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Throughout Pennsylvania, there are numerous grant programs & resources available that can assist individuals, governments and organizations in meeting their goals. I am providing you with the information below with the intent to help you begin your search to resources that may be available.

Please feel free to contact one of my offices for assistance with any of the grants below or any state-related issue.

Community Conservation Partnership Program

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesThe Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) through DCNR is accepting online applications until 4 p.m. on April 22, 2020.  Grants can be submitted for Parks, Recreation and Conservation projects such as:

  • Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks
  • Recreation areas
  • Motorized and non-motorized trails
  • River conservation and access
  • Conservation of open space

Eligible applicants for Community Conservation Partnerships Program funding include:

  • Counties
  • Municipalities
  • Municipal agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • State Heritage Areas
  • Prequalified land trusts
  • For-profit enterprises (for some grant types)

*Most programs require a minimum cash or noncash matching contribution from the applicant that is equal to 50 percent of the project cost.  

For additional information: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/communities/grants/Pages/default.aspx

Department of Community & Economic Development Grants – Open Applications

DCEDAct 13 Programs through DCED are now accepting applications until May 31, 2020.

These programs are funded through the Marcellus Legacy Fund and are awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

All program information can be accessed through this link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/act-13-programs/

Multimodal Transportation Fund

PennDOTMultimodal Transportation Fund (DCED) provides grants to encourage economic development and ensures that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of this commonwealth. 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.

Learn more: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/multimodal-transportation-fund/

Business in Our Sites Program

DCED has opened up a window for applications to the Business in Our Sites Program. This is a very competitive and useful program which empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites.

All site development activities that are required to make a site shovel-ready. This program is for speculative projects only. Funds cannot be used for projects that are primarily residential or recreational. Sites must be previously utilized property or undeveloped property that is planned and zoned for development.

Eligibility:

  • Municipalities
  • Municipal authorities
  • Redevelopment authorities
  • Industrial development agencies
  • Private developers

No maximum or minimum loan amount. However, the amount of the grant may not exceed $4,000,000 or 40% of the total combined grant and loan award, whichever is less. Private developers are only eligible for loans.

Program info: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/business-in-our-sites-grants-and-loans-bos/
Program Guidelines: https://dced.pa.gov/download/business-sites-guidelines/?wpdmdl=67429

Looking Ahead

DCED has opened up a window for applications to the Business in Our Sites Program. This is a very competitive and useful program which empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites.

All site development activities that are required to make a site shovel-ready. This program is for speculative projects only. Funds cannot be used for projects that are primarily residential or recreational. Sites must be previously utilized property or undeveloped property that is planned and zoned for development.

2020 AARP Community Challenge is On!

AARP Community ChallengeHow fun does this sound? The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more.

Although communities that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities are encouraged to apply, projects that benefit any community and satisfy all other criteria are eligible for consideration.

AARP Community Challenge grants can be used to support the following types of projects:

  • Permanent physical improvements in the community
  • Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
  • New, innovative programming or services

These project types will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events.

No project is too big or too small…!

Grants can range from several hundred dollars for smaller, short-term activities to several thousand or tens of thousands of dollars for larger projects. APPLY TODAY (applications are due by 11:59pm April 1, 2020)

Stop Underage DrinkingGrants for Reducing Underage and Dangerous Drinking

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is NOW accepting applications for grants to fund programs that discourage and reduce underage drinking and dangerous drinking. 
Since inception of the grants program in 1999, the PLCB has awarded nearly $15 million in alcohol education grants to fund programs that focus on proven strategies to discourage and reduce both underage and dangerous drinking. Grants are awarded to schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit institutions, and grant-funded initiatives have included increased police patrols, social norms campaigns, "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most" campaigns, college alcohol assessment surveys, online alcohol education programs, peer training, and more.

Alcohol Awareness for Student Leaders

Our Alcohol Awareness for Student Leaders Training (formerly the Resident Assistant Training Program) arms student leaders with information on how to guide their peers to make informed, smarter decisions about alcohol and reduce underage and dangerous drinking. Designed for college and university students, the two-hour training session addresses issues including:     

  • Adolescent brain development and its role in decision-making and impulse control
  • Criminal, academic, social, health and safety consequences of underage and high-risk drinking
  • The alcohol content of different drinks and how many drinks it takes, on average, to reach different blood alcohol content levels
  • Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning
  • Pennsylvania’s medical amnesty law and the legal protections it offers anyone under 21 who was drinking but contacts authorities to seek medical attention for someone in danger of suffering alcohol poisoning.

Pennsylvania colleges and universities interested in learning more about Alcohol Awareness for Student Leaders Training or scheduling a training session are encouraged to contact the PLCB Bureau of Alcohol Education.     

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