News Archive


POSTPONING YOUR MEETING?

Monday March 13th, 2017
POSTPONING YOUR MEETING BECAUSE OF #WINTERSTORMSTELLA?
 
Remember: if you do cancel your meeting, you must re-advertise your meeting at least 24 hours in advance! Although there is no provision in the Sunshine Act for public notice of meeting cancellations, give as much notice as possible to the newspaper and posting an announcement at the township office and/or public meeting site, as well as on all social media platforms used by the township.
 
Although townships and other agencies subject to the Sunshine Act are not currently permitted to satisfy their public notice requirements through electronic advertising, many agencies choose to post meeting notices on their websites and on social media platforms to promote #transparency and increase citizen participation. #Sunshineweek 


Funding Available for Rural Fire Departments

Tuesday March 7th, 2017

Rural or volunteer fire departments that serve communities with fewer than 10,000 people are eligible for funding from the U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. Departments in townships with more than 10,000 people may apply as long as the department covers a rural area or community with a maximum population of 10,000. Applications will be accepted March 7 through May 19.

The grants, administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, help rural fire departments organize, train, and equip firefighters to prevent and suppress fires that threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas. The key objectives of this program are to save lives and protect property in rural areas.

This is a cost-share program. Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year may not exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures, including those of local, public and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement. The maximum grant award is $7,500.
Grants may be used to purchase wildfire suppression equipment, protective gear, mobile or portable radios; install dry hydrants; prevent and mitigate wildfires; or attend wildfire training. Funds may also be used to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression.

Priority will be given to projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective gear. Grants may not be used for structural fire equipment or protective gear, supply hose larger than 2½ inches in diameter, structures, routine maintenance of vehicles not received from the Bureau of Forestry, medical services, ambulance services, fire police equipment and gear, or search and rescue equipment and gear.

Applications must be submitted online. For updated grant program deadlines and to apply for a grant, click here.



Is Your Township a 'Great Place'?

Monday March 6th, 2017

The Pa. Chapter of the American Planning Association recently kicked off its 2017 Great Places in Pennsylvania Program.

 

“Great places” are unique and memorable spots where people want to be – not only to visit, but also to live, work, and play every day. They serve as a model for other communities with their exemplary character, quality planning, identity, cultural interest, community involvement, and sustainable vision for the future.

 

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Great Places in Pennsylvania Program so if you know a public space or street that truly stands out, the APA wants to know about it.

 

Click here for the program guidelines, category criteria, and nomination form. The deadline for entries is April 18.



Grants Available for Rural Volunteer Fire Departments

Wednesday March 1st, 2017

Rural or volunteer fire departments that serve communities with fewer than 10,000 people are eligible for funding from the U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. Departments in townships with more than 10,000 people may apply as long as the department covers a rural area or community with a maximum population of 10,000. Applications will be accepted March 7 through May 19.

The grants, administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, help rural fire departments organize, train, and equip firefighters to prevent and suppress fires that threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas. The key objectives of this program are to save lives and protect property in rural areas.

This is a cost-share program. Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year may not exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures, including those of local, public and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement. The maximum grant award is $7,500.

Grants may be used to purchase wildfire suppression equipment, protective gear, mobile or portable radios; install dry hydrants; prevent and mitigate wildfires; or attend wildfire training. Funds may also be used to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression.

Priority will be given to projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective gear. Grants may not be used for structural fire equipment or protective gear, supply hose larger than 2½ inches in diameter, structures, routine maintenance of vehicles not received from the Bureau of Forestry, medical services, ambulance services, fire police equipment and gear, or search and rescue equipment and gear.

Applications must be submitted online. Beginning March 7, click here for updated grant program deadlines and to apply for a grant.



Environmental Grants Available for American Water Customers

Friday February 10th, 2017

Townships in American Water's service areas may apply for funding under the company's 2017 Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental partnership projects that improve, restore, or protect watersheds, surface water, or groundwater supplies. Applications must be postmarked by March 27.

To qualify, projects must:

• address a source water or watershed protection need in the community;

• be completed between May 1, 2017, and November 30, 2017;

• be a new or innovative program or a significant expansion to an existing program in the community;

• be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations; and

• be sustainable.

Click here for more information and application requirements.



Funding Available for Recreation and Conservation Projects

Tuesday January 31st, 2017

Townships may apply for financial assistance with recreation and conservation projects under the Community Conservation Partnership Program, or C2P2. The deadline for applications is April 16.

Funded through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), these grants are awarded to such projects as the rehabilitation and development of parks and recreation facilities; land acquisition for parks and conservation; and technical assistance for feasibility and trail studies and site development planning.

Successful applicants must adhere to DCNR’s guiding action plan and three basic tenets:

• promoting statewide conservation;

• building and maintaining sustainable communities; and

• creating outdoor connections for citizens and visitors.

To apply online, go to www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us. For more information, call grants customer service toll-free at (800) 326-7734.