New Castle News

January 1, 2013

Northwest grant award supports local project

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A Lawrence County project is one of eight receiving a grant in the Northwest Commission’s Greenways Block Grant Program.

Human Services Center received $40,000 for its green roof project at the Fisher Building in 2012.

The commission’s program facilitates the implementation of the natural systems recommendations contained in the Northwest Pennsylvania Greenways Plan and the resulting individual eight county plans.

All projects have to be located within the footprint of the northwest Pennsylvania Greenways region — Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

Grant requests could not exceed $40,000 for a department of environmental protection project or $25,000 for a department of conservation and natural resources project.

The next round of block grant applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is 11 a.m. Jan. 7. The Greenways Block Grant guidelines and application are available on the Northwest Commission’s webpage at www.nwcommission.org/greenways.

During the last round of funding, eight projects with a total cost of $346,000 were selected for funding.

The Human Services Center project entails installing a GreenGrid roof on the Human Services Center’s Fisher building in downtown New Castle. The roof is a pollution reduction activity that will result in eliminating more than 50,000 gallons of storm water from entering the Shenango River watershed.