Municipal Corner

Municipal Grant Opportunities

There are many opportunities for Chester County municipalities and organizations to apply for grants throughout the year. This one-stop resource provides descriptions, deadlines, and past awards for grants in several topic areas, including community development, community planning, historic preservation, open space and the environment, transportation, and utilities and infrastructure.

Looking for some tips on how to apply for a grant? First, determine the funding source that fits your project and then talk to a representative at the administrating agency to identify project qualifications. Next, clearly and concisely convey the following points in the grant application: the results of your planning efforts, the relevance of the project with regional plans, and the public need and urgency for the project. Throughout the grant process, it's important to gather public input, build a team, and involve all planning resources.

Community Development | Community Planning | Historic Preservation | Open Space and Environment | Transportation | Utilities and Infrastructure

Community Development

Grant Name Administrating Agency Description Application Period Past Awards Website
Entitlement Application (CDBG, HOME, ESG) Chester County Department of Community Development The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can be used for a variety of infrastructure activities, public facility and park improvements, housing rehabilitation, public services, and economic development for income qualifying areas and households.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding is targeted to developing new affordable housing units in Chester County and providing first-time homebuyer assistance.
The CDBG application will be released in the spring on a biannual basis. The next competition of this two-year application cycle will be in 2020. In 2018, the Chester County Commissioners awarded 16 CDBG grants, totaling $2.81 million to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, social service providers, and housing organizations.…[+] chesco.org/ccdcd
Community Revitalization Program (CRP) Chester County Department of Community Development Urban center municipalities, which include Chester County's 15 boroughs and the City of Coatesville, may apply for CRP funding. CRP awards support infrastructure improvements, streetscaping activities, economic development opportunities, and other projects that promote the revitalization of Chester County's urban centers. The last application period was from 2/12/19 to 3/28/19. Check back for more information. In 2019, the Chester County Commissioners awarded funding to seven municipalities, totaling $2.5 million. chesco.org/ccdcd
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program in Pennsylvania United States Department of Agriculture This program provides affordable funding (loans and/or grants) to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. This funding can go toward the development of health care and public facilities; local food systems; and the following services: community support, public safety, educational, and utility. Eligible applicants include public bodies and community-based nonprofit corporations. Applications are accepted year-round. There is no county specific information regarding funding. rd.usda.gov
Keystone Communities Program Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development This program is a flexible tool for use in community and economic development for a variety of uses including planning activities, façade grant programs, accessible housing programs, and development grants. Eligible applicants include government entities; redevelopment and/or housing authorities; nonprofit organizations, economic development organizations, housing corporations, etc.; community development corporations; business improvement districts; neighborhood improvement districts; downtown improvement districts; and similar organizations incorporated as authorities. The Fiscal Year 2019/20 Round 1 funding application period will run from 7/1/19 – 8/31/19. Designation applications are accepted at all times. There is no county specific information regarding funding. dced.pa.gov
Pennsylvania Community Project Grant 2019 American Association of Retired Persons This program provides small grants to improve housing, transportation, public space, and other community elements that support great places for people of all ages. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and government entities. Other types of organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. The last deadline for applications was 12/3/18 and all grant recipients were required to complete their projects by 5/6/19. Check back for application dates for next round of funding. There is no county specific information regarding funding. states.aarp.org

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Community Planning

Grant Name Administrating Agency Description Application Period Past Awards Website
Chester County Vision Partnership Program Chester County Planning Commission This program provides funds or technical assistance to municipalities for comprehensive plans, ordinance updates, or planning studies to implement Landscapes3, Chester County's comprehensive plan. The deadline for applications for the second round of the 2019 cash grant program was 10/25/19. The 2020 cash grant program is anticipated to open in January. …[+] The 2019 first round provided grants of approximately $125,000 to five projects that involved ten Chester County municipalities. ChescoPlanning.org

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Historic Preservation

Grant Name Administrating Agency Description Application Period Past Awards Website
Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grants Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission This grant supports projects that rehabilitate, restore, or preserve historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Funding is available to nonprofit organizations and local governments for small construction projects for publicly accessible historic resources. The last deadline for applications was 3/1/19. Check back for more information. Between 2013 and 2017, three grants were received for projects within Chester County, ranging from $16,000 - $80,000. phmc.pa.gov
Keystone Historic Preservation Planning Grants Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission This grant supports projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect publicly accessible historic and archaeological resources of Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. …[+] The last deadline for applications was 3/1/19. Check back for more information. In 2015, $5,000 was received for work in the West Chester Historic Zoning District. phmc.pa.gov
Certified Local Government Grant Program (CLG) Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission This program provides financial support to participating communities to develop the tools, products, programs, and services they need to administer their local preservation programs effectively and in accordance with the CLG Guidelines and Procedures. …[+] The last deadline was 10/11/19. Check back for more information. There is no county specific information regarding funding. phmc.pa.gov

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Open Space and Environment

Grant Name Administrating Agency Description Application Period Past Awards Website
Preservation Partnership Program Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation This program helps conservancies preserve natural, agricultural, historic, and culturally significant land resources and promotes responsible public access. The last grant application deadline was 2/28/19. Applications are accepted annually. Check back for application dates for next round of funding. In 2019, the Chester County Commissioners awarded grants to two land conservancies for seven projects, totaling about $2 million in county funds. chesco.org/openspace
Municipal Grant Program Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation This program helps municipal governments meet local demands for parks, recreational facilities, and open spaces. The last application deadline was 2/28/19. Applications are accepted annually. Check back for application dates for next round of funding. In 2019, the Chester County Commissioners awarded grants to four municipalities, totaling $1.8 million in county funds. chesco.org/openspace
Water Quality Improvement Programs Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation The Brandywine Headwaters Preservation Program (BH) and Northern Conservation Initiative (NCI) help conservancies and municipalities advance the complementary goals of water quality improvement and land preservation by focusing on high priority areas and partnerships. …[+] Letters of Intent are due on 11/1 of each year for the following year's applications. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. To date, 12 water quality grant projects have been awarded, totaling over $647,000 in county funds. Brandywine Headwaters Preservation Program Northern Conservation Initiative
Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources This grant provides funds for the planning, acquisition, and development of public parks, recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access, and the conservation of open space. Eligible applicants include municipalities, counties, nonprofit organizations, and State Heritage Areas. The deadline for applications was 4/10/19. Check back for more information. In 2018, 21 projects in Chester County received this type of grant, totaling $6.6 million. dcnr.pa.gov
Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund Grants Commonwealth Financing Authority These grants provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities and commonwealth agencies. The grants support improvements to municipalities' water systems and for public services and environmental protection projects. …[+] The last application period was from 2/1/19 – 5/31/19. Check back for more information. In 2019, five Chester County entities — including municipalities and nonprofit organizations — received Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund Grants, totaling $769,159. …[+] dced.pa.gov
Growing Greener Plus Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection The purpose of this program is to restore impaired waters or protect degraded waters within the Commonwealth. Four grant programs were offered to incorporated watershed associations, municipalities, counties, county conservation districts, council of governments and other authorized organizations …[+] Applications are being accepted through 12/20/19. In 2019, four organizations in Chester County received this grant, totaling $916,548. dep.pa.gov
PECO Green Region Open Space Program Natural Lands The PECO program awards grants for southeastern Pennsylvania municipal efforts to preserve, protect, and improve open spaces. Eligible applicants include municipalities and regional recreational authorities within PECO's service territory in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or York counties. The deadline for applications was 10/31/19. Check back for updates. The fund has distributed $1.75 million to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for over 230 open space projects in the region since 2004 …[+] natlands.org
Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area The fund provides grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects that improve the quality and quantity of water in the river and its tributaries. …[+] The last application period was from 1/7/19 – 4/18/19. Check back for more information. The fund has distributed over $3.6 million and leveraged another $5 million for more than 100 projects that protect and restore the Schuylkill River since 2006. …[+] schuylkillriver.org
Conservation Easement Assistance Program Pennsylvania Land Trust Association A reimbursement grant program for organizations that complete conservation easements, trail and fishing access easements; amend or restate older easement documents; update baseline documentation; and install signs on eased land. Grants are accepted without a specific time frame, but are dependent on funding availability to qualified organizations. There is no county specific information regarding funding. conservationtools.org
Emergency Watershed Protection United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service-Pennsylvania The purpose of this program is to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, to prevent runoff and soil erosion in order to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and erosion on any watershed whenever natural occurrence(s) cause a sudden impairment of the watershed. Eligible applicants include municipalities, counties, and conservation districts. All applications must be submitted within 10 days of the disaster. For non-emergency situations, all applications must be submitted within 60 days of the disaster. There is no county specific information regarding funding. nrcs.usda.gov
TreeVitalize Watersheds Grant Program 2020 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in the five-county southeastern PA region This program has provided technical assistance to nonprofit organizations (small organizations or watershed groups) and municipalities in the southeastern PA region for watershed restoration projects such as tree planting along stream corridors, adjacent upland areas, headwaters, and "naturalized" stormwater basins. The 2020 grant application is due 11/8/19. There is no county specific information regarding funding. phsonline.org

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Transportation

Grant Name Administrating Agency Description Application Period Past Awards Website
PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund Pennsylvania Department of Transportation This program provides financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight, passenger rail, and ports to improve transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization. Applications are being accepted through 11/8. In 2019, five Chester County entities received this grant, totaling $5.7 million. penndot.gov
Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) Pennsylvania Department of Transportation This program uses federal highway and transit funds for community-based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal transportation system. This includes projects that build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, and create trail projects. …[+] Check back for information on the 2019 application period, which is anticipated to be sometime in the summer 2019. In 2018, four projects in Chester County received this grant, totaling $3.5 million. penndot.gov
CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund Commonwealth Financing Authority This program awards funds for the development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, including streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. …[+] Applications are accepted from 3/1 - 7/31 each year. In 2019, three projects were awarded in Chester County, totaling $725,000. dced.pa.gov
Municipal Retro-Reimbursement Bridge Program Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission This program reimburses municipalities for 80 percent of costs for rehabilitation or replacement projects for locally-owned, structurally deficient bridges within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties for bridges with existing deck span of 20 feet in length or greater. Municipalities in those counties are eligible to apply. The FY 2019 - FY 2022 application period was 5/1/18 - 6/1/18. Check back for application dates for next round of funding. In 2018, two bridge projects in Chester County received these funds, totaling about $2 million. dvrpc.org
Green Light-Go: Pennsylvania's Municipal Signal Partnership Program Pennsylvania Department of Transportation This annual program provides grants to municipalities for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated state highways. Any municipality with existing signals on state highways may apply. The last application period was from 10/15/18 - 1/11/19. Check back for application dates for next round of funding. In 2018, three municipalities in Chester County received this grant, totaling $1.1 million. dot.state.pa.us
Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Program Pennsylvania Department of Transportation This program uses revenues from ARLE-levied fines to fund highway safety projects across the state. A very wide range of projects are eligible, with an emphasis on those that can be completed at a relatively low cost, including retiming or coordination of existing traffic-control signals, pavement restriping projects to increase capacity or improve safety, and centerline rumble strips. …[+] Applications are due annually on 6/30. In 2018, three municipalities in Chester County received this grant, totaling nearly $1 million. dot.state.pa.us
Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program Commonwealth Financing Authority This program provides grants for projects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. Eligible applicants include municipalities, for-profit businesses, councils of governments, and institutions of higher education. The last application period was from 2/1/19 – 5/31/19. Check back for more information. In 2018, four projects in Chester County received these grants, totaling $550,000. dced.pa.gpv
Transportation & Community Development Initiative (TCDI) Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission This program funds smart growth initiatives that implement DVRPC's long-range plan, Connections 2045. TCDI focuses on linking land use and transportation planning through projects that improve the overall character and quality of life; enhance the existing transportation infrastructure capacity; promote and encourage the use of transit, bike, and pedestrian modes; …[+] Applications are closed at this time. The next round will be in spring 2020. Check back for more information.

In 2019, two municipalities in Chester County received these grants, totaling $315,000.

dvrpc.org
Regional Trails Program - Phase VII Funding Opportunity Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission This program provides planning assistance and financial support to trail developers, counties, and nonprofit organizations to complete the Circuit, Greater Philadelphia's 800-plus-mile network of multi-use trails. The last deadline was 12/14/18. The next funding round will be in fall 2019 if there are funds remaining. Check back for more information. In 2019, four projects in Chester County received this funding, totaling $433,000. dvrpc.org
Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission This program seeks to fund transportation projects that will improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in the DVRPC region, including pedestrian and bicycle projects, transit improvement programs, and funding of transportation demand management programs. …[+] The last application period for Pennsylvania agencies was from 4/1/19 – 6/28/19. Check back for more information. There is no county specific information regarding funding. dvrpc.org
DC Fast Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Grant Program Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection This program awards grants for the purchase, installation, and operation of publicly accessible DC fast charging (DCFC) and hydrogen fuel cell fueling (HFCF) sites. Eligible applicants include Pennsylvania businesses, incorporated nonprofits, and state and local government agencies. The last application period for Pennsylvania agencies was from 4/1/19 – 6/28/19. Check back for more information. There is no county specific information regarding funding. depgis.state.pa.us

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Utilities and Infrastructure

Grant Name Administrating Agency Description Application Period Past Awards Website
PA Small Water & Sewer Program Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development This grant assists municipalities and municipal authorities with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. The last application period was from 11/15/17 - 2/28/18. Check back for next round of application dates. In 2018, 22 projects were awarded these grants in Chester County, totaling $2.6 million. dced.pa.gov
Homeowner On-Lot Sewage Disposal and Lateral Repair Loans PENNVEST This is a Pennsylvania state loan program to assist homeowners with improvement, replacement or repair of individual on-lot sewage disposal system or to connect for the first time to a public sewer system. Applications are accepted year-round. There is no county specific information regarding funding. pennvest.pa.gov
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program/LIHEAP Pennsylvania Department of Human Services There are three different grants, based on pre-tax income, that help low-income families heat and insulate their homes. Applications will be accepted 11/1/19-4/10/20. There is no county specific information regarding funding. dhs.pa.gov
Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection The Pennsylvania FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure solicitation is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) designed to support the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure along Pennsylvania Interstate Highway Corridors. …[+] The application period for the 2019 AFIG Program opened on 4/26/19. The AFIG Program will remain open throughout 2019. DEP will collect and review applications received on 7/12/19, and again on 12/13/19. There is no county specific information regarding funding. dep.pa.gov
Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration This is a federal grant program that provides funding to communities for technical assistance and analyses of local pipeline safety issues, including engineering and scientific analysis related to local pipeline safety issues. Eligible applicants include parishes, counties, municipalities, similar governmental subdivisions, or consortiums of such subdivisions, and groups of individuals—not including for-profit entities. The last application period was from 5/22/18 - 6/29/18. Check back for next round of application dates. There is no county specific information regarding funding. phmsa.dot.gov
Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program United States Department of Agriculture A federal loan/grant program that provides clean and reliable drinking water, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and stormwater drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Eligible applicants include most state and local governmental entities and private nonprofits. Applications are accepted year-round. There is no county specific information regarding funding. rd.usda.gov
2019 LEED for Cities & Communities Grant Program U.S. Green Building Council and Bank of America Charitable Foundation The LEED for Cities & Communities Grant Program seeks to build capacity amongst U.S. local governments to pursue LEED certification and to use certification results to improve community conditions. Eligible applicants include local governments in the United States (i.e.: cities, towns, and counties) The application period was from 2/21/19 – 3/22/19. Check back for more information. There is no county specific information regarding funding. usgbc.org

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