State Grant Opportunities
PSAB does not administer grants and provides grant resources for informational purposes only.
PA Grant and Resource Directory
The 2018-2019 Community and Local Government Assistance Brochure
Environment/Parks and Recreation
DEP has dozens of grants and loans to assist individuals, groups and businesses with a host of environmental issues. Below, you'll find a list of available grants and loans, a description of each program, links to applications and eligibility information. DEP's Grants Center is available to assist you with general questions. Contact 717-705-5400 for more information. For more information, click here.
Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants
Available through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, these grants can be used for development, land acquisition, trails, and planning. For more information or to apply, visit www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us and click on "C2P2" or call 800-326-7734. Application period will open Jan. 22, 2020 and close April 22, 2020. More information about webinars and workshops about the program are available here.
Peer & Circuit Rider Grants
These grant programs fund projects that help municipalities, counties, multi-municipal partnerships, and council of governments to increase local capacity for recreation, parks, and conservation. The Peer program funds projects that, through a collaborative process, focus on a specific need identified by the grantee and its partners. The Circuit Rider program aides in the hiring of a full-time park, recreation or conservation professional whose services are shared by the members of a formal partnership, commission or authority. Grant applications are accepted year-round. Click here for more information.
Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program
The DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Program provides reimbursable grants to organizations to establish riparian forest buffers. Eligible activities include landowner outreach, buffer design, site preparation and buffer installation, plant materials and tree shelters, and short term maintenance (approximately 3 years). Click here for more information. Application period will open Aug. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2019.
Section 904 Municipal Recycling Program Performance Grants
Grant applications must be on forms provided by the Department of Environmental Protection. Grant awards are predicated on the receipt of recycling fees required under sections 701 and 702 of Act 101 and the availability of moneys in the Recycling Fund. For more information, visit www.dep.pa.gov and type in "Recycling Grants". In an effort to reduce costs to the Commonwealth, the Performance Grant application will no longer be printed and mailed to potential applicants. Applications may be obtained from the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (keyword: Recycling Performance Grants). Questions concerning this notice should be directed to Mark Vottero, Bureau of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472 or email@example.com. Application period closes Sept. 30, 2019.
Environmental Education Grants
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses to apply for Environmental Education Grants to support a wide range of enviro-education projects. General grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to larger, one-year, regional or statewide initiatives. Mini-grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to one-year projects of any size. Examples of eligible enviro-education projects include educating participants on climate change adaptation or the impact of emissions on public health, offering training on the DEP permitting process, connecting city residents to nature, and instruction on reducing abandoned mine drainage or non-point-source water pollution from fertilizers. For more information, click here. Application period is expected to open in November 2019.
Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering grant funding for clean, alternative fuel transportation projects in Pennsylvania and investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of domestic alternative fuels that will help the state’s economy and environment. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. For more information or to apply, click here. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019.
Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants - FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure Program Grant
Approximately $1 million in grants will be available to municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to install public-use electric, hydrogen, propane and compressed natural gas refueling infrastructure. The infrastructure must support public vehicles seeking to undertake alternative fuel refueling including, electric vehicle charging, or hydrogen, propane or compressed natural gas refueling. Individual project awards will be capped at $500,000. Program guidelines and application are available on the DEP website at www.dep.pa.gov. Click on ''Citizens,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant''. Questions should be directed to the Energy Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-783-8411. The application period is closed.
Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP)
The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. Projects which involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices (BMPs). For more information, click here. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and May 31 each year.
Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program
This program allocates money for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP). Projects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. Click here for more information. Applications accepted between Feb. 1 and May 31 each year.
Projects authorized by a flood protection authority, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or identified by a local government for flood mitigation are eligible for the program. For more information, click here. Applications accepted between Feb. 1 and May 31 each year.
Funded through the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered by PRPS, the Recreation and Parks Technical Assistance Program (RecTAP) is a statewide technical assistance service designed to help organizations receive expert advice on recreation, park and trail issues. RecTAP matches recreation, park and trail professionals with Pennsylvania municipalities and non-profits to provide advice and assistance on specific issues that can be addressed within a limited amount of time. Grants have a maximum value of $2,500, extenuating circumstances may allow for increased funding. For more information, click here. Applications are accepted year-round.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting applications for projects under the Growing Greener Plus Program. Up to $18 million in grants will be available for eligible projects that restore and protect Pennsylvania watersheds and reclaim and conserve surface mining lands. Examples of eligible projects include streambank fencing, streamside forest buffers, mine land reclamation and reforestation, and other projects designed to reduce non-point sources of water pollution. For more information, click here. Application period is closed.
PA WalkWorks Mini Grants
WalkWorks mini-grants are offered to a limited number of municipalities and/or similar local governing bodies to be used to develop Active Transportation Plans, Complete Streets policies, and/or Vision Zero policies. These plans and policies are essential to our efforts to expand opportunities for physical activity. Click here for more information. The application deadline is closed.
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile Grants
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile projects include the planning, acquisition of land, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction, and development of educational programs related to ATV and/or snowmobile trails and facilities. Only ATV or snowmobile projects should be submitted in this category. Funding comes from the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. There is no match requirement for this funding; however, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration. For more information, click here. Application program closes Sept. 30, 2019.
Sewage Facilities Grant Program
This program, funded through the Commonwealth Finance Authority, provides for costs associated with the planning work required under Act 537 Sewage Facilities Act. For more information, click here. Applications accepted between Feb. 1 and May 31 each year.
Host Municipality Inspector Programs
The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for reimbursements under the Municipal Waste and Hazardous Waste Facility Host Municipality Inspector Programs. Reimbursements are allocated from the Recycling Fund authorized under Act 101 for municipal waste facilities, or from the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund under Act 108 for hazardous waste facilities. Reimbursements are available to any municipality that has a municipal waste landfill, resource recovery facility, or commercial hazardous waste storage, treatment and disposal facility located within its geographic borders. For more information, click here. Application period is closed.
TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership to help restore tree cover in Pennsylvania's metropolitan areas. Both municipalities and non-profit organizations are eligible. For guidelines and an application, click here. Application period is closed.
Transportation/Sidewalks/InfrastructurePennDOT Multimodal Fund
Act 89 established a dedicated Multimodal Transportation Fund to provide financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight, passenger rail, and ports in order to improve transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization. Eligible projects include bus stops, traffic signals, improved signage, access roads, bike lanes, streetscape, lighting, and sidewalk enhancements, and many more. For more information, click here. The application period opens Sept. 9, 2019 and closes Nov. 8, 2019.
CFA Multimodal Fund
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) offers a Multimodal Transportation Fund to provide grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets, and transit-oriented development. For more information, click here. Application period is open March 1 through July 31 each year.
Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancement Grants Program
The intent of this program is to fund worthwhile, relatively low- cost projects that improve the safety and mobility of the traveling public. The kinds of eligible projects vary widely from improvements to traffic signals, to roadway improvements at signalized intersections, to school zones, guiderail, and roadside safety. Improvements recommended by LTAP programs such as the Local Safe Roads Communities and Walkable Communities are also eligible. Multi-municipal submissions ore encouraged and will be given priority. Additional guidance and information can be found on the Department's Traffic Signal Resource Portal here. Application period is closed.
Green Light-Go Traffic Signal Enhancement Program
The Green Light-Go: Pennsylvania’s Municipal Signal Partnership Program (Green Light-Go Program) is designed to improve safety and mobility by reducing congestion and improving efficiency of existing traffic signals on state highways. The Program is comprised of the Local Grant Element (Designated only Corridors funded through Act 89 of 2013) and the PennDOT Project Element (Critical Corridors). Application period expected to open in Fall 2019.
Homeowner Septic Loan Program Expands Eligibility
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has teamed with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to offer this special funding program. Assistance is available to eligible homeowners who need to repair or replace their individual on-lot septic system OR to connect for the first time to a public sewer system. As of Jan. 20, 2016, there are no restrictions placed on household income. More information on the loan program can be found on the PENNVEST website.
Small Water and Sewer Program
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is accepting applications for the Small Water and Sewer Program. Eligible projects include those with a total cost between $30,000 and $500,000 that will construct, improve, expand, repair, or rehabilitate a water supply or sanitary sewer system owned and maintained by a municipality or municipal authority. A 15 percent cash match of the total project cost is required. Click here for more information. Application period is closed.
Historic & Archival Records Care Program
The Historic & Archival Records Care Grant Program provides funding for historical records repositories such as historical societies, libraries, universities, local governments, and school districts for collections care, including surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging, and describing historical records significant to PA. For more information, click here. Application period is closed.
PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund Grant
The PA Housing Finance Agency is accepting applications for projects from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. A wide variety of projects will be funded. These may include, but are not limited to, programs to reduce homelessness; programs to make housing available to people on low and moderate incomes; mortgage or rental assistance programs; and housing counseling and foreclosure assistance programs, among many other possibilities. Click here for more information. Application period is closed.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
Eligible activities include street outreach, shelter, rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention. Application period is closed.
Economic DevelopmentRedevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects. Organizations wishing to apply for grant funds should submit their application electronically at the DCED website. For more information about the RACP program and prior year grantees, click here. Application period is closed.
Community and Local Government Assistance Programs
The state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has compiled a list of the department’s assistance programs to support your efforts to improve your community.
Keystone Communities Program (KCP)
Assists Pennsylvania’s communities in achieving revitalization. The program designates and funds communities that are implementing Main Street, Elm Street, Enterprise Zone efforts or other community development efforts by supporting physical improvements to designated and/or other communities that are undertaking revitalization activities within the community. Also, provides accessible modifications for the homes of persons with physical disabilities.For more information, click here. Designation applications accepted year round.
Keystone Grants for Public Libraries
The PA Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, is accepting applications for the Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities. This application requires a library to partner with a municipality that is served by that library. The grant is a matching grant, with the recipient providing 50 percent or more of the project costs. For more information, click here. Questions can be directed to RA-Keystone@pa.gov. Application period is closed.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
There are two components to this program: an entitlement program which provides annual funding to designated municipalities and a competitive program to all non-federal entitlement communities. Seventy percent of each grant must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Click here for more information.
Emergency ServicesVolunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program
Rural or volunteer fire departments that serve communities with less than 10,000 people can apply for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to prevent, control and suppress fires which threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas.This is a cost-share program. The maximum grant is $7,500 ($15,000 total project) per fire company. Applications must be submitted online at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us. Questions should be directed to 717-787-2925. Application period is closed.
Firewise Hazard Mitigation Assistance
Grants provided under this program are on a 50-50 cost share basis. DCNR has dedicated money to fund mitigation within Firewise Communities through Northeastern Area Hazard Mitigation Federal Assistance Funding. This grant is for Firewise Communities that have had a wildfire hazard assessment and an emergency action plan completed to mitigate wildfire risks in their community or for communities that would like assistance to become a Firewise Community. The maximum grant awarded will be $20,000. Click here to learn more. Application period is closed.
Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program
The Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, volunteer ambulance and rescue companies. Eligible organizations may apply for grant funding for facilities, equipment, debt reduction, and training. For more information, visit the Office of the State Fire Commissioner's website. Application period is expected to open on Sept. 4, 2019 and close on Oct. 19, 2019.
Keystone Historic Preservation Project Grants
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is accepting applications for Keystone Historic Preservation Grants. A 50/50 match is required. For more information, contact Karen Arnold at email@example.com or 717-783-9927. Applicants are required to use the web-based electronic grant application process (eGrant). For grant program guidelines and eGrant application instructions, visit PHMC at www.phmc.pa.gov and click on “Grants and Funding” under the PRESERVATION tab on the top Navigation Bar. Application period closes March 2, 2020.
Certified Local Government Grant Program
PHMC offers a grant program to Certified Local Governments. PHMC is requiring all prospective grantees to consult with the Community Preservation Coordinator for their region PRIOR to submitting a CLG grant application. Eligible activities include public education and training, planning, shared services, design guidelines, and reuse studies. A 50-50 match is required. Click here for more information and for how to apply. Application period is closed.
Marketing to Attract Tourists Program
The Marketing to Attract Tourists Program, through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, provides funding to support and develop programs to support international tourism, sports marketing, outdoor recreation, and cultural attractions. Non-profit organizations with a significant interest in the development of tourism products that provide a visitor experience to a tourist region, destination and attractions are eligible to apply. Funds may be used to support events related to the above programs, and the development of marketing, advertising, and public relations campaigns. A primary goal of the program is to promote overnight stays. For more information, click here. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.