Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester Push to Renew Expired Funding for Child Care

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U.S.¬†Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester are joining other colleagues in urging congressional leadership to renew expired funding for child care in any supplemental funding package. Funding the lawmakers passed in the¬†American¬†Rescue Plan Act¬†that allowed millions of¬†parents to afford child care and keep their jobs during¬†the pandemic¬†expired in September, but…

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Del. Announces New Affordable Housing Initiatives Using ARPA Funds

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Delaware is unveiling several new programs to develop and create more affordable housing, utilizing funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.Governor John Carney said Thursday that the Delaware State Housing Authority will start and administer programs that involve acquisition and rehabilitation of vacant houses, provide additional financing for owners of affordable multi-family rental projects who…

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Del. Begins Mortgage Relief Program

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Delaware has opened a mortgage relief program.Eligible households who have experienced a COVID-19-related financial hardship that led to mortgage delinquency or forbearance can apply for financial assistance, according to the Delaware State Housing Authority. Up to $40,000 is available to cover delinquencies in mortgage payments, property taxes, utility bills, condominium association fees or homeowner insurance.…

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Sussex Co. Council Allocates $7.5-Million in ARPA Funds

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Sussex County Council has voted to allocate more than $7.5-million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for healthcare, housing and human services-related programs.A dozen entities will receive portions of the funding, which is required under the act to assist such programs in the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Groups that create affordable housing in southern…

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Del. Takes Applications for Food System Program Grants

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The Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy is accepting grant applications for the Food System ProgramGrants will be available for entities that grow, process, store, transport, distribute or sell food in Delaware, according to the State Department of Agriculture.Funding is available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Grants come in varying amounts depending on…

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Del. Broadband Expansion Plan Webinar / Q & A Tonight (Tuesday)

Governor John Carney announced a state investment of $110-million into broadband access, using federal rescue dollars (photo from Bridgeville, courtesy of Governor John Carney's Office)
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Expansion of hard-wired broadband internet infrastructure in Delaware is the focus of a broadband webinar tonight (Tuesday).According to State Senator Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, representatives of the state Department of Technology and Information will give specific details and answer questions about the plan to make Delaware more connected.Last year, Governor John Carney announced an investment of…

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Sussex Co. Opens Applications For Affordable Housing Trust Fund

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The Sussex County Office of Community Development and Housing will begin taking applications Friday for affordable housing assistance through the Housing Trust Fund. County Council approved the program last fall, and it begins with $6.8-million in funding. Most of the money comes through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Sussex County is also budgeting half-a-million…

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Del. Offers $56-Million In Grants To Build Expanded Broadband

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Delaware is making $56-million in Broadband Infrastructure Grants available to begin making high-speed wired broadband connection available to every Delaware home.Comcast, Verizon and Mediacom plan to extend their existing coverage areas to serve thousands more homes and businesses that currently do not have access to high speed wired broadband.The providers applied for the grant application…

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Del. Creates Community Mental Health Services Fund

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Delaware plans to create a community-based mental health services fund, utilizing money from the American Rescue Plan Act that was passed earlier this year. Governor John Carney said Wednesday that the fund will help providers of community health care services, non-profits and faith-based institutions provide services in their communities. Such organizations may apply for funding…

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Del. To Invest More Than $7-Million Into Tourism Recovery

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Delaware will invest more than $7,000,000 into tourism, travel and outdoor recreation from an American Rescue Plan program administered by the Economic Development Administration. Grants will be awarded for efforts that advance the economic recovery of communities where travel and outdoor recreation were hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Governor John Carney and…

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Del. Auditor Hosts ARPA Spending Town Hall

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness spoke with several mayors in Dewey Beach in May (photo: WGMD's Alan Henney)
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Delaware’s spending of American Rescue Plan Act funds and how it’s documented and tracked will be detailed tonight (Mon. Oct. 25th) in Georgetown at a town hall meeting hosted by State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. This is the last in a series of town halls announced by McGuiness, before she was indicted on charges related to…

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ARPA Funds Available To Boost Del. Nonprofits

Governor John Carney announced a state investment of $110-million into broadband access, using federal rescue dollars (photo from Bridgeville, courtesy of Governor John Carney's Office)
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Delaware non-profits will be able to apply for one-time funding to support major capital projects in communities that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Investment Recovery Fund is supported with $100-million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act.Governor John Carney said Thursday that this will help community centers and other non-profits…

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Del. To Invest $50-Million Into Job Training, Workforce Development

Governor John Carney gathered with students and others at Delaware Tech in Wilmington, where a $50-million ARPA job training investment was announced. (photo courtesy of Governor Carney's office)
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Job training and workforce development in Delaware will get a $50-million investment, using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The state’s Pathways program that allows students to gain real-world work experience while in school will grow through a $15.8-million public-and-private expansion. Also, the Forward-Delaware jobs-training program will continue to provide students with work experience…

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