Yaw: ‘Act 13’ Grant Program Opens for 2024

Eligible projects include flood mitigation, watershed restoration & improvement, recreation.

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, is now accepting applications for grants funded by Act 13 natural gas drilling impact fees, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

Eligible entities are encouraged to apply for the funding, which is paid for by natural gas drillers and allotted to the state’s Marcellus Legacy Fund.

“Counties and municipalities across my Senate District have seen the benefits of natural gas impact fee dollars in their communities,” Sen. Yaw said.  “The fee has generated more than $2 billion in tax revenue to support state and local projects, and this figure does not include the millions directed back through the state’s Marcellus Legacy Fund. We established the Legacy Fund to ensure a portion of the funds collected support local environmental enhancement and conservation programs.  I urge eligible entities throughout the 23rd District to apply for this important funding.”

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies.  Pursuant to Section 2315 (a) (6) (i) of the Act, a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the CFA for statewide initiatives that will include abandoned mine drainage abatement; abandoned well plugging; sewage treatment; greenways, trails, and recreation; baseline water quality data; watershed restoration and flood control.

Applications will be accepted until May 31. Eligible applicants with questions should call 717.787.6245.

For more state-related news and information, constituents can visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.

Elizabeth Weitzel

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