Township officials are encouraged to take advantage of the many grant opportunities currently available!
2023 Consumptive Use Mitigation Grants: The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has announced a second year of funding for the Consumptive Use Mitigation Grant Program. Up to $6 million in funding is available this round. Townships and municipal authorities are eligible to apply, and applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on January 31, 2023 via SRBC’s online application.
The 2023 grant program is aimed at projects that will improve the watershed’s drought resilience including: water storage and release projects; projects that modify operations or implement new practices that improve flow resilience; demand modification projects; and environmental/water quality improvement projects that support the resiliency of water resources. Proposed projects generally must be located within the Susquehanna River Basin. Adjacent projects may be eligible provided the mitigation will benefit watersheds and streams within this basin. A minimum of 10% cash match is required, or 25% cash match for requests exceeding $500,000.
For additional information, visit the SRBC’s website, find the Our Work tab and then click What We Do to find the Consumptive Use Mitigation Grant Program. Questions and registration for webinars can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PennDOT Green Light-Go Grants: The state Department of Transportation is accepting applications for approximately $40 million in grants for the Green Light-Go: Municipal Signal Partnership Program to replace, synchronize, time, operate, and maintain traffic signals. Applications are due January 31, 2023. A 20% match is required.
All applicants must have submitted a Pre-Application Scoping Form in December. For additional information and a link to the online electronic application, visit PennDOT’s website. Questions may be directed to Michael Centi, Senior Traffic Control Specialist, PennDOT Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, at (717) 787-5313 or GLG@pa.gov.
Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage Program Grants: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law appropriated funds to be awarded by US Department of Transportation for the Aquatic Organism Passage Program under the National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program. Townships are eligible to apply via grants.gov by 11:59 pm, February 6, 2023.
Eligible projects include replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish (those born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend their lives in saltwater environments, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn, including salmon and some species of sturgeon). Townships with anadromous fish are generally in Districts 6, 8, and 3, but PennDOT recommends coordinating with your regional office. For more information, including the notice of funding and webinars, please visit USDOT’s program website.
U.S. DOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure Grants:The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $1.5 billion in funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2023. Townships are eligible to apply through Grants.gov and the deadline for applications is February 28, 2023. Capital and planning projects are eligible for RAISE grants, including:
- Highway, bridge, and other road projects
- Public transportation
- Port infrastructure investments
- Intermodal projects
- Replace or rehabilitate culverts or prevent stormwater runoff to improve aquatic species habitats
- Planning, preparation, or design (for example- environmental analysis, feasibility studies, benefit cost analysis, and other pre-construction activities) of eligible capital projects
The FY23 RAISE funding will be equally divided between rural and urban area projects. USDOT is offering a series of webinars on the application process, which will be announced in the coming weeks. The Notice of Funding, Application FAQs, and more are available on USDOT’s website: https://www.transportation.gov/ and search “RAISE.” For more information, please contact RAISE grant program staff at RAISEgrants@dot.gov or call Howard Hill at 202-366-0301. Click here for a Grant Alert Summary from PennDOT. Questions can also be submitted to PennDOT at RA-PDTRANSFEDFUNDOPP@pa.gov.
Keystone Historic Preservation Grants: The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) is accepting applications for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program. Two categories of grants – construction and planning – are available, and applicants may apply for only one type of grant. Applications are due March 1, 2023 and must be submitted online through the Single Application for Assistance.
- Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grants are available for rehabilitation, preservation, and restoration activities for publicly accessible historic resources. Awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and require a 50% cash match.
- Keystone Historic Preservation Project Grants are available for planning and development initiatives that enhance historic preservation, including municipal planning focusing on historic resources or building- or project-specific planning goals. Awards will range from $5,000 to $25,000 and require a 50% cash match.
Medium and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Fleet Grants: The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting applications for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle (MHD-ZEV) Fleet pilot grants under the Driving PA Forward Program until March 1, 2023. Townships that operate diesel-powered fleets may apply for funds to replace either 20% of the fleet or at least five Class 4–8 trucks from model years 1992–2009. Townships may be reimbursed for up to 90% of eligible project costs, including vehicle purchases and associated infrastructure (charging stations and electric service upgrades).
A virtual pre-application meeting with a DEP program administrator is required for all applicants. To schedule a pre-application meeting, contact Driving PA Forward program staff at 717-787-9495 or RA-EPVWMITIGATION@pa.gov. DEP is currently scheduling pre-application meetings from January 1 to February 2, 2023 and from February 7 to February 9, 2023.
Chesapeake Bay G3 Grants: The Chesapeake Bay Trust is accepting applications for the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program. Over $1.9 million in funding is available this fiscal year funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Townships in the Chesapeake Bay watershed region are eligible to request funds for conceptual plans, engineer designs, and implementation and construction of green streets/green infrastructure. Additional projects include community greening, white papers, and green street technical planning assistance. Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2023. For more information on eligible project types, please see the Request for Proposals. For technical assistance, contact Nguyen Le at (410) 974-2941 ext. 110 or email@example.com.
Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants: The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is now accepting applications for the 2023 round of Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants. Townships are eligible to apply, and all applications are due April 5, 2023, through DCNR’s Grants portal. Most projects will require a 50% matching contribution.
Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants can be used for projects related to parks, recreation, and conservation, including:
- Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks
- Recreation areas
- Motorized and non-motorized trails
- River conservation and access
- Conservation of open space
- Community and Watershed Forestry
Projects will be selected, in part, on how they align to the priorities outlined within the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2020-2024. DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation staff are available to assist with developing a competitive application.