DEP Grants Center
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
Applications for the Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) will be accepted beginning Jan. 23. 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, 2019 through April 10, 2019.
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.
State and Regional Partnerships Grant Program
Partnerships projects are collaborative statewide or regional initiatives that help build local, county, regional and statewide capacity to better develop and manage recreation and park facilities and to promote the conservation of natural and heritage resources through plan implementation, education and training. Click here for more information. Application period will open Jan. 22, 2019 through April 10, 2019.
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 Jan. 22, 2019 through April 10, 2019.
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. 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. For any questions regarding the Performance Grant Program, please contact Mark Vottero at 717-787-7382 or email@example.com. Application period closes at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2018.
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. Application periods close on 4 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018.
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.
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 landsExamples 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.
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.
A Guide to Funding Opportunities: Conservation, Recreation and Preservation - Compiled by the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition.
PennDOT 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. Application period is closed.
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. The online application is available 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). Municipal applications for the Green Light-Go Program require a 20 percent match using municipal or private funds. For more information or to apply, go to www.penndot.gov and choose “Travel in PA” and then “Traffic Signals, Management.” Questions should be directed to Daniel Farley, Manager, Traffic Operations Deployment and Maintenance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 783-0333.
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.
Redevelopment 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.
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.
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 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. The grant application is available online in September of each year the week following Labor Day.
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 is closed.
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.
PLCB Grants to Combat Underage Drinking
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board offers grants to help reduce and eliminate underage and dangerous use of alcohol. The maximum award is $40,000 for the two years, with a maximum of $20,000 per year. Only one grant application per college, university, municipality, school, or community organization throughout the Commonwealth may be submitted. The grant application is available here. For additional information call 717-772-1432 or email RA-LBAEGRANT@pa.gov. Applications for the 2019-2021 grant cycle will be accepted in early 2019.