Twelve projects, half of them in Pike County, will receive $1.8 million in funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The grants are awarded to counties contiguous to Monroe County. The funds come from an assessment on certain revenues at Mount Airy Casino.

The lion's share in Pike is $425,000 for the county's sewage expansion.

“We are committed to working cooperatively with our elected officials and community leaders to advance locally identified, priority projects and hopefully ease some of the burden for local taxpayers,” said Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Pike/Wayne/Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wyoming), who announced the grants along with Reps. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne), Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), and Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike).

“There are many needs throughout our community, and as legislators, we connect continuously with people to understand each and every one of these,” said Brown. “These grants definitely help to address some of these needs and work to support the people of our region.”

Pike CountyThe following Pike County projects were approved for funding:

Pike County Economic Development Authority — $50,000 for the Pocono Environmental Education Center Sustainability Lodge

Pike County Economic Development Authority — $50,000 for the Holy Trinity Food Pantry

The Pike County Complex Sewage Expansion — $425,000

Pike County Economic Development Authority — $75,000 for Tanglewood Lakes

Pike County Economic Development Authority — $10,902 for the Milford Water Authority

Pike County Economic Development Authority — $98,582 for Habitat for Humanity

Wayne CountyThe following Wayne County projects were approved for funding:

Texas Township — $197,000 for municipal building improvements

Damascus Township — $200,000 for baseball field and parking improvements

Wayne Economic Development Association — $64,291 for the repair of the Community Library of Lake and Salem Township building

Wayne Economic Development Association — $400,000 for Sterling Business and Technology Park Lot 3 Site Development

Hawley Borough Levee Repair Project — $181,711

Mount Pleasant Township — $50,000 for its anti-skid shed