Sappey announces $2.5 million in grants for community projects

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today state grant funding totaling more than $2.5 million has been awarded to support several community projects.

“I’m thrilled that this funding has been approved to support outstanding local projects. These grants increase safety and traffic flow, connect communities by trail, conserve open space and provide recreation opportunities,” Sappey said. “I was pleased to support these applications for funding and look forward to seeing the results.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the following grants today:

  • Natural Lands Trust - $25,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funds for a bridge within the Stroud Preserve that connects the parking lot to the preserve and trail system.
  • West Bradford Township - $1 million through the Multimodal Transportation Fund for traffic improvements on Marshallton-Thorndale Road and Poorhouse Road.
  • New Garden Township - $100,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funds to support rehabilitation efforts at St. Anthony’s in the Hills. Phase I of rehabilitation includes adding accessible paved trail and parking, sidewalks, recreation features and sustainable improvements. In 2019, Sappey helped the township secure $60,000 in funding for the acquisition of the property.
  • Kennett Greenways - $1.47 million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for streetscape improvements along Birch Street and construction of a railroad underpass. These projects are part of the Kennett Greenway, a 14-mile multi-purpose trail loop connecting the greater Kennett area, including New Garden and East Marlborough township communities. The proposed railroad underpass will include a new 10-foot-wide multi-use trail approaching an 8-foot-high by 12-foot-wide underpass, to be located beneath the East Penn Railroad, with pedestrian lighting.

Information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found here.