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Harrisburg – October 31, 2019 – Four grants totaling more than $550,000 have been approved for local organizations in Philadelphia, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today.

Grant funding was approved for Fairmont Community Development Corporation, Friends of Bok, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Turning Points for Children.

“The grant funding will help support four important projects in the First Senatorial District,” Farnese said.  “The grants will help with community revitalization, infrastructure improvements and development of a community garden.”

The $200,000 grant approved for Fairmont Community Development Corporation will be used for the acquisition and renovation of commercial floor space inn Brewerytown, which will become a resource hub for new and small businesses.

Friends of Bok will use a $246,692 grant for infrastructure improvements inside a vacant auditorium on 9th Street. The auditorium was constructed in 1938 as part of the BOK school and has limited functionality.  The renovated auditorium will allow this former school that has emerged as a community and business hub to host  events that will attract close to 10,000 attendees.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will use a $53,157 grant to renovate the Growing Home Community Garden which serves more than 100 Burmese and Bhutanese refugee families in South Philadelphia.  The project will focus on the garden at 728-742 Emily Street.

Another grant of $59,300 was awarded to Turning Points for Children to complete renovations of the top floor of a building on 15th Street.  This facility supports kids that are aging out of the foster care system with no resources or family.

“Accessing state programs and resources to aid local projects helps bolster the quality of life in a region and keep Philadelphia as a vibrant city of dynamic neighborhoods,” Farnese said.

The funding was approved through the Local Share Account (LSA) program.  Eligible LSA projects in Philadelphia include those focused on economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest.