RDA Awards $3.3 Million in Municipal Grants for Local Projects
Christmas came early for local municipalities as the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of the County of Bucks awarded nearly $3.3 million in grants from funds generated at Parx Casino in Bensalem Township the authority announced last week.
The RDA Board of Directors approved the grants to eligible municipalities at a public meeting held on December 10, 2021, at the Redevelopment Authority’s office in Bristol Borough. The grants will be used for a variety of municipal projects that include infrastructure improvements, facilities, health and public safety, human services and equipment for law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency responders.
“Funding for the Municipal Grant Program (MGP) exists thanks to the bold leadership of Senator Tomlinson in shaping the gaming legislation. Today’s grant awards will support safe, vibrant and healthy communities with investments in infrastructure improvements and ensuring our police departments and first responders have the resources they need”, said Sean Schafer, Chairman of the Authority Board.
“We are excited to work with our local municipalities and look forward to the seeing the successful completion of these projects”, he said.
“I always put the hard-working families of Lower Bucks County first. When I initially envisioned this program, my intention was to relieve the tax burden of local residents and provide our first responders with the critical equipment they need to keep us safe. After thirteen years, and over $50 million in projects, I am pleased to see the realization of that vision and to know this program will continue to benefit the communities and families in lower Bucks County for years to come,” Tomlinson said.
Executive Director of the Authority, Jeff Darwak, “The Authority is extremely proud the partnerships we’ve established with local municipalities to make the Municipal Grant Program a success. Most importantly, these grants will direct funding to their prioritized projects while reducing the onus on local taxpayers.”
Since the inception of the MGP in 2008, the Redevelopment Authority has awarded $52 million for eligible projects. The municipal grant application process is administered by the Redevelopment Authority and offered annually along with application guidance to each of the eligible municipalities.
In total, there were 39 grants distributed for eligible projects. A full list of of MGP recipients can be found here.