Redevelopment Authority awards $3.9 Million in grants

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks recently awarded $3.9 million in grants from funds generated by the gaming facility at Parx Casino in Bensalem Township.

The Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors approved the grants to eligible municipalities at a public meeting held on December 13th, 2019 at the Redevelopment Authority’s office in Bristol Borough.

The grants will be used for a variety of municipal projects that include infrastructure improvements, municipal upgrades, human services, emergency services and equipment for law enforcement and fire fighters.

“The Redevelopment Authority is proud to support these types of projects that address gaming’s impact on our region. I would like to commend Senator Tomlinson for his leadership when drafting the gaming legislation and for introducing language that made key changes to the law in 2017. His vision has resulted in tens of millions of dollars being used locally to address gaming’s impact on our region,” said Sean Schafer, Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority.

Prior to the reenactment and amendment of the gaming law in 2017, only the municipalities contiguous to the Bensalem gaming facility as well as the County and Bensalem Township were eligible for grants.

Senator Tommy Tomlinson introduced language that authorized those municipalities wholly within a contiguous municipality to be eligible for grant funds.

Schafer added, “Applications presented by the municipalities represented a wide range of projects. Each year the Redevelopment Authority board and staff spend many hours reviewing the applications before the final decision is made. I am pleased that we can help these communities to address infrastructure needs, improve the quality of life for families, and make our Lower Bucks County community safe.”

Jeff Darwak, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority, noted over $6 million in application requests were received.

He said, “This year we saw, and were able to support, a lot of projects that involved collaboration amongst multiple jurisdictions. It is great to see municipalities building partnerships through this program. These projects will address gaming impacts and alleviate some of the financial burden from the taxpayers in the impacted communities.”

Since the inception of the Municipal Grant Program in 2008, the Redevelopment Authority has awarded over $45 million for eligible projects. The municipal grant application process is administered by the Redevelopment Authority and offered along with application guidance to each of the eligible municipalities.

Below is a list of the grants awarded on by the Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors.

For more information on the grant program contact Executive Director, Jeff Darwak, 215-781-8711.