Grants & Funding

Every penny counts when townships are working to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of their residents. That's why grant and other funding opportunities are so important for local governments.

See below for current opportunities. Items are organized by application deadline, with the soonest appearing first.

Funding: Sustainable Energy Fund Program

Deadlines: Vary

Description: Local governments are eligible to apply for loans for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects through the Sustainable Energy Fund Program.

Four funds were created as a result of the restructuring plans of five electric companies in Pennsylvania. To be eligible, projects must reduce energy consumption of nonsustainable resources or generate energy from sustainable resources.

Eligible projects include such improvements as solar photovoltaic and wind energy systems, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, and building envelope enhancements.

The four funds and their deadlines and contact information are:

• PECO — www/; toll-free hotline (888) 5-PECO-SAVE (573-2672), Deadline is May 31, 2017.

• PPL Electric Utilities —; Christopher Rooney or Scott DeStefon, (610) 264-4440, No deadline available.

• Metropolitan Edison Company/Pennsylvania Electric Company —; Western Pa. (Penelec), Angie Berzonski, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, (814) 536-7741, ext. 117,; Eastern Pa. (Met Ed), Heidi Williamson, Berks County Community Foundation, (610) 685-2223, Deadline is May 1, 2017.

• West Penn Power —; Joel Morrison, (814) 441-1100, Deadline is February, 2017.


Funding: USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Description: These grants are meant to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Examples of emergencies include drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak, chemical spill, leakage, or seepage. There is a funding limit of $150,000 or $500,000 per request.

For more info: Click here or call (717) 237-2299. Potential applicants may also learn more at the USDA Rural Development Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants website


Funding: USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan Program

Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Description: USDA Rural Development invites municipalities to apply for funding under its Community Facilities Direct Loan program. This program provides below-market loans to assist rural areas in the development of essential community facilities. The loans feature:

  • low interest rates;
  • long terms (40 years on buildings, 10 to 20 years on vehicles); and
  • no loan fees.

Eligible borrowers: Those eligible to apply include local governments for municipalities with a population under 20,000 and nonprofit organizations that are headquartered in a municipality with a population under 20,000.

Eligible uses: Loan funds may be used for capital projects to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and public services. This can include costs to acquire land needed for a facility, pay necessary professional fees, and purchase equipment required for its operation. Borrowers have used loan funds to:

  • purchase vehicles (police, fire, ambulance, road maintenance, etc.);
  • purchase, renovate, or construct a new facility (headquarters, hospitals, community centers, libraries, municipal buildings, public roads and bridges, etc.); and
  • purchase equipment (medical, communications, computer, library books, buses, etc.).

Small grants may also be available for eligible projects.

For more info: Contact Alex Kauffman, Community Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development, at (717) 237-2272 or click here for the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan web page.


Funding: USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants 

Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Description: Townships may apply for these USDA grants to develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population of up to 10,000. Applicants must be able unable to obtain financing from other sources at rates and terms they can afford and/or from their own resources. Projects may include construction, land acquisition, legal or engineering fees, capitalized interest, equipment, initial operations, and maintenance costs. Applicants must provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs and will provide the first funding spent in any project.

For more info: Click here.