State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) is encouraging local agencies and organizations that were promised state grant funding last year to check the status of those awards, as many were rescinded at the close of the Rendell administration.

Heffley has heard from a number of groups that have contacted the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) about their grants in recent weeks. Most of them are being told they are no longer in line to receive that funding.

"If the administration did not have the money to fund these grants, they should not have been awarded in the first place," Heffley said. "I think we all recognize the fiscal challenges facing the Commonwealth, including an anticipated $4 billion revenue shortfall come the end of this fiscal year. But local agencies and organizations are struggling financially, too, and many of them are incorporating this grant funding into their budgets.

"It is very disappointing to me that the Rendell administration not only went back on its promises but also that it failed to inform these organizations that their funding was being rescinded," he added.

Heffley is encouraging any organization in the area that received a preliminary grant award letter in the past to contact DCED to determine the status of its funding. He is also willing to help the organizations research the status of their grants if they are having difficulty getting answers from the department.

Heffley's office, located at 110 N. Third St., in Lehighton, can be reached at (610) 377-6363.