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State Grant Opportunities

Please note that you are on the STATE grants page. The grants listed below are by category. You can search these by hitting "Control" and "F" on your keyboard and entering a search word or phrase.


DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants
These grants, available through DCNR, are funded through a variety of sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program, and Land and Water Conservation Fund. For more information or to apply, visit For more information, call 800-326-7734. Application period is closed.
Act 101, Section 902, Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants - The grants reimburse counties and municipalities 90 percent of eligible recycling program development and implementation expenses. Pre-application conferences with Regional Recycling Program Contacts are required. Application period is closed.

Section 904 Municipal Recycling Program Performance Grants. Grant applications must be on forms provided by the Department of Environmental Protection. 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.Application period is closed.

Growing Greener Grants -  Local governments, non-profits, schools, municipal authorities and watershed associations are eligible to apply. Application period is closed.

Treevitalize - Tree planting. Application process not open.

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


PennDOT Funding Brochure

Multimodal Fund (DCED/CFA) - 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. Applications due July 31, 2016.

Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancement Grants Program (ARLE). Application period is closed, but expected to open in June 2016.

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 percent match using municipal or private funds. Application period is closed.

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.

Economic Development

Emergency Solutions Grant Program- Eligible activities include street outreach, shelter, rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention. Applications deadline is June 17, 2016.

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.
Water-Related & Recreation Grants Through CFA
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) will be accepting the next round of applications for grants funded by Act 13 for watershed restoration, abandoned mine drainage abatement, baseline water quality data, orphan or abandoned well plugging, sewage facilities and flood mitigation programs starting March 1. Projects will be considered at the September 2016 CFA meeting.  For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline is June 30, 2016.
Alternative, Clean Energy Grants Through CFA
The program funds activities to promote the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquified natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state. For more information, click here. Eligible applicants are encouraged to call 717-787-6245 to discuss potential projects. Application period is closed.

Emergency Services
Volunteer 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 isto 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 Questions should be directed to 717-787-2925. Application period is closed.

Firewise Hazard Mitigation Assitance

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 but is expected to open at the end of 2016.

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.

Public Safety
The PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is awarding 25 to 30 grants through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program. Funds are being made available to support PCCD's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. For more information, click here. Application deadline is June 24, 2016.

Historic Preservation

Keystone Historic Preservation 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 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 and click on “Grants and Funding” under the PRESERVATION tab on the top Navigation Bar. Application period is closed.