Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Mar 05, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Agriculture: Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Who May Apply: State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other eligible specialty crops stakeholders. Use: The purpose of the Program is to enhance, but not replace, the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program by establishing a Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for specialty crops that are not currently eligible for grant payments under the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, or that are otherwise designated high-priority specialty crops by the Secretary. Funding for the Program will assist the growth, certification of seed and marketing of these eligible specialty crops. Funds: $460,000 in funding is available. Application Deadline: April 19, 2024 More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Local law enforcement Read more

 

Tiny taxpayer investment could erase mountain of medical debt, Pa. lawmakers say

(Feb 28, 2024)

House Bill 78, which lays out the program, was passed last year with bipartisan support including every Democrat and 13 Republicans. A companion bill remains unapproved in the state Senate. Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers renew push for medical debt relief program

(Feb 28, 2024)

House Democrats on Tuesday renewed their call for passage of a medical debt relief program for Pennsylvania, a concept that recently gained public support from Gov. Josh Shapiro during his budget address. Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers, advocates call for medical debt relief bill

(Feb 28, 2024)

Pennsylvania lawmakers and advocates call for medical debt relief bill Read more

 

Grants available as of Tuesday, Feb. 27

(Feb 27, 2024)

Grants available as of Tuesday, Feb. 27 Read more

 

State lawmakers highlight need to alleviate medical debt

(Feb 27, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – Today, state Reps. Tarik Khan, D-Phila., and Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, held a news conference at the State Capitol to discuss the importance of alleviating medical debt for Pennsylvanians who need it most. Last spring, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation ( H.B. 78 ) that would establish the Pennsylvania Medical Debt Repayment Program, which would target the medical debt of low-income Pennsylvanians drowning in it and in need of relief. The legislation is currently sitting in the PA Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Medical debt relief is also a top priority for Gov. Josh Shapiro who, in his state budget address for the 2024-25 fiscal year, proposed investing $4 million to wipe it out for thousands of Pennsylvanians. State officials estimate that roughly 1 million Pennsylvanians carry some amount of medical debt. As of Dec. 2020, Pennsylvanians collectively share more than $1.8 billion in medical debt in a collections stage. “The toll of medical debt is staggering, with some reports showing that nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have gone into debt due to healthcare costs,” Khan said. “Medical debt makes us sicker because it prevents people from seeking preventative care and in some cases skipping healthcare services all together. It’s time the legislature addresses this issue that plagues countless Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Food Allergy Protocol in Restaurants; PA Bill Mandates Signage & Menu Notices

(Feb 26, 2024)

"The legislation that we passed today, House Bill 1869, would require restaurants in our commonwealth to have a display for their employees in a written manner about food allergies," said Venkat. Read more

 

Roundtable meeting held to discuss concerns over public transit

(Feb 23, 2024)

"I think too often we think of public transit as an urban issue. As someone who represents suburban communities, I really want to learn more about how we can be an integrated region. Because that's when we have a thriving economy for everyone," Rep. Arvind Venkat said. Read more

 

Shapiro plan would wipe out $400M in medical debt

(Feb 23, 2024)

Venkat’s bill passed the state House 114-89 without a specific price tag attached but hasn’t advanced in the GOP-controlled state Senate. The future of Shapiro’s proposal is tied up in the coming budget debate. Read more

 

North Hills career center awarded $85K grant from Pennsylvania Department of Education

(Feb 23, 2024)

“With this grant, we ensure that students at the A.W. Beattie Career Center have access to equipment of the highest quality while they continue their education,” Venkat said. “As more than 8.3 million high school students participate in career and technical education programs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to ensure students from the Avonworth, Hampton, and North Allegheny school districts and many others across Allegheny County are prepared to enter into the workforce, in turn boosting Pennsylvania’s economy. I’m proud to have such an innovative career and technical center in McCandless.” Read more

 

House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee reports out Venkat’s legislation to address food safety in restaurants

(Feb 22, 2024)

“In the U.S., emergency physicians treat approximately 3.4 million patients for allergic reactions to food,” Venkat said. “I introduced this legislation after speaking to my constituent, Kathy Briden, whose son Matthew died after accidentally being exposed to peanuts while eating at a restaurant. As an emergency physician, I treated patients experiencing allergic reactions, and we must improve food safety at restaurants to prevent deaths such as Matthew’s.” Read more

 

McCandless police, local emergency responders receive state funding

(Feb 22, 2024)

The award was through the Department of Community and Economic Development, which Hawk applied for with the assistance of state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-McCandless. Read more

 

January

(Feb 20, 2024)

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Venkat: More than $120,000 awarded to EMS providers, fire companies

(Feb 16, 2024)

“By allocating these grants, we ensure that our EMS providers and firefighters have the ability to operate,” Venkat said. “Our EMS providers and firefighters work to save lives, and this funding will allow them to continue their crucial work.” Read more

 

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion right here!

(Feb 16, 2024)

We're talking about the issues that matter to the people of Allegheny County. Read more

 

McCandless Police Department to receive $50,000 grant

(Feb 15, 2024)

“Through this funding, we will have the opportunity to keep McCandless’ roads safer by equipping the McCandless Police Department and its officers with cameras to read license plates,” Venkat said. “This will ensure that our police officers have the most up to date equipment while patrolling the community.” Read more

 

PA Governor's $48B Budget: Medical Debt Relief, Recreational Marijuana, and More

(Feb 14, 2024)

One of the most striking aspects of the budget is the proposal to use $4 million in taxpayer money to clear up to $400 million in medical debt for Pennsylvania's poorest residents. This plan mirrors a bill introduced by state Rep. Arvind Venkat and aims to alleviate the financial burden of medical debt, which can negatively impact credit scores and financial stability. Read more

 

Navigating the Medical Debt Crisis in America: Understanding and Alleviating the Burden

(Feb 14, 2024)

In light of this, some states are proposing measures aimed at alleviating medical debt. For example, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has proposed a budget plan to clear up to $400 million in medical debt, targeting the state’s poorest and most underwater residents. This proposal mirrors a bill introduced by state Representative Arvind Venkat, aiming to contract with a medical debt relief coordinator to locate and buy outstanding bills. Despite being backed by advocacy groups, the proposal’s future is up for debate, with some expressing concerns about high spending in the proposed budget. Read more

 

Pa. could wipe out up to $400M in medical debt under proposal from Gov. Josh Shapiro

(Feb 09, 2024)

Shapiro’s proposal mirrors a bill introduced by state Rep. Arvind Venkat (D., Allegheny), a practicing emergency room doctor. Read more

 

Venkat announces $85,000 for A.W. Beattie Career Center

(Feb 08, 2024)

“With this grant, we ensure that students at the A.W. Beattie Career Center have access to equipment of the highest quality while they continue their education,” Venkat said. “As more than 8.3 million high school students participate in career and technical education programs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to ensure students from the Avonworth, Hampton, and North Allegheny school districts and many others across Allegheny County are prepared to enter into the workforce, in turn boosting Pennsylvania’s economy. I’m proud to have such an innovative career and technical center in McCandless.” Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
Mar 05, 2024

Tiny taxpayer investment could erase mountain of medical debt, Pa. lawmakers say
Feb 28, 2024

Pennsylvania lawmakers renew push for medical debt relief program
Feb 28, 2024

Pennsylvania lawmakers, advocates call for medical debt relief bill
Feb 28, 2024

Grants available as of Tuesday, Feb. 27
Feb 27, 2024

State lawmakers highlight need to alleviate medical debt
Feb 27, 2024

Food Allergy Protocol in Restaurants; PA Bill Mandates Signage & Menu Notices
Feb 26, 2024

Roundtable meeting held to discuss concerns over public transit
Feb 23, 2024

Shapiro plan would wipe out $400M in medical debt
Feb 23, 2024

North Hills career center awarded $85K grant from Pennsylvania Department of Education
Feb 23, 2024

House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee reports out Venkat’s legislation to address food safety in restaurants
Feb 22, 2024

McCandless police, local emergency responders receive state funding
Feb 22, 2024

January
Feb 20, 2024

Venkat: More than $120,000 awarded to EMS providers, fire companies
Feb 16, 2024

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion right here!
Feb 16, 2024

McCandless Police Department to receive $50,000 grant
Feb 15, 2024

PA Governor's $48B Budget: Medical Debt Relief, Recreational Marijuana, and More
Feb 14, 2024

Navigating the Medical Debt Crisis in America: Understanding and Alleviating the Burden
Feb 14, 2024

Pa. could wipe out up to $400M in medical debt under proposal from Gov. Josh Shapiro
Feb 09, 2024

Venkat announces $85,000 for A.W. Beattie Career Center
Feb 08, 2024