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Grants. One of the most exciting words for a community to hear... free money... improved community resources without raising taxes! Pen Argyl Borough takes pride in its staff's ability to apply for and successfully receive grant money from County, State and Federal Agencies. Below is a partial listing of recent grants received by Pen Argyl:



United Way Grant
The grant will be used towards a three week summer recreation program at Weona Park.   The recreation program will be in July. The program is open to all children, and financial assitance is need for those who qualify.  For more information on the recreation program please contact the Park Department, 610-863-9249.

Pennsylvania DCNR Grant
The purpose of the funds is to provide funding for Phase I improvements at Weona Park. Specificly the funds will be used for Handicapped walking paths.

Pennsylvania DCED Grant
The purpose of funds made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is to provide funding towards a GIS project.

Pennsylvania DCED Grant
The purpose of funds made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is to improve the facilities of Weona Park.

Northampton County Bond Grant
The purpose of funds made available through the 2001 Northampton County Bond Grant for recreation is to improve the facilities of Weona Park.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Monroe County Arts Council

The purpose of funds made available through the 2000 Monroe County Arts Council Regrant Program is to provide assistance to quality arts projects and programs in the Pocono Northeast Region of Pennsylvania and to support and recognize local community, cultural and performing organizations undertaking that type of programming.

Northampton Landfill Postclosure Account $414,986.00
On June 1, 2000, Pen Argyl Borough recieved a $414,986.00 grant from the Northampton County Landfill Postclosure Account. The money in the postclosure account was provide for through the Commonwealth's Growing Greener Legislation.

The $414,986.00 budget will be used as follows:

Sewer Line Repair $403,886

GIS Mapping of Sewer and Storm Lines $11,100

United Way Grant
On May 9, 2000, Pen Argyl Borough received approval for a $2,200 grant from the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The grant will be used towards a two week summer recreation program at Weona Park. The recreation program will run from July 10th through 21st. The program is open to all children, and financial assitance is need for those who qualify. For more information on the recreation program please contact the Park Department, 610-863-9249.

Two free computers from the EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Philadelphia (EPA) office advertised in the Pennsylvania Magazine that they would be donating old computers to offices that work with environmental protection issues.

Pen Argyl Borough applied for two computers, one for the Street Department and one for the Sewer Department. The applications were based on the fact the the Street Department administers storm water collection for the Borough and the Sewer Department is involved in treating waste water, both of these activities are forms of environmental protection.

$20,000 DCNR SC/SP Grant
On March 16, 2000 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) awarded Pen Argyl Borough a grant of $20,000 to be used for a new pavilion at Weona Park. The award was made under the DCNR's "Small Community/ Small Project" Grant Program for Parks.

The new pavilion will be a prefabricated model that will fit in with the historical traditions in already present at Weona. The local is not definite yet.

The grant can only be spent on materials. All labor for the project will be provided by the Borough Employees.

$19,500 DCNR PITA Grant
On March 16, 2000 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) awarded Pen Argyl Borough a grant of $19,500 to be used for a Master Site Plan for Weona Park. The award was made under the DCNR's "Planning, Implementation and technical Assistance (PITA)" Grant Program for Parks.

The grant is a matching grant, which means that the local community must provide a $19,500 to match the grant from the DCNR. The Borough would like to thank the Friends of the Weona Park Carousel, the Park Pals of Weona Park, Scotty;s Fashions, Waste Management, Pen Argyl Area Concerned Citizens and the Pen Argyl Senior Women's Club for their generous commitments of monetary support to help meet the matching requirements.

Below is the description of the grant (from the grant application):

Originally created in June 1920, Weona Park has evolved over the years with the help of local civic groups, volunteer organizations, private donations, WPA era efforts, etc. The park facility features a Dentzel Stationary Menagerie Carousel, one of only three of its kind still in operation in the United States (as of August 1999, Carousel is listed on the United States Register of Historic Places). A band shell, several pavilions, a miniature golf course, and playground are nestled near the carousel beneath a tall canopy of trees. In addition, a swimming pool, athletic fields and ice skating area, provide for the enjoyment of the whole community. Truly, Weona Park offers recreational diversity to the entire Slate Belt.

Unfortunately, however, the reality is that as time wears on-- changes in management philosophies, heavy use, and off site pressures all impact the health of the park. There comes a time in the life of a park, and now is the time for Weona Park, for the community to take an inventory of the quality of their facilities.

A Master Site Plan will take a full and complete look at Weona Park and all of its facilities, the first in-depth analysis of the park since its inception 80 years ago. The ultimate goal of the Master Site Plan is to identify the things that make the park the "jewel of the Slate Belt," as well as identifying the areas that are no longer enhancing the charm of Weona Park. At its completion the Master Site Plan will provide present and future Park Mangers, Borough Councils, and residents with a plan to improve and enhance Weona Park.

$109,410 DCED Grant
On January 13, 2000 Representative Craig Dally presented Weona Park with a $109,410 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Rep. Dally said of the grant "We should do whatever we can to rehabilitate park facilities and preserve the carousel for future generations." Pen Argyl Borough would like to thank Rep. Dally for his help in attaining the grant.

What will the $109,410 be used for?

The main goal of the grant will be to protect the historic Weona Carousel and improve the area of the park around the Carousel (both ascetically and functionally). The anchor for the project is the design and purchase of a sprinkler system for the Carousel. The sprinkler system will protect the historically significant, hand-carved Dentzel animals of the Carousel. This was an utmost priority for the people of the Pen Argyl and for the entire State of Pennsylvania. Through the award of this grant the State of Pennsylvania has recognized the historical and economic value of the Weona Carousel.

We hope to start some of the construction this spring, and finish the job in late fall. There are many rules that must be followed when using State Funds for a project. The project will be audited to make sure that the Borough spends the grant money on the intended uses. This means that we will not be able to use the money on "anything we want," but it is believed that we may be able to shift money from one part of the project to another. For example if we over estimated how much a new walking path would cost, but under estimated the cost of the sprinkler system, we should be able to shift the funds. Understand?

If you have any questions about the grant please contact the Borough Manager.

Budget for the Project

Pennsylvania DCED Grant
One of President Clinton's most successful incitiatives has been the COPS program. COPS is a federally funded program, whereby Washington grants money to local muncipalities to hire more police officeres to patrol the streets.

Pen Argyl Borough received it first grant in 1998 and will continue in the program through the year 2000 (the Borough has also applied for an extention of the grant). The money has been used to pay for a portion of the wages of two Borough officers.