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Traffic Signal Funding Available Through Green Light-Go Program

Thursday November 1st, 2018
Townships that want to upgrade traffic signals can apply for funding through the state Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Green Light-Go Program. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2019.
 
Up to $40 million is available for FY 2018-2019. The program is a reimbursement grant program, and applicants must provide a 20 percent match.
 
Eligible projects include:
 
• replacement of bulbs with LEDs;
 
• traffic signal retiming;
 
• study and removal of unwarranted traffic signals;
 
• traffic corridor monitoring;
 
• installation of innovative technologies;
 
• communications/connections to traffic management center;
 
• detection and/or controller upgrades;
 
• modernization upgrades; and
 
• intelligent transportation systems.
 
Funds may be used for planning, pre-construction, and construction activities, including engineering and design, utilities and permitting, right-of-way acquisition, and construction inspection.
 
Activities that are not eligible for grant funding include new traffic signals, routine maintenance, emergency pre-emption equipment, battery backup, and flashing warning devices.
 
All projects will be managed locally by the applicant unless otherwise specified by PennDOT. Projects must follow the procedures for liquid fuels projects as set forth in Publication 9.
 
Applications must be submitted electronically through the web-based dotGrants program. For more information, call Stephen Gault, statewide traffic signal operations engineer, at (717) 783-6988 or email ra-pdsignalfunding@pa.gov. Townships may also go to the Green Light-Go Program webpage for more information.


Nominate Your Township for a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

Monday October 22nd, 2018
Has your township completed an environmental stewardship project this year? Consider nominating it for the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) 2019 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.The deadline for nominations is December 17.
 
The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are open to all individuals, whether they led or participated in a project, and to all schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, farms, and government agencies. People may also nominate an individual or organization by applying on their behalf. 
 
DEP oversees the application and award selection process, evaluating projects on seven criteria:
 
• degree of environmental protection,
 
• climate change,
 
• sustainability,
 
• partnership,
 
• economic impact,
 
• innovation, and
 
• environmental education and outreach.
 
Projects do not have to meet all criteria to merit an award and may be non-profit or for-profit.
 
Projects must have been completed before October 17, 2018, to be eligible. Past winners may nominate new projects, but projects that have won previously are not eligible.
 
For more information and to apply, visit DEP’s 2019 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence webpage


FEMA Hazard, Flood Mitigation Funding Available

Monday October 22nd, 2018
The Pa. Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has announced that applications are being accepted for a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program to provide FY 2018 pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation and flood mitigation assistance to municipalities.
 
The deadline for applications is December 14.
 
The Non-Disaster Grant Program is available to fund projects that:
 
• reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program ($145 million available nationally, with $70 million prioritized for community flood mitigation). Click here for a flood-mitigation assistance fact sheet; and
 
• reduce overall risk to population and structures from future hazard events and reliance on federal funding for future disasters ($235.2 million nationally). Click here for a pre-disaster mitigation assistance fact sheet.
 
To be eligible, a municipality or county must have adopted their county hazard mitigation plan.
 
The State Hazard Mitigation Application Review Team will meet between December 19 and 31 to rank and prioritize projects in line with the state's Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan.
 
Grant applications are to be submitted through FEMA's eGrants system.
 
Click here for detailed application instructions from PEMA.
 
For more information on hazard mitigation planning and technical assistance, please contact Tom Hughes, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at (717) 651-2726 or by using the hazard mitigation email: RA-shazmitoff@pa.gov.


Nominate Your Project for Governor's Awards for Local Government Excellence

Thursday October 11th, 2018
Deadline is December 14.
 
PSATS is asking its members to nominate projects for the 2019 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence, administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The awards recognize townships and officials who have found creative ways to improve their communities.
 
Townships may nominate projects in the following categories:
 
• Building community partnerships
 
• Responding to adversity
 
• Promoting community/economic revitalization
 
• Innovative community/governmental initiatives
 
• Fiscal accountability and best management practices
 
• Innovative planning and sound land use practices
 
• Intergovernmental cooperation
 
• Information technology
 
• Health and wellness initiatives
 
Townships must submit a narrative about the project that includes:
 
• The name of the nominated township and county, any other participating municipalities and their counties, and a contact person’s name, street address, phone number, and email address. 
 
• The applicable category from the list above.
 
• A description of the project.
 
• An explanation of how the project  resolved a problem, addressed a need, or improved the community. Provide quantifiable results, if available.
 
• A list of everyone who participated in the project and how they helped.
 
To learn more about the judging criteria for each category, view past award winners, and submit a nomination, go to DCED's Governor's Awards web page.
 
 
 
 


Applications Being Accepted for Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Grants

Monday October 1st, 2018
Townships that want to purchase or convert vehicles to natural gas or other alternative fuels may apply for funding through DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2018.
 
Grants are available for the conversion or purchase of natural gas vehicles, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane, or other alternative-fuel vehicles of any size.
 
This year, the program will give priority to projects that include the use of funded vehicles by emergency personnel in emergency responses, rescues, and evacuations.
 
Grants are available for:
 
• Vehicle retrofit or purchase, to offset the incremental cost of purchasing alternative fuel vehicles or retrofitting existing vehicles to operate on alternative fuels; and
 
• Alternative fuel refueling infrastructure, to offset the costs of purchasing and installing refueling equipment for fleet, workplace, or intermediary fueling.
 
For more information or to apply, go to the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program page.
 


Grants Available for Coldwater Stream Conservation

Monday October 1st, 2018
Townships that have trout streams and other coldwater ecosystems may apply for grants from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership, which provides technical assistance and funding for the evaluation, conservation, and protection of Pennsylvania’s streams. Applications are due by December 15, 2018.
 
• Planning grants up to $5,000 provide funding to develop a conservation plan that identifies the value of and threats to coldwater ecosystems with naturally reproducing trout. The information collected can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or watershed improvement projects.
 
• Implementation grants up to $8,000 fund projects that have been recommended in a complete conservation plan or report. Potential projects must enhance, conserve, or protect the coldwater stream named in the original plan.
 
For more information, guidelines, and applications, go to the Grant Appications and Guidelines page. Potential applicants are urged to contact Program Director Ashley Wilmot before submitting an application. Call her at (814) 359-5233 or email c-awilmont@pa.gov.


Fire Companies Can Win $500 By Promoting "Call Before You Dig"

Wednesday September 5th, 2018
Fire companies that help promote the “call before you dig” message could win $500 through a contest sponsored by Pennsylvania One Call and six utility companies. State law requires that anyone getting ready to dig with power equipment first call 811 so the location of underground utilities can be marked.
 
The Fire House 811 campaign encourages fire companies to post a creative 811 message on their firehouse marquee and email a photo (along with their address and contact information) to contact@pa1call.org. A winner will be drawn every second Friday of the month through December. 
 
To raise awareness about public safety and call before you dig, Pennsylvania 811, the state’s 811 call center, will post photos of all entries on its Facebook and Twitter pages. If your firehouse doesn’t have a marquee, it can order a complimentary 4-by-8-foot vinyl banner to hang and photograph (the station’s name must be in the picture) to submit for the drawing.
 
The contest began April 30, and remaining drawings will take place October 12, November 9, and December 14. Fire companies may only win once in the calendar year. 
 
For more information about the contest or to order a vinyl banner, go to the Fire House 811 campaign page.