The state is lending a hand to help spruce up some local downtowns.
Three nonprofit groups whose missions are to promote economic development in Boyertown, Hamburg and West Reading will receive funding to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that Building a Better Boyertown, Hamburg Our Town Foundation and West Reading Revitalization Foundation were among the 43 community revitalization organizations throughout the state that will receive nearly $2 million under the COVID-19 Relief Supporting Elm and Main program.
Building a Better Boyertown and the Hamburg Our Town Foundation will each get $50,000 while the West Reading Revitalization Foundation will receive $32,500.
The goal of SEAM, the governor said in a press release, is to provide financial assistance to organizations dedicated to community and economic development in older and historic downtowns, commercial districts and neighborhoods.
The program, supported by Keystone Communities funding, is intended to assist Elm Street and Main Street organizations that have been economically impacted by COVID.
Wolf said communities across the state have faced devastating impacts from the pandemic but Pennsylvania's network of community development organizations never ceased answering the call for help.
"Our Elm Street and Main Street programs work tirelessly year in and year out — even in the best of times — to improve their communities, and this funding will provide them with the support they need to overcome the challenges they've recently faced," he said.