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A Note from Daylin

Howdy!

Lately, there has been a lot of news about available grants and I’m sure it’s hard to keep track of them.  So, in an effort to help you, my office has prepared a comprehensive list of grants that are currently available.

As always, if you have any questions or would like support for your project, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Yours Truly,

Daylin

COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant

$50 million in grant funding is now available to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors across PA.

The funding was created through the federal CARES Act, this reimbursement-based grant is available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Businesses may apply for grants up to a maximum of $3 million.

The following applicants are eligible to apply:

  • Businesses
  • Healthcare Non-profits
  • Public Transportation Agencies
  • Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDO)

Eligible Pennsylvania-based industries include:

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Retail Facilities
  • Security Services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor’s Business Closure Order
  • Janitorial Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Hazard Pay

Grant funds may be used for hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020, to October 24, 2020. Applicants may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent employee. Employers may apply for a grant to provide hazard pay for up to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location.

Eligible applicants may apply for grants using the online DCED Electronic Single Application. Program inquiries may be directed to (717) 787-6245 or ra-dcedcbf@pa.gov.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020
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Commonwealth Financing Agency Act 13 Grants

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities and commonwealth agencies. Pursuant to Section 2315 (a) (6) (i) of the Act, a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for statewide initiatives.

There are seven different programs under which an applicant may apply:

  • Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement & Treatment Program
  • Baseline Water Quality Data Program
  • Flood Mitigation Program
  • Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program
  • Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program
  • Sewage Facilities Program
  • Water Restoration Protection Program

Due to the pandemic, the deadline for application has been extended.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Learn More and Apply

COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program

The COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program provides grants to cultural organizations and museums that experienced a loss of revenue from the closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency.  The maximum grant is $500,000 per eligible cultural organization or museum. The minimum grant is $25,000 per eligible cultural organization or museum.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

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Pennsylvania Blight Remediation Program

Blight Remediation ProgramThe Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development recently issued the guidelines for the new reimbursable Blight Remediation grant program and has announced that the application period is now open.  This grant program will support efforts to create blight plans, or demolish, acquire, and/or rehabilitate blighted properties or properties destroyed by natural disasters.

The following agencies may be eligible to apply:

  • Municipalities
  • Councils of Governments
  • Land Banks
  • Redevelopment Authorities
  • Housing Authorities
  • Community Development Corporations
  • Economic Development Organizations
  • Housing Corporations

 This is a reimbursable grant program, that will award grants

  • up to $25,000 for planning projects to develop blight plans
  • up to $300,000 for remediation projects to demolish and clear blighted properties, acquire properties to demolish or rehabilitate them, rehabilitation or reconstruction of blight properties, and administrative costs

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

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COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant

COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company & EMS Grant ProgramThe Office of the State Fire Commissioner will be offering funding via the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (Act 26 of 2020). This grant program establishes a one-time grant to be used by eligible Fire, Rescue and EMS companies to provide services during the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as identified in the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020. These funds are to be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of opportunities for fundraising and inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A total of $50 million will be distributed by the The COVID-19 Crisis FCEMS Grant Program from funds received by the Commonwealth under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

  • $44 million to eligible fire and rescue companies; and
  • $6 million to eligible EMS companies.  

This Program grant funding will be calculated for individual awards in the following manner:
 
Fire/Rescue/EMS Companies that received a grant award from the 2019-2020 FCEMSGP and register for the COVID-19 Crisis grant program will receive an initial award equal to the amount they received from the 2019-2020 FCEMSGP.
 
The surplus funding in the Program will be distributed to each eligible company that meets the funding criteria that submits a completed registration, including those that did not receive a 2019-2020 FCEMSGP grant award.
 
Application Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

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Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, commonly known as RACP, is a Commonwealth grant administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historic improvement projects. RACP projects must be authorized in a PA Capital Budget Project Itemization Act, which is passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor, and must be enacted within ten years of the date that the Act was approved. 

Eligible projects must have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measure of economic activity. This includes: economic development projects, which include hospital facilities, and associated infrastructure; community asset projects which provide significant benefit to a community, including cultural, recreational, and historical projects, and any other project of civic significance; and housing projects that will support and generate economic activity or are part of a community revitalization plan. Projects that can normally obtain primary capital funding from PENNDOT, PENNVEST, DCED, or other state agencies are generally restricted from receiving RACP funding.
 
RACP applicants must either be a redevelopment autho;ity; an industrial development authority or agency; a general purpose unit of local government; a local development district that has an agreement with a general purpose unit of local government under which the unit assumes ultimate responsibility for debt incurred to obtain the non-state financial participation; or a public authority established pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth.

The project to which the RACP funds are allocated must also have a total cost of at least $1 million and have matching funds that comply with the following:

  • At least 50% of the project cost must be match (non-state) participation
  • At least one-half of the non-state portion of the match must be secured funding at the time of application
  • Sources of matching funds must be documented at the time of application with identifiable and firm commitments from all sources
  • Sources of matching funds can be local, private, federal, land, and/or fixed assets.
  • The only non-cash, non-state match permitted is land or fixed assets which have a substantial useful life and are directly related to the project
  • Funds from other state sources, including legislative sources, may not be used as a match.

Applicants may now apply for those projects that have been included in an itemization bill within the past ten years. Using DCED’s single application website, applicants may submit their e-RACP application today! Once the application period closes, the budget office reviews and scores the applications to ensure eligibility after which at least 30 days must pass to ensure time for public comment. Final award determination is made by the Governor and award letters are sent to successful applicants and all results are posted to the Office of the Budget’s RACP website.

Application Deadline: August 12, 2020

Learn More and Apply

Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund

Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief FundThe FFFI provides one-time grants to eligible food retailers in order to increase access to healthy, affordable grocery food options and to improve economic opportunities for underserved communities in urban, rural and suburban areas across the state. The state is introducing a new and complementary program to the PA FFFI for retailers that have been impacted by COVID-19. The goal of the FFFI COVID-19 Relief Fund is to provide grant support to food retailing businesses impacted by COVID-19 to ensure that amidst the pandemic, communities can maintain healthy food access. In recognition of the disproportionate impacts of both COVID-19 and food apartheid on communities made up of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and especially Black and African American communities, prioritization will be given to those businesses that are owned by and serve low-income BIPOC communities.

Applicants may be for-profit, nonprofit, or cooperative entities (such as grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood stores, bodegas, food hubs, mobile markets, co-ops, farmers markets, on-farm markets, and urban farms, community gardens and food aggregation and processing centers with a direct connection to direct-to-consumer retail outlets)

Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

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Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Rent Assistance Program

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a law to help people hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. CARES assistance is now available in Pennsylvania for rent relief and mortgage relief. Below we outline the two programs.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Rent Assistance Program

The CARES Rent Relief Program

Renters who have experienced job loss or a reduction in annual income due to the Coronavirus pandemic and landlords that have lost rental income because a renter has experienced job loss or a reduction in income as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic may be eligible to apply.

To qualify for the program, the renter must document at least a 30% reduction in income since March 1, 2020, related to COVID-19; or the renter must have become unemployed after March 1, 2020 as a result of COVID-19; and the renter’s income may not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence (and adjusted for the number people in your household). To find the Area Median Income by county, go to: o https://phfa.org/pacares/  Select “CARES RRP County Income Limits.”

The maximum amount available monthly per lessee is $750, covering no more than six (6) months of rent expenses. Check out thisRRP Application Fact Sheet to find out if you’re eligible.

If you think you are eligible for this rent relief program, please contact your local county agency.  A link to the participating agency in each county is available at https://phfa.org/pacares/.

Application Period: July 6, 2020 - September 30, 2020

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The CARES Mortgage Relief Program

The Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP) was created through funding under the CARES Act to aid in foreclosure prevention by providing emergency assistance in the form of a grant on behalf of Pennsylvania homeowners who are at least 30 days delinquent in their monthly mortgage payments. Delinquencies must be due to job loss or reduced work hours and wages as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Only payments due between March 2020  and December 2020 are eligible for assistance; assistance is capped at $1,000 per month for a maximum period of six months per mortgage for mortgages in a first or second lien position.

Homeowners who, as a result of COVID-19, became unemployed after 3/1/2020 or had their annual household income reduced by 30% due to reduced work hours and wages or lenders on behalf of homeowners whose monthly mortgage payments are 30 days or more past due and who, as a result of COVID-19, became unemployed after 3/1/2020 or had their annual household income reduced by 30% due to reduced work hours and wages may apply.

Application Period: July 6, 2020 - September 30, 2020

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DEP Small Business Advantage Grant

$1 million in grant funding is available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. New to the program this year is the opportunity for farmers to install solar pumping systems for their agricultural operations.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, are eligible.

All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted.

Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first. 

Learn More and Apply

Neighborhood Assistance Program

The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and the Neighborhood Assistance Program, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit (EZP) are now open for the 2020-21 program year.

There will be a special emphasis on and priority given to projects that seek to address the critical problems that have arisen related to the pandemic and its aftermath, social justice and support for policy changing movements, and improving opportunities for marginalized populations during the pandemic for the 2020-21 program year.

The department will also prioritize any EZP projects that provide for the manufacturing of critical and necessary medical supplies such as masks, face shields, ventilators, and other similar products, or focus on job creation. EZP is an incentive program that provides tax credits to private companies investing in rehabilitating, expanding, or improving buildings or land located within designated enterprise zones.
NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. NAP can be used for projects in categories including affordable housing, community service, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veterans’ initiatives, and long-term revitalization.

NAP has served as a resource for nonprofits, businesses, and neighborhoods for more than 30 years. The goals of NAP are to promote community participation and collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, and residents while producing outcomes that assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood. 

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

Learn More and Apply For the Neighborhood Assistance Program

Learn More and Apply For the Neighborhood Assistance Program, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

Coming Soon! Round 2 - COVID 19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19.

All businesses must apply through an eligible CDFI

Theprogram is expected to open for a second round of application submissions in August. To prepare to apply, please review the eligibility criteria at www.pabusinessgrants.com.

Coming Soon!  Upper Merion Township Board of Community Assistance

The Upper Merion Township Board of Community Assistance (BCA) application process will soon be open for a 2nd Round of 2020 awards. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a grant. Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2020.

The BCA was established in 2013 by the Board of Supervisors and Valley Forge Casino Resort to provide financial assistance to organizations via grants that benefit Upper Merion residents, and scholarships for graduating high school seniors who reside in Upper Merion Township.

So far in 2020 over $158,000 was awarded to 56 recipients – 29 Organizations, 3 Sports, and 24 Scholarships, including the General von Steuben $10,000 scholarship and five Ronald G. Wagenmann $5,000 scholarships. Since its inception, the BCA has provided more than $1,000,000 in grants to local organizations and college scholarships for Upper Merion graduates.

For more information, contact Angela Caramenico, Assistant to Township Manager,at 484.636.3860 or acaramenico@umtownship.org

Application Period: August 1, 2020 - September 15, 2020

Learn More and Apply

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