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State Grant Opportunities

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Section 904 Municipal Recycling Program Performance Grants. Grant applications must be on forms provided by the Department of Environmental Protection for calendar year 2014.  Applications received by the department after the deadline will be returned to the applicant. 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. Grant applications must be delivered by 4 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 30 or postmarked on or before this date.

State Clean Diesel Program - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program. School districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, state agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in Pennsylvania that operate diesel fleets are eligible to apply. Application deadline is March 31.

Growing Greener Grants -  Watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects, the agency announced today. Local governments, non-profits, schools, municipal authorities and watershed associations are eligible to apply. Application period is closed.

Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program - For the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

Environmental Education Grants - (Keyword EE Grants) Funding environmental education projects that address: Watersheds, Air Quality, Brownfields, Energy Education, Environmental Literacy, and STEM Education.

Treevitalize - Tree planting

Water Resources Education Network (WREN) - Watershed education and source water protection.  For 2015, WREN will offer two different funding tracks: the Watershed Protection Education track (awards up to $5,000)
and the Source Water Protection Education track (awards of up to $8,000).  Applications due March 20, 2015.

Watershed Protection and Restoration Grants - (Keyword: Growing Greener) For the upcoming grant round, the Department will invest in projects that will ultimately protect or restore, or both, the Commonwealth's watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution. Application period is closed.

DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants  Application deadline is April 16, 2015.

Reimbursement for DEP Certified Host Municipality Inspectors under Act 101 (Section 1102), the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 and Act 108 (Section 304), the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act of 1988. (Keyword: Host Municipality Inspector) Application period is closed.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Grants (Keyword: AFIG)  Grant funds are available for the conversion or purchase of natural gas vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.

A Guide to Funding Opportunities: Conservation, Recreation and Preservation - Compiled by the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition.

Clean Diesel Grant Program - (Keyword: Clean Diesel) For diesel emission reduction projects. Application period is closed.


Multimodal Fund (PennDOT) - PennDOT has $40 million in grants for fiscal year 2015-16 available for successful applicants, $35 million of which must be put toward highway and/or bridge projects. Applicants who previously submitted for fiscal year 2014-15 funds do not need to re-submit for fiscal year 2015-16 as their applications will be automatically considered if not selected for fiscal year 2014-15 funding. Application period is closed.

Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancement Grants Program (ARLE) -  For more information, click here. Application Period: June 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015.

PennDOT Multimodal Fund - Application period is closed.

Safe Routes to School - Promote, educate and encourage walking and biking to school.

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).  Municipal applications for the Green Light-Go Program require a 50% match using municipal or private funds. Application period closes Feb. 27, 2015.

Economic Development

Emergency Solutions Grant Program - Eligible activities include street outreach, shelter, rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention. 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.

Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) - These programs will provide grants for transportation improvements, greenways, trails and parks, small water and sewer projects, and a variety of other environmental improvement projects. Deadlines and guidelines for these programs are also on the website. Deadlines vary by programs.

Emergency Services

Regional Police Support Grant - Offered through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The grant serves to help with the creation of regional police departments. Decisions will be made at the June 2015 PCCD meeting. Application deadline is March 13, 2015.

DCNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants - Grants to guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas or for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Thurs., May 21.

Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program       
The Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (FCVASGP) 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 or click here. Application period is closed.

Historic Preservation

Keystone Historic Preservation Grants - Funds small construction projects for publicly accessible historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The application deadline is March 2, 2015.