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Private Grant Opportunities

Please note that you are on the PRIVATE 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.

Skateboard Parks - The Tony Hawk Foundation funds skateboard parks in low-income communities. Application period is closed.

Illegal Dump Free PA Surveillance Camera Loan Program Grant
This program is designed to provide surveillance cameras to municipalities to help capture evidence, at active illegal dump sites. Keep PA Beautiful will loan three high-quality surveillance cameras and provide training and assistance to applicants. Recipients will work with law enforcement to reduce illegal dumping through public education and enforcement. Click here for more information. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Fresh Paint Days - Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania is a program designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint and a lot of elbow grease.  This annual event is held in partnership with support from Glidden Professional and The Home Depot. Applications due July 31.

PeopleForBikes Grant Program - PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges, mountain bike facilities, bike parks and pump tracks, BMX facilities, end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, and bike storage. There are TWO grant rounds each year. For more information, visit An initial online letter of interest is due July 29, 2016.
Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant Program
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) funds the Coldwater Conservation Grants Program. The program provides two grant opportunities, which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems. Funding is available through CHP's planning grants and implementation grants. For more information, visit Application period is closed.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. The deadline is July 25, 2016.

Safe Places to Play Grants - U.S. Soccer Foundation - The Safe Places to Play grants are available to nonprofit organizations working to build or enhance a field space that enables children in underserved communities to stay active, healthy, and safe. The Safe Places to Play Grants provide funding in four categories for indoor and outdoor field projects: synthetic turf, lighting, irrigation, and sport court. Applicants must own or have a minimum 10-year land lease or land use agreement for the land where the existing field is located or will be built. Applicants must have written authorization from the community if lighting will be used on the project. A 50 percent match is required. There is one more deadline this year. It is Oct 7, 2016.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund - The Baseball Tomorrow Fund provides grants through contributions from Major League Baseball and its corporate partners for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs. Applicable projects include financing new programs, expanding or improving existing programs, undertaking a new collaborative effort, or obtaining facilities or equipment. Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball or softball programs and facilities are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis with application deadlines being Jan. 1, April 1, July 1, and Oct. 1.
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.

Scotts Miracle-Gro: GRO1000 Grassroots Grants - Development of gardens and green spaces. To apply click here. Application period is closed. Details for 2017 are expected to be announced at the end of 2016.

MetLife Foundation: Community-Police Partnership AwardsApplication period is closed.

PECO Green Region Program - Any township, borough, city, or regional recreational authority within PECO’s five-county service territory (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties). Application period is closed.

25 in 25 Grant Program
Keep PA Beautiful will award 25 grants in 25 days to local affiliates and other tax-exempt groups across the state. he grants provide up to $1,000 for community improvement projects in three focus areas of Prevent It, Clean It, or Keep It and will be announced daily on Facebook and Twitter from September 1, 2016 through September 25, 2016. The selected projects will be representative of all the different ways we can individually and collectively improve our communities including planting natives, restoring habitats, restoring our parks, cleaning up our rivers and communities, providing recycling opportunities at special events and so many more. Click here to learn more. The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2016.

Park Recycling Grants
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has announced the 2016 Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant program in partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Local governments, non-profit organizations, and other community groups are eligible to receive recycling bins to collect cans and bottles. For those communities selected to receive a grant, KAB will arrange to have the bins delivered. The grants are intended to help communities increase access to recycling in a range of "on-the-go" settings, including neighborhood parks, waterfronts, athletic fields, rec facilities, and nature trails. Click here to learn more or to apply online. Application period is closed.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants
Your borough can work with community groups on projects. Grants, up to $5,000, are available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Ideas include veterans services, libraries, repairs to schools, community gardens, and more. Click here for more information. Application period is open.

PA K9 Assistance Foundation
The Foundation can provide K9 teams with necessary training and safety equipment such as K9 bullet proof vests and tracking harnesses that will aid and protect them in the performance of their jobs. You can learn more at Requests considered on an ongoing basis.
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation
The Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback's Foundation supports police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on support for K9 units and service dogs. Visit for more information. Note that this is a paperless process.