Available Pennsylvania Grants as of April 27, 2020

Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES ACT

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for a supplemental appropriation of Homeless Assistance Grants under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) as authorized by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (P.L. 100-77), as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-22) (42 U.S.C.S.§11371 et. seq.) The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), has received the first allocation of ESG-CV funds – an appropriation of $19,920,655. DCED’s priority for the use of these ESG funds will be to assist homeless providers and communities prepare for, prevent the spread of and respond to the coronavirus. DCED will use the ESG CARES funding to support applicants who will work to end or prevent homelessness quickly and as efficiently as possible for all vulnerable populations. Eligible applicants include general-purpose unit of local government, including cities, boroughs, and townships, towns, counties, home rule municipalities, and communities that desire to apply “on behalf of” other municipalities. Local governments may apply “on behalf of” nonprofit organizations. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply only for a regional project as long as it demonstrates a regional need and serving multiple counties. (DCED defines “regional” as more than one county.) The minimum grant is $50,000 and there is no max. There is no match requirement.

Deadline: June 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

Facebook Small Business Grant

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants to small businesses located in Allegheny County. To be eligible to apply, your business must have between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over one year and have experienced challenges from COVID-19 and be or near a location where Facebook operates (Allegheny County is the only eligible area in Pennsylvania).

Deadline: May 8, 2020. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized to provide financial, technical ,and other assistance to state officials in cooperative efforts to organize, train, and equip local forces in rural areas or communities under 10,000 in population to prevent, control, and suppress fires which threaten: Human life, Livestock, Wildlife, Crops, Pastures, Orchards, Woodlands, Farmsteads, Other improvements in rural areas.

Deadline: May 21, 2020. Click here for more information.

Abandoned Mine Drainage Program

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for abandoned mine drainage, abatement, and treatment. Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) is one of the largest sources of stream impairment in Pennsylvania. Billions of gallons of AMD impair over 5,500 miles of streams within the Commonwealth. Grants up to $1,000,000, 15% match. Eligible projects involve the reclamation of Abandoned Mine Well(s), construction of a new AMD site, remediation and repair of existing AMD project sites, operation and maintenance maintaining current AMD remediation sites, establishment of trust fund to ensure ongoing maintenance is achieved, and monitoring of water quality to track or continue to trace non-point source load reductions resulting from AMD remediation projects.

Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used fund state-wide initiatives to establish baseline water quality data on private water supplies. Grants up to $250,000, 15% match. Eligible projects are those that will use accepted scientific principles and practices for water sample collection and analysis to document existing groundwater quality conditions.

Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

Flood Mitigation Program (FMP)

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for funding statewide initiatives to assist with flood mitigation projects. Grants awarded up to $500,000, 15% required match. Projects must be identified by a local government for flood mitigation. Funds can be used for construction, rehab or repair of flood control projects.

Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP)

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. Grants up to $250,000, 15% match required.

Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grant

The PA Department of Environmental Protection is offering reimbursement to registered sponsors of collection programs for household hazardous waste, electronics, and tires (but not tire pile cleanups). Reimbursement available for up to 50 percent of eligible costs. Eligible costs typically include collection, transportation and management of the wastes plus education programs.

Click here for more information.

Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program

Driving PA Forward is an initiative created to improve air quality in Pennsylvania and transform older, polluting diesel engines to clean technologies. The primary goal of this program is to improve the Commonwealth’s air quality by reducing NOx emissions produced by nonroad equipment like freight switcher locomotives, ferries, and tugboats.

Deadline: June 5, 2020. Click here for more information.

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Kimberly Hileman

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Kimberly Hileman has over 10 years of experience working in the government affairs industry at the local, state and federal level. She has been successful in advising clients on various legislative issues and has the ability to bring the right people together to achieve sustained success for her clients. Kimberly has an impressive track record of securing state and local grants for her client's capital and operating needs and executing effective government affairs strategies on their behalf.

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Andrew has over 10 years of experience in government affairs. Prior to joining Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, Andrew founded and served as Principal of Four Lights Research Solutions, LLC, a consulting company based in Harrisburg. Andrew also served Governor Tom Corbett’s administration as Executive Deputy Policy Director where he specialized in statewide policy matters such as correctional reform, gaming, liquor control and transportation.

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