Commissioners announce COVID grants to county school districts

Chester County Commissioners allocate $10 million in CARES funds to support public schools in Chester County impacted by COVID-19. Pictured with a check for $10 million presented to the Chester County Intermediate Unit are (from left to right): Dr. Emilie Lonardi, District Superintendent, Downingtown Area School District; Dr. George Fiore, Executive Director, Chester County Intermediate Unit; Chester...

County granted $3.74 million for farm preservation

At its recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board awarded Chester County the highest level of funding, $3.74 million, to preserve nearly 150 more acres of farmland on two Chester County farms.  The state board announced an overall spending threshold of $38 million for the purchase of development rights from 38 farm owners state-wide – the highest spending total in over...

Phoenixville get $1.5M state grant for community center

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf approved a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for a new Phoenixville Community Center.  This is one of three projects approved in Chester County under the RACP Program. The new proposed community center will be approximately 34,000 square feet of multi-use space to house the Parks and Recreation Department,...

Colonial Theatre could get $100K matching grant — if donations hit goal

Two local movie-lovers just keep on giving to Association for the Colonial Theatre – and challenging the newly expanded nonprofit. The anonymous members recently announced a $100,000 matching challenge grant to benefit the historic movie theatre and concert venue. If the Colonial raises $100,000 by May 31, 2018 for its Bank on the Arts capital campaign, it will receive a $100,000 grant from the Chester...

Roe announces $200K grant for New Garden park

Rep. Eric Roe (R-158) Rep. Eric Roe (R-158) announced today that New Garden Township has been awarded $200,000 from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to further develop New Garden Park. “The funding is to be used to construct parking areas, a driveway, walkways, a pavilion and basketball court; and install state-of-the-art playground equipment, and landscaping,” said Roe. ...

Meehan announces $42K federal grant for Longwood Fire Co.

Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-7) announced Tuesday that Longwood Fire Company earned a $42,286 federal grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The grant will support the fire company’s acquisition of lifesaving rescue equipment. “The AFG program provides essential funding for equipment and safety programs for fire departments across...

Bentley Systems pledges $250K to Chester Co. Historial Society

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is pleased to receive a technology pledge of $250,000 from Bentley Systems for the upcoming exhibition Chester County: A Place in History. The pledge will aid CCHS in developing interactive components for this exhibit such as touchscreens, mobile tablets, handicapped-accessible devices, computer-based kiosks and listening stations, audio...

County gives Oxford $575K for Wheeler Blvd. improvements

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Betsy Brantner – Oxford Borough Manager, John Thompson – Oxford Borough Council member, Randy Teel – Oxford Borough Council member, Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline and Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell. OXFORD — The Chester County Commissioners awarded the Borough of Oxford $575,000 of 2015 Community Revitalization Program...

County Historical Society gets $400K grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) announced Tuesday that it had received an implementation grant of $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming exhibition Chester County: A Place in History. The grant program is extremely competitive. Of the 212 grants awarded nationally, CCHS was one of only ten to receive funding in the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations...

Costello announces DHS/FEMA grant to Downingtown fire companies

DOWNINGTOWN — U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) announced last week that borough firefighters will receive $33,429 for operations and safety thanks to a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) work cooperatively with U.S. Fire Administration to provide funding critical to helping firefighters protect...