Matzie: $25,000 secured to fund Beaver County ‘Heart and Soul’ projects

Will encourage collaborative community planning in Ambridge, Rochester

AMBRIDGE, April 30 – Grants totaling $25,000 will fund Beaver County projects designed to ensure more residents have a say in community planning, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said Ambridge and Rochester are each receiving a $12,500 grant to fund Heart and Soul projects in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation.

“To be successful, community planning and development must be a collaborative effort that reflects the needs, desires and aspirations of all residents,” Matzie said. “Heart and Soul projects help make that happen by bringing residents to the table to share stories and experiences, ensuring that future development is based on a shared vision for the community.

“Today’s funding is exciting because it’s going to help get more Ambridge and Rochester residents involved in that process.”

Matzie said funding for the grants comes from the Municipal Assistance Program, which is administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Program funding assists local governments with planning and management of services, resources and development. 
More about the program is available here.