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Grant Opportunities

We realize it is sometimes not easy to find funding to pay for important projects in your borough. PSAB is pleased to provide a listing of grant opportunities that may help with economic development, environmental, emergency services and other projects in your communities.

For questions on where to look for grants, contact Ron Grutza, Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at 717-236-9526, Ext. 1044 or by email at

*Grants will be updated and added as PSAB learns of opportunities.* Please check back often.

PSAB will be hosting two grant workshops on Writing Effective Grant Proposals on May 28 in Allegheny County and May 29 in Dauphin County. Click here to register!

Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants
- Grant funds awarded to eligible entities to provide research, training and technical assistance to communities facing brownfields cleanup and revitalization challenges. Application period is closed.

A Technology Grants Guide for Local Governments
This guide, sponsored by CDW•G, provides a list of grants available to local government entities, along with additional information and details on how prospective applicants can obtain more detail and maximize their chances of being awarded a particular grant. Many of the grants emphasize research and investment into new information technologies and other technological innovations.

PennDOT Multimodal Fund - Application period closes June 30.

Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) - The CFA approved guidelines for nine grant programs and will begin accepting applications on March 21, 2014. 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 through July 2014.

Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program - The purpose of the RAED Grant Program is to develop community partnershps to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide defibrillator and basic life support training, and place the AEDs in rural communities with local organizations. Deadline is April 30, 2014.

NPS Chesapeake Bay Financial Assistance Awards - Public water access site development projects that advance the development of designated Gateways water trails, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and/or the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail are the funding priority for fiscal year 2014. Application period is closed.

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. Deadline is May 22, 2014.

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.

The Environmental Grant Program - Sponsored through PA American Water, this program must show that a project will improve, protect or restore the watershed or source water; be located within the Pennsylvania American Water service area and be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program. Application period is closed.

Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Boroughs may begin applying for the TIGER grants on April 3 and must submit final applications by April 28, 2014. Applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability and environmental sustainability.

PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency Justice Assistance Grants - Application period is closed.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Grants (Keyword: AFIG) Deadline is May 30. 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.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Safety and Prevention Grants - Application period CLOSED.

DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants - Grant Workshops Scheduled. Application period is closed.

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.

The Coca Cola Foundation Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program - Application period is now closed.

Funds to Address Violence Against Women - The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program provides support to encourage governments and courts to treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system and community-based victim service organizations. Application period is now closed.

Pennsylvania Recycling Technical Assistance Grant Program is Open

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Disaster preparedness, firefighters and emergency services, and planning and preparedness.

Keep America Beautiful - Environmental, illegal dumping, litter and recylcing

Treevitalize - Tree planting

Water Resources Education Network (WREN) - Watershed education and source water protection. (Application period is now closed.)

MetLife Foundation: Community-Police Partnership Awards - Preliminary application deadline is closed.

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

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grants - Provides grants for bulletproof vests for local law enforcement agencies. Application deadline is May 13, 2014.

PennDOT Automatic Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Grants - Funds a wide variety of road safety and mobility projects.

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.

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.

Scotts Miracle-Gro: GRO1000 Grassroots Grants - Development of gardens and green spaces. Application period is closed.