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State Grant Opportunities

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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. Opens Aug. 1. Application period closes Sept. 15, 2016.

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. Opens Aug. 1. Grant period closes Sept. 15, 2016.
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.

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants
The application period will open on February 20, 2016 and remain open throughout 2016. DEP will collect and review applications received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016; 4 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016; and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016. 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 deadline for this round is Aug. 26, 2016.

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

Treevitalize - TreeVitalize – a public-private partnership to help restore tree cover in Pennsylvania's metropolitan areas – is accepting applications for grants for 2017. Both municipalities and non-profit organizations are eligible.  For guidelines and an application, visit Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2016.

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). 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 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

Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) -
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.

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.
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 closed.
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. The next round is anticipated to open on March 7, 2017.

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 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.
Grant applications will be available on the Commissioner's web site no later than September 7, 2016. Application deadline is Fri., Oct. 21. All applications must be submitted online.

Public Safety

The PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) awards 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 period is closed.

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.

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.