Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities

(Feb 01, 2023)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Regional Recovery Hubs Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organization or governmental entity. Use : To support a Recovery-Oriented-System of Care (ROSC) by establishing a Recovery Hub and Spoke model. Funds : Nine grants up to $500,000 each will be awarded.. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Information : https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2023-01%20Regional%20Recovery%20Hubs_2023.01.11_FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 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 provide research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, treatment, training, and education services to reduce substance use or to provide resources to assist families in accessing the services needed to reduce substance use behavior, as well as strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Misclassification hurts workers, taxpayers and state

(Jan 27, 2023)

“The lost revenue is astronomical, and the lost protections, including health insurance, is sickening – not to mention devastating to our workers and their families,” Pisciottano said. “We heard the practice described as insurance fraud, a crime that hurts all Pennsylvania families and workers since it shortchanges every taxpaying resident.” Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers propose medical debt relief bill

(Jan 23, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Seeking to ease the burden of medical debt on working families, a plan to create the Pennsylvania Medical Debt Repayment Program was unveiled today by state Reps. Arvind Venkat and Nick Pisciottano, both D-Allegheny; Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna; and Tarik Khan and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila. “As a physician, I have seen firsthand how problems with our nation’s healthcare system – including medical debt – have hurt families and prevented people from getting the care they need,” said Venkat, the first physician to serve in the General Assembly in nearly 60 years. “While there are many issues that we need to address, including the systemic problems that lead to spiraling medical debt, this bill is an important first step toward helping people across Pennsylvania get the assistance and the care they need – and not phone calls from collection agencies.” “When my son was diagnosed with childhood leukemia, the last thing I wanted to worry about was the stress of medical costs. No family in Pennsylvania should ever need to think twice before seeking care for chronic or other serious conditions for fear of going into medical debt,” Kosierowski said. “We must do whatever we can at the state level to ensure that families don’t need to choose between going to the doctor or putting food on their table or buying clothes for their children.” The lawmakers likened the newly Read more

 

Allegheny County conservation efforts awarded $2.2 million

(Jan 13, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13 – Initiatives to improve air and water quality and develop recreation areas throughout the region received more than $2.2 million in state grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program , members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Pennsylvania has the sixth largest outdoor recreation economy in the country,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, who chairs the delegation. “Providing funding to properly manage our waterways and forests not only improves the quality of life of our community members, but also delivers major economic benefits. Our delegation will continue fighting for every dollar we can to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.” The following local funding was included among $31.2 million in grants announced for projects across the state: $499,900 to the city of Pittsburgh to rehabilitate Allegheny Landing Park. The funded project includes renovation of the plaza, historic railings and pedestrian walkways; installation of lawn, meadow and rain gardens; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. $521,000 to the Allegheny Land Trust for payment toward the acquisition of approximately 96 acres in Monroeville for open space and passive recreation. Read more

 

Allegheny County apprenticeship programs receive $716K boost

(Jan 11, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 – Local programs to develop and expand opportunities for students preparing to enter the workforce were awarded more than $716,000 in grants through the state Department of Labor & Industry’s Schools-to-Work Program , the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Creating better job opportunities for our next generation of workers is foundational to continue growing our region’s economy,” said Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair. “Investments like this support the idea that all Allegheny County workers deserve careers that allow them to raise a healthy family, own a home, and pursue their own happiness.” The following grants were among $2.7 million awarded today throughout the state: $250,000 to Carnegie Mellon University to support their Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Pathways for Underserved Populations (RAMP UP) approach, leveraging trained staff and resources from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy to deliver SMART Robotics technician training to underserved formal credit recovery high-school students (aged 17-21) at Passport Charter School , a formal learning site where this type of training is typically not found. $250,000 to PHASE 4 Learning Center to support their Giving Opportunities through Robotics and Manufacturing program, designed to prepare Read more

 

Pisciottano sworn in for second term in state House

(Jan 04, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano took the oath of office in the state Capitol yesterday to begin his second term representing the 38th Legislative District in Allegheny County. For his second term, Pisciottano said he plans to continue pushing legislative initiatives that support workers and create a fairer economy for all Pennsylvanians, among other things. “I’m eager to continue fighting for policies that help working families in our corner of Allegheny County and across Pennsylvania,” Pisciottano said. “My family has lived and worked in this region for generations. I’m committed to improving and growing what I already consider to be one of the best communities in the country to raise a family.” Pisciottano was also unanimously elected by his peers to serve as the PA House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation chair , and was named the chairman of the newly formed House Democratic Policy Subcommittee on Labor, Energy and Development . “In my new leadership roles I am looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to promote smart policies to foster a prosperous economy and rebuild Pennsylvania’s middle class,” Pisciottano said. “Now more than ever we need to be able to work together and across party lines to get things done in Harrisburg, because at Read more

 

Pisciottano joins Pittsburgh Regional Transit Board of Directors

(Dec 22, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 – Serving alongside Allegheny County’s top transit innovators, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today that House Democratic Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has appointed him to the Pittsburgh Regional Transit Board of Directors. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to help shape the future of Pennsylvania’s second largest public transit agency,” Pisciottano said. “In this new role, I’ll be working hard to ensure that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents can continue to access public transportation that is safe, reliable, and affordable.” In April, Pisciottano helped secure nearly $1 million for the authority to make fundamental upgrades to pedestrian crossings, bus stops, and traffic signals along Route 837 , one of the most heavily travelled roads in Allegheny County. At his West Mifflin district office, Pisciottano and his staff regularly help constituents receive Senior Citizen ConnectCards, which allow seniors to access PRT and other public transit services at no cost . Pisciottano will fill the PRT board vacancy left by Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis. The PRT board appointment comes just weeks after Pisciottano was appointed chair of the newly formed House Democratic Policy Subcommittee on Labor, Energy and Development, poising him to lead on a host Read more

 

Pisciottano: $290,000 awarded to support local law enforcement

(Dec 15, 2022)

BALDWIN, Dec. 15 – Law enforcement agencies in West Mifflin and Baldwin have been awarded $290,000 through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Our communities are safer when local law enforcement has the right tools and proper training," said Pisciottano. “I’ll continue advocating for grants every chance I get to support emergency services across our region.” Funds were awarded as follows: $200,000 to Baldwin Borough to fund drug recognition training and costs associated with attending the 2022 and 2023 PA DUI Conferences. $90,240 to West Mifflin Borough to purchase dash-mounted cameras for police cars. More information on PCCD grants can be found here . Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano announces $4 million for Steel Center technical school

(Dec 14, 2022)

JEFFERSON HILLS, Dec. 14 – In a huge boost to area workforce development efforts, the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education will receive a $4 million state grant to fund infrastructure upgrades at the facility, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today alongside a bipartisan group of local and state officials at a press conference held at the school. “This investment serves as a major catalyst for local job opportunities, as well as our regional economy overall,” said Pisciottano. “Providing public schools with proper resources is essential in preparing our next generation of workers. My sincerest thanks to everyone who came together and helped secure this grant for the Steel Center.” Pisciottano specified that the Steel Center, which provides career and technical education to residents of 11 school districts in southern Allegheny County, plans to use the funds for the following: Complete replacement of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure. Update ADA code compliances throughout the building. Renovate and expand the diesel technology mechanic training program lab. Improve various training and student services programs. Prepare spaces for future training programs not yet determined. The funding is provided by the Read more

 

Pisciottano leads on labor, energy and workforce development

(Dec 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – As an unwavering advocate for workers and a fairer economy throughout his first term, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, has been appointed chair of the newly formed House Democratic Policy Subcommittee on Labor, Energy and Development. “Pennsylvania is known for its well-trained labor force,” said Pisciottano. “This subcommittee is focused on policy solutions that protect workers and develop the workforce while expanding opportunities for responsible energy growth and economic development throughout the Commonwealth.” Pisciottano thanked state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, who chairs the House Democratic Policy Committee, for selecting him to lead and said he is eager to continue building upon Pennsylvania’s reputation as a national leader in labor and energy. Bizzarro described Pisciottano as the “perfect choice” to head the new subcommittee, noting his steadfast support for labor and his continuing efforts to hold corporations accountable in the state. In recent weeks, Pisciottano was unanimously elected by his colleagues to chair the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, replacing Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis. Pisciottano will be sworn in for his second term in the state House on Jan. 3. Read more

 

Bizzarro welcomes new leaders to House Democratic Policy team

(Dec 08, 2022)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, announced new vice chairs, as well as two new subcommittee chairs. Read more

 

State programs now open for applications

(Dec 05, 2022)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To Read more

 

Pisciottano celebrates $250,000 for the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

(Nov 21, 2022)

WEST MIFFLIN, Nov. 21 – A state grant for $250,000 has been awarded to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics , state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Trade schools are fundamental to growing our workforce and economy in Allegheny County,” said Pisciottano. “We’re very lucky to host one of the country’s finest aircraft mechanic schools and I’m grateful to support their programming through this grant.” The school plans to use the grant to fund upgrades to its Composite Materials Facility. Located at 5 Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, the PIA Pittsburgh Campus boasts more than 100,000 square feet of classrooms, shops, labs and hangar space specifically designed for the most effective hands-on training environment. The funds are sourced from a grant program administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development . Read more

 

Pisciottano: Nearly $240K awarded to Whitehall

(Nov 21, 2022)

WHITEHALL, Nov. 21 – Nearly $240,000 has been awarded to the borough and local fire company through two state grants, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “State grants like these are essential in adequately funding the pillars of our community, especially our emergency services,” said Pisciottano. “I’m proud to have brought millions of tax dollars back to our area throughout my first term as a state legislator.” One grant of $140,000 to Whitehall Borough will fund the purchase of a frontend loader and six security cameras for local parks. A second grant of $99,000 to the Whitehall Fire Co. will fund communication equipment upgrades to comply with Allegheny County 911’s switch to a new digital system. The funds are sourced from a grant program administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development . Read more

 

Pisciottano announces $270,000 for local infrastructure

(Nov 16, 2022)

WEST MIFFLIN, Nov. 16 – State grants totaling $270,000 have been awarded to support four local infrastructure upgrades, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “I’m overjoyed to see gaming money invested directly back into our community,” said Pisciottano. “This round of gaming grants will improve the quality of life for residents throughout Allegheny County, especially projects involving critical infrastructure upgrades and supporting first responders.” Pisciottano announced local awards for the following projects: $100,000 to the Baldwin Borough Stormwater Authority to support approximately 750 linear feet of stream restoration in Elm Leaf Park, including the regrading of slopes to remove vertical cuts and installation of native plantings to establish a riparian buffer. $70,000 to the Whitehall Fire Co. to remove a non-functioning building exhaust system to make room for a new direct source capture system. The project also involves relocating a cascade air compressor system from Station 2 to Station 1 and moving equipment lockers, also to make way for the new capture system. $50,000 to the West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority to extend the Mid City Pump Station main by approximately 534 linear feet. The funded project includes all labor, material, plant, utilities and services required for Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

(Nov 15, 2022)

Pisciottano, a legislator in the final weeks of his first term representing parts of the Mon Valley and the South Hills, will succeed now Lieutenant Governor-elect Austin Davis, who served as ACHDD chair in the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Workforce Support, Historic Preservation, and Criminal Justice Disparity Research Funding Opportunities For Your District

(Nov 14, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Pennsylvania Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania local workforce development boards. Use : To support the convening of Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnerships in lower moderate-income communities and guide the development and registration of healthcare apprenticeship programs, with emphasis on nursing occupations, through group sponsorships. Funds : Up to $260,000. Application Deadline : November 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Documents/Nurse-Pathway-IP/Nursing%20Pathway%20Apprenticeship%20IP%20NGA%20FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (WFSG) 2.0 (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible DHS certified childcare providers. Use : To provide funding to eligible DHS certified childcare providers (providers) for staff retention and staff recruitment purposes. Funds : Variable depending on staff levels. Application Deadline : December 6, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants2/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Read more

 

Pisciottano secures $1 million for Baldwin-Whitehall School District

(Nov 03, 2022)

BALDWIN, Nov. 3 – An adamant supporter of Allegheny County public schools, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced today a $1 million state grant to the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. “A strong public education system lies at the foundation of every thriving community,” Pisciottano said. “This grant, on top of the historic increase in education funding in this year’s state budget, will ensure our future leaders get the high-quality education they deserve.” Pisciottano hailed the exemplary performance of Baldwin-Whitehall’s teachers, administrators, staff and board members, crediting them as a key factor in securing the grant. This year’s bipartisan state budget increased funding by approximately $54.7 million for public schools in Allegheny County. The $1 million grant comes from the Ready-to-Learn Block Grant program, which can be used for full-day kindergarten or Pre-K programs; reducing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade; providing tutoring assistance; and increasing career awareness programs, among other things . Read more

 

Pisciottano supports bipartisan bill to help patients & doctors

(Oct 31, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – As a longtime proponent of health care access and affordability, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, voted to support a bipartisan bill that will help families and doctors by expanding health insurance pre-authorization for patients. “This bill is a win for patients and their doctors because it will remove barriers and make sure people can access the essential medical care they need,” Pisciottano said. “This bill was a true bi-partisan effort, one which brought together not just lawmakers, but doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. We need to continue to do all that we can to make health care in Pennsylvania not just accessible, but affordable, as well.” Some of the bill’s highlights include: Allowing doctors to bill insurance companies for “closely related procedures” – meaning if a patient is getting care for an already covered issue and the doctor identifies a condition that could lead to future complications, the doctor can address the condition immediately without having to get a second authorization for a service. Making sure patients get a simple, easy-to-understand explanation when payment for a procedure is denied, including outlining the patient’s rights and options. Giving patients who are denied payment the ability to appeal the denial to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department instead of just the Read more

 

Pisciottano brings home $112K for first responders

(Oct 28, 2022)

GLASSPORT, Oct. 28 – Grants totaling more than $112,000 have been awarded to local law enforcement and fire companies, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Every investment in our local first responders is also a direct investment in the safety and well-being of our community members,” said Pisciottano. “One of my top priorities as a state legislator is supporting emergency service crews and I’ll continue to do so at every chance I get.” The awarded projects include: $62,000 to the Glassport Police Department for a new police SUV and requested gap funding. $45,170 to Citizen’s Hose Co. #1 in Glassport for attack hoses and fittings and breathable dry suits. $5,000 to Vigilant Hose Co. #1 in Port Vue for air monitoring equipment. The funds are sourced from a grant program administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities
Feb 01, 2023

Policy Hearing: Misclassification hurts workers, taxpayers and state
Jan 27, 2023

Pa. lawmakers propose medical debt relief bill
Jan 23, 2023

Allegheny County conservation efforts awarded $2.2 million
Jan 13, 2023

Allegheny County apprenticeship programs receive $716K boost
Jan 11, 2023

Pisciottano sworn in for second term in state House
Jan 04, 2023

Pisciottano joins Pittsburgh Regional Transit Board of Directors
Dec 22, 2022

Pisciottano: $290,000 awarded to support local law enforcement
Dec 15, 2022

Rep. Pisciottano announces $4 million for Steel Center technical school
Dec 14, 2022

Pisciottano leads on labor, energy and workforce development
Dec 08, 2022

Bizzarro welcomes new leaders to House Democratic Policy team
Dec 08, 2022

State programs now open for applications
Dec 05, 2022

Pisciottano celebrates $250,000 for the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
Nov 21, 2022

Pisciottano: Nearly $240K awarded to Whitehall
Nov 21, 2022

Pisciottano announces $270,000 for local infrastructure
Nov 16, 2022

Rep. Pisciottano elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation
Nov 15, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Workforce Support, Historic Preservation, and Criminal Justice Disparity Research Funding Opportunities For Your District
Nov 14, 2022

Pisciottano secures $1 million for Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Nov 03, 2022

Pisciottano supports bipartisan bill to help patients & doctors
Oct 31, 2022

Pisciottano brings home $112K for first responders
Oct 28, 2022