Sims announces $150K for recreation and community revitalization projects

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced $150,000 in Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for projects in his district that will help create new recreation opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

“Community gardens are an important resource to provide nutritious food and support to those who may not know where their next meal is coming from.” Sims said. “Initiatives like this help tackle the food insecurity many experience in Philadelphia, build and support communities, and are vitally important to the roughly one in five people who lack regular and reliable access to daily meals.”

The grant approved will allocate $150,000 for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to strengthen capacity, enhance community access, and provide project support for community gardens in Philadelphia.

This grant is part of a $90 million single investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation and surpass the previous record of $70 million in 2021. Under the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, DCNR has awarded more than $430 million in grants to more than 2,300 projects across the commonwealth. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses; and federal funds. Visit the DCNR website for a complete list of grants by county.

For more information, contact Sims’ district office at (215) 246-1501.