State Grant Programs Open For Application

Funding Opportunities

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Regional Policing Assistance Program

Who May Apply: Applicants for the Regional Policing Assistance Program may be any municipality – a city, borough, township, home-rule municipality, or county. Applicants may also be a public or quasi-public body, or its representative, duly authorized to act on behalf of one or more municipalities. All applications must be accompanied by fully executed Articles of Agreement or an Intergovernmental Agreement that establishes a Regional Police Department.

Use: Funding will support efforts in establishing or expanding regional police departments that would improve the following: uniformity and consistency of enforcement across municipalities; recruitment; distribution and deployment of police personnel; training and personnel efficiency; career enhancement opportunities; enhanced professionalism; and reduction of costs.
Funds: A total of approximately $1,000,000 in federal funds is being announced to support this initiative. Applicants may apply for up to $150,000 for the formation of a new regional police department or up to $50,000 for the expansion of an existing regional police department by adding a chartered municipality(ies).

Application Deadline: September 6, 2023

More information: PCCD Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Legal Standing Video Project

Who May Apply: Eligibility of these funds is open to any potential applicant who can produce this video.

Use: The goal and objective of the Legal Standing Video Project is to develop a 8-10-minute video that will be used to educate law enforcement, district attorneys, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges on what legal standing is, what their responsibilities are, and what to do if a victim believes that their rights have been violated.

Funding: A total of $30,000 in federal Victims of Crime Act will support this initiative. PCCD expects to award one grant with a budget not to exceed $30,000.

Application Deadline: September 8, 2023

More information: PCCD Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Juvenile Defender Training Initiatives

Who May Apply: Eligibility for this grant is open to any organization that can demonstrate the ability to provide training and technical assistance to juvenile defenders in Pennsylvania at a statewide level.

Use: The objective of the Juvenile Defender Training Initiative is to provide systematic and comprehensive training for juvenile defenders that includes tools, strategies, mutual support, and best practices in the leadership, management, and administration of justice, while ensuring quality and constitutionally effective representation of clients.
Funds: A total of $150,000 in federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds will support this initiative. PCCD expects to fund one grant over the two-year project period

Application Deadline: September 11, 2023

More information: PCCD Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: COVID Mitigation for Counties

Who May Apply: This funding is available to 66 Pennsylvania counties. Each county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board will be responsible for coordinating the application for their county and local confinement facilities, as funding is limited to that purpose.

Use: Per the requirements of the CDC’s award, this grant has 15 allowable activities which are designed to detect, diagnose, trace, and monitor SARS–CoV–2 and COVID–19 infections, and mitigate the spread of COVID–19 in confinement facilities. These activities include hiring personnel related to testing/mitigation efforts, purchasing laboratory equipment used for COVID-19 testing, purchasing supplies, test kits, and other tools related to rapid identification of COVID-19, contracting with testing agencies, purchasing software and technology to track COVID-19, and other related activities.

Funds: A total of $9,624,626 is available to 66 counties.

Application Deadline: September 19, 2023

More information: PCCD Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2024-25 Medical Marijuana Act Enforcement

Who May Apply: Eligibility for these funds is open to municipalities and regional police departments proposing to implement projects and programs that address the enforcement of the Medical Marijuana Act.

Use: Funds for the proposed program may be used to support the following or other activities that would assist departments in enforcing this law:

  1. Drug Recognition Experts Training
  2. Education, training, and awareness programs
  3. Examples of Other Enforcement Activities
  • Reimbursement of overtime costs for required court appearances by law enforcement officers related to medical marijuana cases;
  • Pilot data-sharing projects for multi-jurisdictions to collect and share data relating to the enforcement of the Medical Marijuana Act;
  • Strategies to combat the distribution of medical marijuana to unauthorized persons.

Funds: PCCD expects to fund 15-20 grants with budgets not to exceed $300,000 over the two-year project period.

Application Deadline: September 21, 2023

More information: PCCD Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Statewide Human Trafficking Resources Coordination Project

Who May Apply: Eligibility for these funds is open to any Pennsylvania-based non-profit organization, including colleges and universities, and state and local government agencies. Applicants must:

a) Demonstrate subject matter expertise in the field of human trafficking including leading efforts to collaborate with a broad range of providers and stakeholders to support trauma-informed, victim-centered responses to victims of all types of human trafficking.

b) Have significant and recent experience working with local, state, and/or federal organizations/agencies in developing training, technical assistance, and resources related to victims of all types of human trafficking for first responders in healthcare, criminal justice, public safety, victim service, and allied professionals.

c) Have experience developing and maintaining informational websites for a diverse user audience.

Use: PCCD aims to award one grant to a non-profit, governmental, or higher education organization to act as Pennsylvania’s Human Trafficking Resource for coordination of information, training, and resources. The entity will work with an advisory group to:

a) identify and assess existing training and resources relevant to the crime of human trafficking, organize these materials in a meaningful way, and then place them on a publicly available website for users throughout Pennsylvania;

b) Develop and post on the website new training and resources relevant to the crime of human trafficking, as needed to meet emerging needs identified by the field;

c) develop training on Human Trafficking for first responders and allied stakeholders;

d) develop technical assistance materials on Human Trafficking for victim advocates, legal providers and immigration services.

Funds: PCCD expects to fund one grant with a budget not to exceed $250,000 over a 30-month project period.

Application deadline: September 25, 2023

More information: PCCD Website

Environmental Protection Agency: Solar for All

Who May Apply: States, municipalities, tribal governments, or eligible non-profit recipients.

Use: The Solar for All competition will fund applicants applying to expand existing or develop new Solar for All programs. A Solar for All program is a program that ensures low-income households have access to residential rooftop and residential-serving community solar energy, often through providing financial support and other incentives.
Funds: The EPA anticipates awarding up to 60 awards for a total of $7,000,000,000.

Application Deadline: September 26, 2023.

More information: EPA Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2023 NCA Member Child Advocacy Centers

Who May Apply: Eligibility of these funds is open to all National Children’s Alliance accredited, associate, affiliate, and accredited satellite Children’s Advocacy Centers as of May 23, 2023.

Use: Funds for the proposed program may be used to support any, all, or one of the following:

a. Funding to support compliance with NCA standards;

b. Training specifically to improve the work of the CAC in order to apply for and achieve accreditation/reaccreditation;

c. Equipment necessary to support or advance NCA standards of accreditation.

Funds: A total of $1.927 million in state funds will support this initiative. PCCD expects to fund 41 non-competitive one-year grants with budgets not to exceed $47,000.

Application Deadline: September 29, 2023

More informationPCCD Website

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency: Housing Options Grant Program

Who May ApplyNon-profits and developers.

Use: To help continue affordable housing production in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Funds: $100 million in total program funding.  

Application Deadline: All grants should be awarded no later than December 31, 2024. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2026.

More InformationPHFA Website

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner: Fire and Emergency Medical Services Loan Program

Who May ApplyFire and emergency medical services companies.

Use: To support the acquisition, rehabilitation, or improvement of apparatuses, facilities, and equipment.

Funds: Loans up to $486,000.  

Application Deadline: Rolling application.

More InformationOSFC Website

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program

Who May Apply: Applicant must be a nonprofit organization based in the Commonwealth designated as a 501(c)(3) and principally serve individuals, groups, or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its Hate Crime Statistics Publication under the Uniform Crime Reporting program. The categories include:

  • Race/ethnicity/ancestry;
  • Religion;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Disability;
  • Gender; and
  • Gender identity.

UseAct 83 contains a list of eligible security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by a nonprofit organization. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, safety and security planning, purchase of safety and security equipment, purchase of security related technology (metal detectors, protective lighting, deadbolts, etc.), safety and security training, upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security, and more.

Funds: $5 million has been appropriated by the General Assembly to the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund. Applicant requests must be between $5,000 and $150,000.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2023

More informationPCCD Website

Department of Environmental Protection: Coastal Zone Grant Program

Who May Apply: Municipalities, area-wide agencies, state agencies, educational institutions (school districts, colleges, universities, other institutions of higher learning), conservation districts, port authorities, public authorities, or incorporated nonprofit organizations.

Use: Grants may be applied to a wide variety of studies, plans, designs, research, acquisition, and construction projects pertaining to one or more of the established Coastal Resources Management Program policies. Projects must be located within the Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone or the Lake Erie Coastal Zone boundaries. Funds: Grant funding is provided to DEP from the Office for Coastal Management through NOAA.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2023

More information: DEP Website

epartment of Environmental Protection: Driving PA Forward Initiative Clean Diesel Grant Program

Who May Apply: Organizations that operate eligible diesel-powered fleets throughout the Commonwealth may apply to the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Eligible organizations include businesses, incorporated nonprofits, state, local, or tribal government agencies, air quality or transportation organizations, metropolitan or rural/regional planning organizations, or federal government agencies.

Use: Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include but are not limited to: verified exhaust controls; engine upgrades and certified remanufacture systems; verified idle reduction technologies; certified engine replacements; aerodynamic technologies; and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement. Funds: $3,659,904 in grants offered through the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program (Grant Program). A portion of funding has been made available for this opportunity through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). Most of the funding for this offering, approximately $2.6 million, is from the settlement of a lawsuit with Volkswagen Group—USA, relating to diesel vehicle emission violations, and is being used as the Commonwealth's voluntary match funding under the DERA program.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2023

More information: DEP Website

Department of Environmental Protection: Small Business Advantage Grant Program

Who May Apply: For-profit businesses in PA with a primary physical location in PA and 100 or fewer full-time employees. Commercial real estate businesses and tenant businesses may also be eligible if they meet the criteria outlined in the program guidelines.

Use: The Program is a first-come, first-served grant program that provides matching grants to assist small businesses undertaking energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation projects. Funds: $1 million in grant funding is available for this funding round for grants between $5,000 and $8,000.

Application Deadline: Grants will be accepted through March 22, 2024 or when funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

More information: DEP Website

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Environmental Education

Who May Apply: Public schools and school districts, incorporated private schools, incorporated conservation and education organizations, universities, colleges, county conservation districts, incorporated nonprofit organizations, and businesses.

Use: Grants will be awarded for the development of innovative formal and non-formal education projects that:

1) Address grant program priorities (funding priority is given to environmental education projects that engage people living, working, and/or attending school within environmental justice areas in topics related to climate change and/or water).

2) Provide opportunities to expand the public’s understanding of Pennsylvania’s environmental issues.

3) Develop skills required to make informed decisions and take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

Funds: Funding is provided through the Environmental Education Fund, which is supported by five percent of the money collected from environmental fines and penalties. Three levels of grants may be awarded:

  1. Mini Grants (up to $5,000)
  1. General Grants Level 1 ($5,001 - $30,000)
  1. General Grants Level 2 ($30,001 - $65,000)

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

More information: DEP Website

 Department of Community and Economic Development: Local Share Account Statewide

Who May Apply: Counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, economic development agencies, redevelopment authorities, land banks, or councils of government.

Use: Projects in the public interest. Projects that improve the quality of life of citizens in the community. Eligible projects must be owned and maintained by an eligible applicant or a nonprofit organization. See program guidelines for specific eligible uses of funds.

Funds: The PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act provides for the distribution of gaming revenues through the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support projects in the public interest. Grant requests must be at a minimum $25,000 and no more than $1,000,000.

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2023

More information: DCED Website

DEP Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates: Until funds are expended.  (Funding Source: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants Fund)

  • Pennsylvania residents who purchase/lease a new or used alternative fuel vehicle with a purchase price of $50,000 or less.  Businesses are not eligible- To defray costs of purchasing a battery electric vehicle (BEV), hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (HFCV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, electric motorcycle, natural gas vehicle, or propane vehicle.

More information: DEP Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates

PA Homeowners Assistance Fund: No Deadline Provided  (Funding Source: Federal Funding)

  • Owner-occupied homeowners who experienced a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic after January 21, 2020. - To assist Pennsylvania homeowners facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic

More information: PA Homeowners Assistance Fund