Senator Camera Bartolotta E-Newsletter

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August 7, 2019

In This Edition:

  • New Resources Available to Support Urban Agriculture
  • Application Period for Volunteer Fire Company, EMS Grants Opens
  • Local Community Development Projects Receive State Support
  • TV Program Focuses on Local Approach to Improve Student Mental Health
  • Grants Available for Rail Freight Projects

New Resources Available to Support Urban Agriculture

Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s top industry, and farming is vital to our economy in the 46th Senatorial District. It is critical to support all aspects of agriculture and encourage the next generation to become engaged.

One of the new programs created by lawmakers this year in the Pennsylvania Farm Bill is the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, which supports community agriculture projects in more populated environments. Micro-grants of up to $2,500 are available for single entities, and collaboration grants of up to $50,000 are available for cooperative and regional projects.

The grant program is open now through September 6. Additional details about the program are available here. More information about other measures to support the agriculture community is available here.

I look forward to sharing this information and more information about Farming First initiatives at the Washington and Greene County Farm Bureau Legislative tours.


My thanks goes out to Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN) for inviting me to participate in a panel discussion on the importance of the Commonwealth’s thriving energy industry and infrastructure particularly as it relates to jobs, economic opportunities, and safety.

Application Period for Volunteer Fire Company, EMS Grants Opens Next Month

Volunteer fire and EMS companies can apply for state grants for construction projects, equipment purchases, training and debt reduction beginning next month. The application period for the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program will open on September 4.

Applicants must complete all Final Reports for the 2018-2019 grant year by September 3 in order to be eligible for another grant during the 2019-20 grant process.

More details on the program, including application guidelines, are available online at www.osfc.pa.gov.

Local Community Development Projects Receive State Support

Last week, seven state grants were announced to support community redevelopment projects in Washington and Greene counties. Some of the projects include improvements at the Washington Hospital; renovations of the Landmarks Building in Washington; renovations at Waynesburg University; and a number of economic development projects to help create more jobs throughout the region.

Details on all of the grants are available here.


The Greene County Fair is underway! Be sure to stop by and enjoy all of the best food, entertainment and other attractions that our community has to offer. For more information about the event, click here.

TV Program Focuses on Local Approach to Improve Student Mental Health

An innovative local approach to improving the mental health of students was highlighted during the most recent episode of my “Focus on the 46th” TV program. The show focuses on the partial inpatient mental health program in the Bentworth School District that makes mental health services more readily available to young people.

Video of the show is available here.


Congratulations to Lauren Schroyer on completing her year as Miss Rain Day! Her service and dedication to the program and to the community is extremely impressive.

Grants Available for Rail Freight Projects

The application period for the 2019 Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program is open now through 4 p.m. on August 30. The programs help preserve essential freight service and support additional rail freight improvement projects throughout the state.

More details about the program are available here. Grant applications are available here.

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