RACP Application Window is Now Open
Today, the Governor’s Budget Office opened the application window for the 2020 Round 1 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The application window will remain open until Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
As a reminder, RACP is a two-step application process. The first step is to be authorized in a Capital Budget Itemization Act, like the one that was just enacted on July 1 (SB905). Only projects that have been authorized in the most recent Capital Budget Itemization Act or in any other Capital Budget Itemization Act from the past 10 years may apply for RACP funding. A list of projects for which an application may be submitted can be found here: Itemized Project Eligible for Funding (Excel).
The second step in the process is to apply to the Governor’s Office of Budget when an application window opens, like the one that opened today. If an entity applied to the RACP program in the past, the entity must still submit a new application in order to be eligible for this round. Applications do not rollover to future rounds. After the Office of Budget reviews the applications, the governor will make the final determination of which projects will receive RACP funds. Please note that RACP is a highly competitive grant program. Inclusion in a Capital Budget Itemization Act does not guarantee the project will be funded, nor at the amount requested. All projects must go through this competitive application process.
To apply during the current application window, candidates must submit an electronic application (e-RACP Application). The application and detailed application instructions can be found here: www.racp.pa.gov. The e-RACP Application has changed slightly, so applicants are encouraged to reference the step-by-step instructions for completing the online submission process. It is important for prospective candidates to recognize that the submission of an e-RACP Application requires a non-refundable fee of $500 payable at the time of submission by credit card. No e-RACP Application can be submitted without payment. At this time, checks are no longer accepted as payment.
Prior to application, candidates are highly encouraged to review all program guidelines, requirements, procedures, and FAQs included on the website. Candidates selected for RACP funding will be notified of their grant award via grant award letter and will be given instructions on the next steps in the process, including preparation of a formal Application and Business Plan if they are selected to receive funding.
If you are seeking a letter of support for your RACP application, please contact my office between August 12 and 19 after submitting your application. We can be reached at (717) 848-9595 or reach out through our contact form here.