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Township officials are encouraged to take advantage of the many grant opportunities currently available! 


DCED Act 13 Grants: The state Department of Community and Economic Development is accepting applications for Act 13 programs until May 31, 2024. Several grant programs are funded by impact fees from natural gas wells under Act 13 of 2012:      

  • Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Abatement & Treatment Program: Townships may apply for grants to reclaim abandoned mine wells, remediate and repair existing AMD project sites, and monitor water quality to track non-point source load reductions from AMD remediation projects.
  • Baseline Water Quality Data Program: Townships may apply for grants to establish baseline water quality data, including water sample collection and analysis, on private water supplies using the Baseline Water Quality Data program.
  • Flood Mitigation Program: Townships may apply for grants to perform flood mitigation projects.
  • Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program: Townships may apply for funding to plan, acquire, develop, rehabilitate, and repair greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks, and beautification projects.
  • Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program: Townships may apply for grants to clean out and plug abandoned and orphan oil and gas wells, stray gas mitigation systems, and well venting projects.
  • Sewage Facilities Program: Townships may apply for grants to offset costs associated with the planning work required under Act 537, the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act.
  • Watershed Restoration and Protection Program: Townships may apply for grants to construct, expand, repair, maintain, or rehabilitate new or existing watershed protection best management practices.

For more information, click on the grant program links above or call DCED at (717) 787-6245.


Active Transportation Pre-Planning Assistance: The state Department of Health (DOH) announced the second round of the capacity-building pre planning program under the WalkWorks initiative. This program is designed to prepare municipalities to apply in 2025 for funding to develop active transportation plans. 

Townships located in DOH State Physical Activity and Nutrition counties (Clearfield, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Northumberland) or in communities with an overall percentile rating above 60 in the 2023 DEP PennEnviroScreen Tool are eligible to apply through May 31, 2024. For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement


PCCD Funding for Municipal Police Reporting Systems: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) announced $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to support system upgrades which will enable the reporting of crime statistics to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). 

Municipal police departments can apply through June 13, 2024 for the following eligible program activities and expenses: Software, hardware, and labor needed to install NIBRS-compliant record management systems; Agency training on how to collect and submit NIBRS data; and/or Technical assistance for personnel responsible for data collection and submission. PCCD expects to fund approximately 50 grants with budgets up to $200,000 over the two-year project period. 

Applications must be submitted through PCCD’s Egrants system. For more information, visit PCCD’s funding announcements page. Questions can be directed to ra-pccd-ocjsi@pa.gov with “NIBRS Upgrade” in the subject line. 


Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program: The U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration has announced the new Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) to support planning, designing, and building projects that enhance safe and connected active transportation infrastructure within a network. Local or regional governmental organizations, including regional planning organizations, are eligible to apply through June 17, 2024. 

ATIIP will award two types of grants: Planning and Design grants to develop plans for active transportation networks and active transportation spines; and Construction grants to construct projects to provide safe and connected active transportation facilities in an active transportation network or active transportation spine.  


DEP Grant Programs: The state Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for funding under the Growing Greener Plus Grants Program and Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants through the Watershed Planning and Restoration Grants Program. Both opportunities intend to improve and protect water from nonpoint source pollution associated with agricultural activities, abandoned mine drainage (AMD), stormwater runoff, energy resource extraction, and streambank and shoreline degradation.  

Townships, council of governments, and municipal authorities can apply through June 21, 2024. DEP is focusing grants on projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution in targeted areas with watershed implementation plans, especially projects that reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment pollution from agricultural and stormwater runoff, along with AMD-related pollution from iron, aluminum, and acidity. DEP is particularly interested in projects that implement effective best management practices which lead to local water quality improvements.  

Applications must be submitted through the eGrants system. For more information, visit DEP’s website


Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Grants: PennDOT will be accepting applications for the 2024 Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Funding Program from June 1 through June 30, 2024. Townships are eligible to apply for funding toward safety and mobility projects, including roadway safety, mobility, and capacity upgrades; bicycle and pedestrian improvements; Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) projects; and traffic signal improvements.     

A pre-application scoping form is required prior to submitting an application. For additional information and a link to the pre-application form, visit PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Resource Portal by clicking here. Questions, as well as completed scoping forms, can be directed to ARLE@pa.gov.    


Wild Resource Conservation Program: The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications under the Wild Resource Conservation Program (WRCP). The WRCP identifies research and conservation needs on the Commonwealth’s native flora and non-game wildlife, including surveys and elucidation on conservation, management, and stewardship techniques. 

Townships, conservation districts, and municipal authorities are eligible to apply through July 1, 2024, for projects intended to protect and conserve biological diversity. This grant round has specific priorities for birds, mammals, plants, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. More information on these priorities, along with how to apply, can be found on DCNR’s grants portal


2024 Abandoned Mine Land and Acid Mine Drainage Grants: The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced 2024 funding rounds for the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Grant Program. Townships, councils of government, and municipal authorities are eligible to apply through the Commonwealth’s Electronic Single Application

DEP will accept applications during the following application rounds:  

  • Application Round 2—June 3, 2024 through July 19, 2024 
  • Application Round 3—September 23, 2024 through November 8, 2024 

Eligible projects must reclaim or enhance AML sites posing a threat to the environment and/or public health and safety. Sites must be determined to be eligible by the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, entered into AML inventory systems, and, in most cases, be associated with a coal mine that was abandoned prior to August 3, 1977.    

For AML/AMD grant program guidance and application instructions, please visit DEP’s website. Questions can be directed to RA-EPAMGrantProgram@pa.gov or (717) 783-2267. 


CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund: The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is accepting grant applications for its Multimodal Transportation Fund. Townships are eligible to apply through until July 31, 2024 through DCED’s online single application for assistance. Please note this opportunity is separate from PennDOT’s Multimodal Program.   

The CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable transportation system is available to commonwealth residents. Eligible projects include projects which coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities; the development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets; streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, and pedestrian safety projects; and connectivity of transportation assets, and transit-oriented development.    

For more information, including frequently asked questions and an application checklist, visit DCED’s grants page.  


Historical & Archival Records Care Grants: The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) announced the reinstatement of the Historical & Archival Records Care (HARC) grant program. Townships are eligible to apply now through August 1, 2024.  

Funding is available for records reformatting and equipment and collections care, including surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging, and describing historical records significant to Pennsylvania. 

PHMC will host two webinars about the program, eligibility, and suggestions for a successful application on June 18 at 10:00 AM and July 8 at 1:00 PM. Questions can be directed to Grant Manager at RA-PHARCHIVESGRANTS@pa.gov or 717-705-1676. 


EPA Community Change Grants: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the new Environmental and Justice Community Change Grants program. $2 billion in funding is available for technical assistance and competitive awards to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. Townships are eligible to apply if partnering with a community-based non-profit and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 21, 2024. 

For more information, including frequently asked questions, webinar recordings, and link to apply, visit EPA’s website. Questions can be directed to CCGP@epa.gov


Recycling Performance Grants: DEP is now accepting applications for the Municipal Recycling Program Performance Grant (Section 904 Grants) for eligible materials recycled and marketed in calendar year 2023. Performance grant awards are based on the weight of source-separated recyclable materials recovered by municipal recycling programs. Townships, authorities, councils of governments, or similar entities with recycling programs are eligible to apply through December 31, 2024

Grant applications must be submitted through eGrants at esa.dced.state.pa.us. Questions can be directed to the Bureau of Waste Management at 717-787-7382 or mvottero@pa.gov. 


Ongoing Opportunities:

Statewide Waterway Access Mini Grants: The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) administers the new Statewide Waterway Access Mini Grant Program. This program, supported by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is designed to help meet growing demand for non-motorized boating opportunities. Townships are eligible to apply and awards will be granted on a rolling basis. 

Grants of up to $30,000 are available to create new or improve existing access points along the region’s rivers, streams, and waterways. Eligible projects include acquisition, engineering, construction, and rehabilitation projects which benefit and directly support non-motorized recreational boating. A one-to-one match is required. For more information, visit POWR’s website


Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grants: USDA Rural Development administers the Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program to provide clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, and storm water drainage in eligible rural areas. Townships with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible to apply for funding to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of:  

  • Drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage and distribution 
  • Sewer collection, transmission, treatment and disposal 
  • Solid waste collection, disposal and closure 
  • Storm water collection, transmission and disposal 

Applications are accepted year-round and may be filed electronically using RD Apply or through your township’s Local RD office


Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants: USDA Rural Development administers Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants to help communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water. Events that qualify as an emergency include, but are not limited to, droughts, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and chemical spills. Townships with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible to apply for funds for the following purposes: 

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 to construct waterline extensions, repair breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and address related maintenance necessary to replenish the water supply 
  • Water source grants up to $1,000,000 for the construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and/or other sources of water (water source up to and including the treatment plant) 

Applications are accepted year-round. Interested townships are encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania state program specialist prior to filling out any forms or applications for this opportunity. 


Municipal Assistance Program: DCED’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services offers the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) to provide funding to assist local governments to plan for and efficiently implement a variety of services and improvements, and soundly manage development with an emphasis on intergovernmental approaches. Funding is available for two groups of activities: shared services, and community planning. Townships are eligible to apply throughout the year to cover up to 50 percent of eligible costs related to:

  • Community Planning: Planning activities to support community and economic development, including, the development of comprehensive community plans, land use ordinances, and Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) studies
  • Shared Services: Intergovernmental cooperation initiatives including, regional police and fire services, shared personnel agreements, and boundary change studies

For more information including program fact sheet, guidelines, and link to apply, visit DCED’s MAP website.


Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Grants: The Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program is a non-point source pollution control program for local municipal road officials. Under this program, the State Conservation Commission provides grant funding through county conservation districts to townships to eliminate stream pollution caused by runoff and sediment from dirt, gravel and low volume roads

Grants may be used for expenses related to the implementation of environmentally sound road maintenance practices on dirt and gravel roads and low volume paved roads. Townships may apply to the conservation districts for grant funding. Conservation districts establish their own grant application periods. Applicants must attend a two-day “Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance” training. For additional information, contact your county DGLVR program specialist.


The Pipeline Investment Program Grants: The Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) provides grants to construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks, existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, which will result in the creation of new economic base jobs in the commonwealth while providing access to natural gas for residents. Funds may be used for acquisition, construction, and site preparation costs associated with extending natural gas pipelines to serve eligible applicants. Townships are eligible to apply for funding throughout the year. A 50% match of the total project cost is required. For more information, visit DCED’s website or email ra-dcedsitedvpt@pa.gov.


Peer and Circuit Rider Local Capacity Building Project Funding: The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources offers grant programs to fund projects that help municipalities, multi-municipal partnerships, and council of governments to increase local capacity for recreation, parks and conservation.

  • The Peer Program is available to assist municipal entities with hiring a professional consultant to study specialized small-scale issues. A minimum ten percent (10%) local cash match is required. 
  • The Circuit Rider Program provides grant funds for regional organizations, including Council of Governments and multi-municipal entities, to hire a professional, full-time staff person. This is a four-year commitment of funding. Match is variable based on the year of funding.

Townships are eligible to apply for funding throughout the year. All applicants must contact Kelly Rossiter before applying at 717-772-3319 or krossiter@pa.gov. For additional information, including frequently asked questions and grant instructions, visit DCNR’s Grants website.


Clean Energy Tax Credits: The U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on accessing clean energy tax credits included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The IRA’s “elective pay” provisions allow townships, for the first time, to be able to receive a payment equal to the full value of tax credits for building qualifying clean energy projects. Townships can also transfer certain tax credits through a process known as “transferability” to other parties.  

Tax credits eligible for direct payment or transferability include projects that generate clean electricity through solar, wind, and battery storage projects; installing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure; and purchasing clean vehicles for vehicle fleets. Please note, the tax credit for commercial EVs is up to $7,500 for vehicles under 14,000 pounds and up to $40,000 for vehicles over 14,000 pounds. Only certain vehicles are eligible for the credit, as there are manufacturing and final assembly requirements.  

Townships can refer to the National Association of Towns and Township’s Guidance to Accessing Clean Energy Credits for additional information, as well as the IRS’s Frequently Asked Questions document or the White House fact sheet on direct pay.  


Pilot Program for Economic Development: The Shapiro Administration announced a new pilot program, PA SITES, which will make $10 million in grant funding available to help municipalities and authorities prepare “shovel ready” sites to attract and retain businesses. Grants may be used for transportation access improvements, utility extensions, or grading of pad-ready sites, including redevelopment of previously used or underused sites. Click here for the press release and here for program guidelines. 


USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program. Rural townships with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible to apply for grants and low-interest direct loans to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. 

Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, and pay related project expenses. Essential community facilities include public facilities (municipal buildings, courthouses, street improvements); community support services (community centers, fairgrounds); public safety services (fire departments, police stations, public works vehicles or equipment); and more. Townships are eligible to apply for funding throughout the year. For more information, visit the Community Facilities Program website or call the PA Rural Development office at (717) 237-2299. 


The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has grant funding to support the recruitment of approximately 2,000 new full-time law enforcement officers throughout the commonwealth. This solicitation is open to local law enforcement agencies to support Act 120 mandatory training and recruitment activities for law enforcement officers provided through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). 

Supported by funding through the Local Law Enforcement Support (LLES) Grant Program established under Act 54 of 2022, eligible law enforcement agencies that do not cover the costs of Act 120 training can request up to $7,000 per new officer to support costs associated with the training or, if they currently hire officers that are already Act 120 trained or the agency already covers training costs, apply for up to $5,000 per new officer to support stipends, signing bonuses, or marketing efforts. Priority consideration in awards will go to law enforcement agencies serving areas with high rates of violent crime and that have low clearance rates for violent crimes. 

Applicants can find more information on funding requirements and how to apply on PCCD’s active funding announcements webpage. The solicitation will remain open until all funding is committed. Awards will be announced on a rolling basis. 


U.S. Department of Transportation Grant Dashboard: The DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard is a helpful resource developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide communities with an overview of grant opportunities related to transportation infrastructure needs. Townships can use the “Eligible Applicants” dropdown tool and select “Local Governments” to see all eligible grant opportunities or narrow down the search to just those related to specific activities, transportation types, and match requirements. The dashboard is updated weekly and will also soon include a Rural Grant Applicant Toolkit to assist rural townships in utilizing the dashboard. 



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