State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: July 22 Update

PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant  (Funding Source: General Fund)

Who May ApplySchool districts, municipal authorities, municipalities, nonprofits, private businesses.

UsePurchase or retrofit vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase and install refueling equipment, and research or develop new technologies.

Funds: Infrastructure and innovative technology project grants up to $600,000. Vehicle grants up to $100,000 per vehicle, depending upon class of vehicle.

Application Deadline: August 27; a second application round will close December 17

More Information: Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May Apply:  State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders.

UseProjects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops.

Funds: Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the intended project.

Application Deadline: Concept proposals due July 30

More Information: Click on Specialty Crops Grant Program (pa.gov).

 

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Section 5310 Private Nonprofit (PNP) Vehicle Grant Program  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May Apply: Private nonprofit organizations and designated public bodies.

Use: To purchase new wheelchair accessible small transit vehicles used to provide transportation services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities who cannot be reasonably accommodated by existing transportation providers.

Funds: Federal capital assistance to pay up to 80% of the purchase cost.

Application DeadlineAugust 2

More Information: Click on https://www.penndot.gov/Doing-Business/Transit/InformationandReports/Documents/5310%20Resources/5310%20PNP%20Applicant%20Instructions%202021%20Revised%206.3.2021.pdf.

 

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Evidence-Based Programs (EBPs) Support for Substance Misuse Prevention  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May ApplyPennsylvania Intermediate Units (IUs), Nonprofit organizations, Single County Authorities (SCAs), and Approved Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Programs.

Use: Funding will support collaborative planning, capacity building, and implementation of new school-based prevention programs focused on youth in grades 6 through 12. The only eligible programs under this funding announcement are LifeSkills Training, Positive Action, and Project Towards No Drug Abuse.

Funds: PCCD expects to fund ten grants with budgets not to exceed $100,000 over the 1-year project period with a start date of October 1, 2021.

Application DeadlineAugust 3

More Information: Click on https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx and choose “EBP Support for Substance Misuse Prevention.”

 

Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Product Promotion, Education, and Export Promotion Matching Grant  (Funding Source: General Fund)

Who May Apply: Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations.

Uses: To promote agricultural products, educate consumers, and grow export markets. This round will prioritize eligible projects that support the industry's recovery as it navigates and emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as projects that improve food security in the Commonwealth, including projects that improve access to nutritious food, decrease food waste in schools and other settings, and that leverage Federal, community and State resources through public-private partnerships.

Funds: Reimbursement matching grants. The department intends to make up to $303,000 available for grants under the program.

Application Deadline: August 6

More Information: Can be found in the July 3, 2021 PA Bulletin notice at http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol51/51-27/1045.html.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Keystone Communities   (Funding Source: General Fund)

Who May Apply: Municipalities, counties, redevelopment authorities, housing authorities, economic development organizations, housing corporations, community development corporations, business improvement districts, neighborhood improvement districts, downtown improvement districts.

Use: To revitalize/stabilize/grow neighborhoods and communities and encourage social and economic diversity, including planning activities, façade grant programs, accessible housing programs, and development grants.

Funds: Planning grants up to $25,000, KC implementation and façade up to $50,000, development and public improvement up to $500,000, accessible housing up to $300,000.  Most grants have a $1-for-$1 match requirement.

Application Deadline: August 31

More Information: Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/keystone-communities-program-kcp/.  Discussion with DCED Regional Office highly encouraged prior to applying: https://dced.pa.gov/dced-regional-offices/.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program  (Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement)

Who May Apply: Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities.

Use: Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings.

Funds: Maximum rebates of $4,000 per plug for full public access and networked charging projects, $3,500 per plug for multi-unit dwelling projects and $3,000 per plug for all other eligible projects, including workplace charging.

Application DeadlineFirst come, first-serve.

More Information: Click on https://gis.dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward/.

 

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program 2022-2024 Competitive  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May ApplyCounty governments and non-profit victim service agencies. Applicants are not required to have a prior funding history with PCCD to be eligible.

Use: To support cross-system, collaborative efforts to respond to victims of violence against women crimes as outlined in Pennsylvania’s FFY2022-2025 STOP Implementation Plan. Eligible expenses include personnel costs, supplies, equipment, and training.

Funds: PCCD expects to fund up to 32 grants with budgets not to exceed $375,000 over a three-year project period.

Application DeadlineAugust 3

More Information: Click on https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx and choose “STOP Formula Grant 2022-2024 Competitive.”

 

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: 2021 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinators  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May Apply: Any private non-profit agency, public agency, or unit of local government. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply jointly with a unit of local government, but will not be required to do so.

Use: To support local jurisdictions in their efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system through the hiring of a full time Racial and Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) Coordinator, whose responsibilities will be to organize the community’s efforts, bring together all necessary stakeholders, and help to recommend and implement the local effort to reduce disparity.

Funds: Up to $150,000 for a two-year grant. There is no cash or in-kind match requirement.

Application DeadlineAugust 30

More Information: Click on https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx and choose “2021 Support for R/ED Coordinators.”

Federal Communications Commission: Emergency Connectivity Fund  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May ApplySchools, libraries, and consortia of schools and libraries (e.g., regional or statewide groups of schools or libraries that apply together) that are eligible for support under the FCC's E-Rate Program.

Use: Eligible equipment includes Wi-Fi hotspots, modems (including air cards), routers, devices that combine a modem and router, and connected devices (laptop and tablet computers). Schools and libraries can also receive funding for commercially available broadband service that provides a fixed or mobile broadband connection for off-campus use by students, school staff or library patrons. In limited instances, a school or library that can demonstrate it has no available service options sufficient to support remote learning may seek funding for the construction of new networks to provide remote learning and the equipment needed for datacasting services.

Funds: See guidelines.

Application Deadline: August 13

More Information: Click on https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.

 

American Library Association: Libraries Transforming Communities - Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Program  

Who May Apply: Libraries serving small communities (legal service area population of 25,000 or less) and/or rural communities (those that are more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area). Applicants must have an institutional or personal membership with either the American Library Association or the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

Use: To develop a community engagement project.

Funds: Up to $3,000 to support costs related to a community engagement project, professional development, and technical assistance.

Application Deadline: September 16

More Information: Click on https://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/focusgrants.

 

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program  (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund)          

Who May Apply: Historical societies, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, school districts.

Use: Surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging and describing historical records relevant to Pennsylvania. Funding may also be requested for reformatting or the purchase of supplies and equipment.

Funds: Collaborative grants up to $15,000.  Single entity grants up to $5,000. No match required.

Application DeadlineAugust 2

More Information: Click on https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Records-Care-Grants.aspx.

 

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: 2021-22 PA Academic and Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Competitive Funding  (Funding Source: General Fund)

Who May Apply: Privately operated residential facilities, community-based providers, and juvenile probation offices that are not currently PACTT Affiliates.

Use: To develop programs in the following PACTT service areas that adhere to PACTT Standards in order to gain affiliate status: core programming; academic instruction; work related services; and job skills training.

Funds: Grants of up to $20,000. No match required.

Application Deadline:  July 23

More Information: Click on https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/default.aspx and choose “2021-22 PACTT Competitive Funding Announcement.”

 

OTHER PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS:

Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform/United Way of PA: Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project (LIVE PA)  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May Apply: Municipal entities, community-based organizations, and local vaccine-certified health providers. The pilot phase will target the following zip codes: Allentown - 18102, 18101, 18105; Chester – 19013; Reading - 19601, 19602; Harrisburg - 17110, 17103; Erie - 16503, 16501, 16507; Braddock – 15104; McKeesport – 15134; Pittsburgh - 15219, 15208, 15282, 15264; Johnstown – 15907; and Lancaster - 17602, 17603.  After the pilot phase, the program will grow to cover the entire state.

Use: To host and promote vaccination events. Additional vaccines may also be requested.

Funds: Mini-grants that will range from $200 to $20,000 per vaccination event (with a reimbursement rate of $10 per shot achieved). 

Application Deadline: None provided.

More Information: Click on https://www.uwp.org/programs/live-grant/ or contact your local United Way chapter.

Commonwealth Financing Authority: Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program  (Funding Source: General Fund)

Who May ApplyAny nongovernmental entity with the technical, managerial, and financial expertise to design, build and operate a high-speed broadband service infrastructure within Pennsylvania.

Use: Acquisition, construction, equipment, and site preparation costs associated with the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure to unserved areas, which are geographic areas in which households or businesses do not have access to at least 25 megabits per second downstream speeds and 3 megabits per second upstream speeds.

Funds: Grants up to $1 million or 75% of the total project costs, whichever is less. Applicant must commit its own private capital to fund at least 25% of the total project cost. Funding from other federal, state or local government grants or other subsidies can be used to finance the project but will not be considered to be part of the private capital requirement.

Application Deadline: September 24

More Information: Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/unserved-high-speed-broadband-funding-program-uhsb/.

Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries: Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities  (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund)

Who May Apply: Local public libraries (state-aided). Must partner with a sponsoring municipality.

Use: To plan, acquire, construct, or rehabilitate public library facilities including, but not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction. 

Funds: Funding limits not yet announced. Grants require a dollar-for-dollar match; match may include cash, in-kind contributions, federal funds, and other state funds.

Letter of InterestAs soon as possible. Letters of interest are currently being accepted in anticipation of opening an application round this summer. The dates of the next application round are still being finalized.

More Information: Click on https://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/libraries/subsidies-and-grants/pages/keystone-recreation-park-and-conservation-funds.aspx.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Section 902 Recycling Implementation Grant  (Funding Source: Recycling Fund)

Who May Apply: Counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, townships, home rule municipalities, councils of governments, consortiums or similar entities established by two or more municipalities.

Use: To fund costs associated with developing and implementing a recycling program.

Funds: 90% funding of approved recycling program costs, up to $350,000. Financially distressed communities may receive up to 100% funding of approved costs, not to exceed $350,000.

Application Deadline: September 24 at 5 p.m. Pre-application conferences with DEP Regional Planning and Recycling Coordinators are required.

More Information: Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/default.aspx and see “Act 101, Section 902.”

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Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program  (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund)          

Who May Apply: Historical societies, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, school districts.

Use: Surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging and describing historical records relevant to Pennsylvania. Funding may also be requested for reformatting or the purchase of supplies and equipment.

Funds: Collaborative grants up to $15,000 for a two-year project.  Single entity grants up to $5,000 for a two-year project. No match required.

Application DeadlineAugust 1

More Information: Click on https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Records-Care-Grants.aspx.

 

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Boating Infrastructure Grant Program   (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

Who May Apply: Public and private operators of open-to-the-public boating facilities, including municipal agencies (cities, towns, counties, etc.), state agencies (State Parks, DNR, Fish & Wildlife, etc.), and other government entities.

Use: The construction, renovation and maintenance of transient moorage (tie-up) facilities serving recreational motorboats 26 feet and longer. Transient means staying 10 days or less.

Funds: There are two tiers of grant support. Tier 1 provides funding for small-scale projects. Up to $100,000 is available annually to each state. Tier 2 is for projects that request more than $100,000. Tier 2 projects compete nationally in a process managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Project sponsors must provide at least 25 percent of the resources needed to complete the project.

Application Deadline: July 31

More Informationhttps://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/BoatingInfrastructureGrantProgram.aspx.

 

Commonwealth Financing Authority: Multimodal Transportation Fund  (Funding Source: Multimodal Transportation Fund)          

Who May Apply: Municipalities, school districts, private businesses, nonprofits, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, railroad operators, port terminal operators.

Use: Development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities; streetscape; lighting; sidewalk enhancement; pedestrian safety; connectivity of transportation assets; and transit-oriented development.

Funds: Grants are available for projects with a total cost of $100,000 or more.  Grants shall not exceed $3,000,000 for any project.

Application DeadlineJuly 31

More Information: Click on http://dced.pa.gov/programs/multimodal-transportation-fund/#.WJDKm3kzW70.

 

PA Humanities Council/Community Heart and Soul: Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program

Who May Apply: Resident-led groups in small cities and towns with populations of 2,500 to 30,000.

Use: Startup funding to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Community Heart & Soul engages the entire population of a town to identify what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.

Funds: Seed grants of $10,000.  Requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.

Application Deadline: Award determinations are made on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded.

More Information: Click on https://www.communityheartandsoul.org/seed-grants/.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Who May Apply:  Live venue operators or promoters; theatrical producers; live performing arts organization operators; museum operators; motion picture theater operators (including owners); talent representatives.  Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020.

Use: Payroll costs; rent payments; utility payments; scheduled mortgage payments; scheduled debt payments; worker protection expenditures; payments to independent contractors; administrative costs (including fees and licensing); state and local taxes and fees; operating leases in effect as of February 15, 2020; insurance payments; advertising, production transportation, and capital expenditures related to producing a theatrical or live performing arts production. (May not be primary use of funds).

Funds: For an eligible entity in operation on January 1, 2019, grants will be for an amount equal to 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue OR $10 million, whichever is less. For an eligible entity that began operation after January 1, 2019, grants will be for the average monthly gross earned revenue for each full month in operation during 2019 multiplied by six (6) OR $10 million, whichever is less. Venues or promoters who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount.

Application Deadline: Until funds are expended.

More Information: Click on https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grants  (Funding Source: General Fund)

Who May Apply: Farmers and prospective farmers.

Use: Professional services to assist with business planning, efficient transitions of farm ownership, strategic farm expansion, product diversification, and financial and technical expertise in order to enhance the long-term vitality of PA farms.

Funds: Reimbursement grants up to $7,500. Grants are limited to 75% of the total project cost. Up to $1 million is available statewide.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

More Information: Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/Farm-Vitality-Planning-Program.aspx.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: 2020 Recycling Performance Grants  (Funding Source: Recycling Fund)

Who May Apply: Any municipality with a recycling program in 2020.

Use: Municipal recycling programs.

Funds: Grants awarded based on total tons recycled and the applicant's recycling rate.

Application DeadlineDecember 30

More Information: Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/Recycling-Performance-Grants.aspx