$5,000 grant to benefit 3 communities

A $5,000 mini-grant has been awarded to the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley Region.

The grant will benefit a development project that assists the Emlenton, Parker and Foxburg communities.

The project provides banners designed by Hannah Switzer, a recent graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School.

“I hope the banners can act as a visual for people to notice the work being done by the Blueprint Communities,” Switzer said.

The banners are now displayed on the main thoroughfares throughout the three communities.

“We got community input on the banners, and the banners is what they wanted to see,” said Marilyn McCall, chairperson of the Blueprint Community.

Minigrants are awarded to projects that help build community development, have visual impact within the community and offer a venue for community engagement.

The grant is made possible by FHLBank Pittsburgh and administered through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

The minigrant funds were leveraged in part by local “match” funds of a minimum of 10 percent of the project’s total cost.