas with high crime rates and low security throughout West Philadelphia. Funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Developments’ Local Share Account – Philadelphia. Methodist Family Services of Philadelphia received $15,000 from the Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program. This funding will provide education about urban agriculture at Heritage Farm. “I am dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of my constituents,” Brown said. “When you invest in the community, you invest in the people who live there. And, I am grateful that I was able to assist in securing these grants to make sure that West Philadelphians are not just surviving but thriving.” Read more

 

State Rep. Amen Brown helps secure multiple grants for district

(Nov 19, 2021)

State Rep. Amen Brown helps secure multiple grants for district Grants approved today by Commonwealth Financing Authority PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., today announced state grants totaling nearly $397,000 to improve the quality of life of his constituents by enhancing safety measures around his district. Brown helped to secure $40,000 for Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, which sees approximately 180,000 visitors yearly. The current entrance is a dangerous spot for pick-ups and drop-offs due to traffic and unsafe driving patterns. The project includes a one-way driving loop to help avoid traffic accidents. It also will be made ADA accessible, providing easier access to the park. Fairmount Park Conservancy received $220,000 to start the planning process of improving transportation throughout West Fairmount Park. The project will include sidewalk improvements, ADA ramps at all street crossings, and the improvement of pedestrian and bike routes to make it a safe environment for everyone. VICA and 4151 Lancaster Avenue LLC will renovate their training center with a $136,728 grant. This will fix their sidewalks, provide tree removal, and install lighting to create a safer connection around the facility. “I am delighted to partner with businesses and organizations in our community that are working to provide safe and easy access to recreational activities Read more

 

Now open for applications: Workforce development, clean diesel, and DC fast charging funding opportunities

(Nov 04, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Labor & Industry: Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit agencies (community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, etc.) or small businesses meeting certain criteria (see program guidelines). Uses : To provide digital literacy classes emphasizing career development skills, including digital fundamentals, digital job seeking, digital citizenship, and digital information. Funds : Grants of up to $45,000 each. Application Deadline : December 21 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: State Clean Diesel Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding and State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania Businesses, Incorporated Nonprofits, State, Local, or Tribal Government Agencies, Air Quality or Transportation Organizations, Metropolitan or Rural/Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, and Federal Government Agencies. Uses : Diesel emission reduction projects, including, but not limited to: verified exhaust controls; engine upgrades and certified remanufacture systems; verified idle reduction technologies; certified engine Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Recycling, RACP, and disaster relief funding opportunities

(Oct 01, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Victims Rights Law Enforcement Video Project (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who Can Apply : Any entity that can provide this service. Use : To develop a 5-minute video that can be presented during the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) training. Funds : Up to $25,000. Application Deadline : October 26 More Information : Click on https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Section 902 Recycling Implementation Grant ( Funding Source: Recycling Fund) Who May Apply : Counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, townships, home rule municipalities, councils of governments, consortiums or similar entities established by two or more municipalities. Use : To fund costs associated with developing and implementing a recycling program. Funds : 90% funding of approved recycling program costs, up to $350,000. Financially distressed communities may receive up to 100% funding of approved costs, not to exceed $350,000. Application Deadline : October 29 (this program has re-opened for applications). More Information : Click on Read more

 

Brown negotiates historic agreement to ban sale of ghost gun kits at Pa. shows

(Oct 01, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., today announced an agreement he negotiated with the state’s largest gun show promoter and the PA Office of Attorney General to ban the sale of ghost gun kits at its shows. Brown, a first-term lawmaker representing Philadelphia’s 190 th Legislative District, joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a morning news conference to announce the agreement to halt the sale of 80% receiver kits at Eagle Arms gun shows. Eagle Arms owner credited Brown for leading him to the decision to ban these kits after Brown reached out to him to explain the devastation these kits were doing to the West Philadelphia communities he represents and communities across the city and the state. Brown said after visiting one of the company’s gun shows and watching how easily it was for individuals to purchase ghost guns and knowing these same types of guns are being used in his district to commit crimes, he recognized that immediate action was needed. Eagle Arms Production holds about 42 gun shows in the state each year. “It is my job to do everything I can to fight for and protect my community,” Brown said. “It is beyond heartbreaking to see how many lives are being lost and how many families are left in anguish due to senseless gun violence – the impact on my community is grave. The way in which these kits can so easily be purchased by anyone from table vendors who don’t Read more

 

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities

(Jul 30, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection : Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipal authorities, municipalities, nonprofits, private businesses. Use : Purchase or retrofit vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase and install refueling equipment, and research or develop new technologies. Funds: Infrastructure and innovative technology project g rants up to $600,000. Vehicle grants up to $100,000 per vehicle, depending upon class of vehicle. Application Deadline : August 27; a second application round will close December 17 More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program: Until Funds Expended ( Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. - 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. DHS Children’s Read more

 

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Jul 23, 2021)

Gun violence community survey, Emergency Rental Assistance Program, community resources and bulletin. Read more

 

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Jul 19, 2021)

Gun violence community survey, district and legislative updates, events and resources. Read more

 

Brown announces Gun Violence Community Survey

(Jul 15, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, July 15 – State Rep. Amen Brown announced the launch of his office’s Gun Violence Community Survey, an action in line with Brown’s commitment to tackling gun violence. “Gun violence is an epidemic, and our approach to treating it is through systemic measures aimed at de-escalation, community building, good and transparent police work, and partnership-based cooperation,” Brown said. “At the 190th District Office, we want to know how you feel about gun violence, how to deal with it, and how to hold perpetrators accountable.” As chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Subcommittee on Gun Violence and Public Safety, Brown is helping lead the effort to tackle the epidemic of gun violence across Pennsylvania, and in his West Philadelphia home district. Residents of the 190 th Legislative District are invited to complete the survey online , available at RepAmen.com under the “Programs” tab in the top navigation bar. For any questions or assistance, please contact RepAmen@pahouse.net . Read more

 

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Jul 14, 2021)

City pools, property tax / rent rebate, state and federal funding programs, community calendar, and more. Read more

 

State Funding Inquiry Form

(Jul 13, 2021)

State Funding Inquiry Form Read more

 

2020-2021 PA Grant & Resource Directory

(Jul 13, 2021)

2020-2021 PA Grant & Resource Directory Read more

 

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Jul 06, 2021)

News and legislative updates, state and federal grant programs, other funding opportunities, community bulletin and more. Read more

 

PLBC touts $30 million for community violence prevention

(Jun 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – Today the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus touted the $30 million included in the state budget which will go toward community violence prevention including fighting gun violence, according to state Rep. and PLBC Chair Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Earlier this year, Bullock along with state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Amen Brown, both D-Phila., introduced H.B. 696 which provided for a similar community violence grant program. State Sen. Art Haywood, D-Phila., introduced a companion bill in the Senate. “Gun violence is epidemic in scope but personal in nature,” Bullock said. “The families of loved ones who have lost their lives to gun violence have rallied with us and asked us as legislators to do something. This money is an investment to be used toward that next step in the work for which the PLBC has been laying the groundwork for years. This investment will finally help us move forward to begin investing in programs that we know will work and are led by people in our communities with boots on the ground.” “Countless Pennsylvanians are carrying the physical and mental trauma of gun violence, with many experiencing the devastating effects daily,” Cephas said. “The funding is available for our legislature to become intentional with quelling this public health crisis. As lawmakers, it is our moral obligation to protect residents across this state, and the budget must reflect that. Read more

 

Fighting for public safety, working across the aisle

(Jun 22, 2021)

When introducing my recent legislation that involved instituting mandatory minimums for repeat offenders of violent crimes, I knew that it might raise some eyebrows. But I made a commitment to those who elected me to represent them – a commitment to be an advocate and make sure the needs and concerns of my constituents were strongly represented. Communities in my district and others across the state are being ravaged by gun violence. Families are experiencing the loss of loved ones to senseless acts, our seniors in the community are afraid to leave their homes, and children are being robbed of their futures by being murdered. Simply put, this is not okay. My action was aimed at offering a way to help combat the epidemic of gun violence. I know that this epidemic is not a one-solution-fits-all issue, and it will take a multifaceted approach to remedy it. That is why I have been working to get funds allocated to programs that address the systemic issues that plague so many communities. My question is: what about the right now? What are we doing to instill accountability and change the trajectory of the deadly violence? It is clear many feel that my proposal is not the preferred policy solution, and that is okay. There are many other proposals to consider, but we will not be able to address the issue at hand, though, unless we come together across the aisle. Communities in our state are getting decimated, and gun violence is a leading cause of this decimation. We Read more

 

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Jun 21, 2021)

Property tax / rent rebate deadline extended, $3M in grant funding for the 190th, state & federal resources, and the community bulletin. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program; preservation planning; and substance abuse education and reduction grant opportunities
Jan 19, 2022

State Rep. Amen Brown applauds Gov. Wolf for COVID-19 vaccine outreach grants for district
Dec 20, 2021

State Rep. Amen Brown secures $11.5 million in RACP grants for district improvements
Dec 14, 2021

State Rep. Amen Brown helps secure multiple grants for West Philadelphia
Nov 23, 2021

State Rep. Amen Brown helps secure multiple grants for district
Nov 19, 2021

Now open for applications: Workforce development, clean diesel, and DC fast charging funding opportunities
Nov 04, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Oct 21, 2021

Now open for applications: Recycling, RACP, and disaster relief funding opportunities
Oct 01, 2021

Brown negotiates historic agreement to ban sale of ghost gun kits at Pa. shows
Oct 01, 2021

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities
Jul 30, 2021

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk
Jul 23, 2021

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk
Jul 19, 2021

Brown announces Gun Violence Community Survey
Jul 15, 2021

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk
Jul 14, 2021

State Funding Inquiry Form
Jul 13, 2021

2020-2021 PA Grant & Resource Directory
Jul 13, 2021

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk
Jul 06, 2021

PLBC touts $30 million for community violence prevention
Jun 25, 2021

Fighting for public safety, working across the aisle
Jun 22, 2021

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk
Jun 21, 2021