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New Castle County set to approve $54 million in ARPA funds

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

New Castle County Council will vote at its next meeting to send just over $54 million in federal COVID relief funds to the county’s finance office for allocation. The money will go toward affordable housing, wastewater and stormwater management, nonprofit grants and more, according to Brian Cunningham, the county’s director of strategic communications. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, …

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Delaware allots millions to ensure affordable housing

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Millions in American Rescue Plan Act money will fund a wide variety of programs designed to help Delawareans stay in their homes, get into a home or find a rental that’s affordable. To do that, the initiatives announced in recent days will: Help buy and rehab vacant homes in Delaware neighborhoods. Provide extra money to those building multi-family rental properties …

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Del. child care worker registry open; $1,000 bonuses going out

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines

Delaware child care workers can now enroll in a registry that will allow them to receive their $1,000 direct relief payment from the state, the Department of Education announced Friday. Payments are available to all child care professionals who are at least 18 years of age, work in licensed Delaware child care programs, interact directly with children for at least …

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Carney announces $16M for children’s mental health facility

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney announced the investment in Elsmere Tuesday alongside Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and DSYCF secretary Josette Manning. Delaware will invest $16 million in federal COVID relief funds to renovate and remodel a building aimed at addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of children.  By rehabilitating Wharton Hall on the Department of …

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Grants allocated to bring high-speed internet to every Delaware home

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Every Delaware home will have access to high-speed wired broadband internet thanks to $56 million in federal infrastructure grants. Grants were awarded to Comcast, Verizon and Mediacom – Delaware’s three largest service providers. Comcast will receive $33.1 million, Verizon will receive $11.8 million and Mediacom will receive $11.1 million. With those funds, the three companies will extend their existing coverage …

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North Wilmington, Newark libraries to get new buildings

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The Selbyville Public Library will be able to construct a new building, thanks to American Rescue Plan money. Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act bucks, the Selbyville Public Library will be able to build a new library and move out of the stately home in which it’s now housed. Selbyville is one of nine Delaware libraries up and down the …

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As revenues rise, Republicans say taxpayers should get some money back

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Republicans in the General Assembly have introduced six bills to decrease Delawareans’ tax burden. (Getty Images) Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced six new bills to return surplus state revenue to Delawareans. With a windfall of cash from federal stimulus bills and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Republican lawmakers say there’s no better time to give Delawareans some needed …

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UD, DSU, DelTech to split $107 million of American Rescue money

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

With federal Rescue Plan money, state colleges will be able to build new facilities, maintain older ones and enhance programs they already have. Three Delaware colleges and universities will split $107 million in  in American Rescue Plan Act money, the state announced Wednesday. Of that, the University of Delaware will get $41 million; Delaware State University will get $33 million …

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State to perform quarterly audits of COVID relief, infrastructure funds

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo by Utah778/Getty Images Pro. Delaware has set aside more than $3 million to audit agencies and nonprofit organizations that receive funding from federal infrastructure and COVID relief bills.  The state will perform quarterly reviews of agencies and organizations receiving funds to monitor the efficacy of investments and ensure compliance. Behind those efforts is Claire DeMatteis, senior counsel and special …

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State to invest $2 million in farmers, local food supply chain

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo courtesy of Delaware Department of Agriculture. Delaware will spend $2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to establish a seed fund aimed at stabilizing and strengthening small and mid-sized farmers and local food supply chain operations. The First State Integrated Food System Program, announced Thursday by Gov. John Carney, will be paid for using funds the state received from …