Pittsburgh, Pa. − May 8, 2019 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams announced today that several local businesses, school districts, and senior centers have been awarded grant funding totaling over $1.3 million.

Under the Small Business Advantage Grant program, business owners can receive 50% matching grants to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or to adopt waste reduction processes. This program, which is administered through the PA Department of Environmental Protection, saves grant recipients an average of almost $5,000 per year. 2018-19 recipients are:

  • Bon Tool Company in Gibsonia: $4,846 to install LED lighting
  • Back to Life Chiropractic LLC in Gibsonia: $5,000 to upgrade x-ray equipment
  • Ton Pottery, Inc in Natrona Heights: $2,917 to purchase a new pottery kiln

Additional grants were received by local schools through the School Safety and Security Grant Program. Funding distributed under this program must be used in specific ways to address safety and security, including the purchase of security-related technology, the provision of specialized staff and student training programs for the referral of at-risk students to appropriate community-based services, and costs associated with school resource officers. Recipients of these awards are:

  • W. Beattie Career Center: $271, 609
  • Fox Chapel School District: $908,083
  • North Hills School District: $74,082
  • Shaler Area School District: $55,020

Finally, Highlands Senior Center in Tarentum was awarded $15,000 through the Department of Aging Senior Community Center Grants. This funding is to be used to increase participation and programming, attract a new generation of older adults, and enable senior community centers to provide a safe and healthy environment for participants.

“These grants will have a tremendous impact on programs and services in our community,” said Senator Lindsey Williams. “I’m happy to see that the schools, businesses, and communities that make up District 38 are being recognized.”