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Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “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.
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Act 47

03-24-2016
Provides loan and grant funds to financially distressed local governments as well as technical assistance to formulate financial recovery plans.
March 24, 2016 1
The Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE) provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).
April 4, 2016 2
The Local Development District Program provides grants to support services provided by the seven Pennsylvania Local Development Districts.
March 24, 2016 3
Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) to be used fund statewide initiatives to establish baseline water quality data on private water supplies.
July 1, 2016 4
Overview Provides funds to businesses through the four Ben Franklin Technology Partners for access to capital, business expertise, technology commercialization services to advance the development of new technologies and for the generation, conservation, and transportation of alternative and clean energy. Uses Direct company investments, business and technical support, technology and entrepreneurial infrastructure, and administrative expenses. Funding A percentage of the BFTDA appropriation in the Commonwealth’s annual budget as determined by the BFTDA Board Ben Franklin Technology […]
August 2, 2016 5
Overview This fund is a grant program administered by DCED. Funds are provided from the PUC, by an assessment of the basic rate changes of CenturyLink, Verizon and Windstream. BOAF is designed to assist rural community’s aggregate demand for broadband services. The goal is for rural communities to overcome challenges associated with low density populations and physically remote areas in procuring broadband services. Grant assistance is provided to qualified applications to implement outreach programs concerning […]
March 22, 2016 7

Building PA (BPA)

03-24-2016
Overview Provides mezzanine capital for developers for real estate assets in small to mid-sized Pennsylvania communities. Uses Real estate development in small to mid-sized PA communities. Funding Loan amount cannot exceed the amount of equity in the project. Terms Term of the loan can be no more than 10 years with a 25 year amortization. The current interest rate is posted here. How to Apply Through an approved fund manager. List of Fund Managers Purpose […]
March 24, 2016 8
Overview Empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites. Uses All site development activities are required to make a site shovel-ready. For speculative projects only. The CFA is accepting Business in Our Sites applications between February 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016. Eligible applicants with questions should call 717.787.6245. Funding No maximum or minimum, except that the maximum amount of the funding for projects located within […]
June 1, 2016 9
Overview Installment loans, lines of credit and technical assistance for minority business enterprises, women-owned business enterprises and small businesses. Uses Cash flow (working capital) – Including most business operation and expansion expenses; Equipment – includes acquisition, delivery, installation, and renovation of new and used equipment; leasehold improvements; and acquisition of owner-occupied real estate. When necessary, the participating community development financial institutions (CDFIs) will provide technical assistance to borrowers in procurement, certification as minority or women […]
March 24, 2016 10
Overview The City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) Program was created by Act 52 of 2013. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (Revenue Department), the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Governor’s Office of Budget are tasked with administration of the CRIZ Program. These guidelines provide information for municipalities looking to apply to the CRIZ Program. A CRIZ is an area of up to 130 acres, comprised of parcels designated by a […]
July 20, 2016 11
Overview The Community Based Services Tax Credit (CBSTC) establishes a tax credit program for businesses that make contributions (cash, personal property or services) to non-profit entities that provide community-based services to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The guidelines are currently under construction and will be posted when completed. Uses Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. Funding Tax credits equal to […]
March 24, 2016 12
Overview Grants for federally designated disaster areas impacted by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The application process is closed at this time. DCED may at its discretion, open the application window for funding in the future. Uses Housing rehabilitation, homebuyer assistance, housing development and other housing-related activities, infrastructure improvements, economic development and planning and technical assistance activities. DCED will be addressing the Housing Activities Component under a separate application and guidelines or through the […]
June 22, 2016 14
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a federally-funded block grant that provides funds to eligible nonprofit community-based organizations or governmental entities that work to lessen poverty in disadvantaged and low-income communities across Pennsylvania.
March 24, 2016 15
COSTARS The COSTARS program leverages procurement contracts established by the PA Department of General Services (DGS) and utilizes competitive pricing strategies to achieve the best value for member organizations. Through the COSTARS program, local government members are provided with the option to participate in cooperative purchasing opportunities for products and services such as: IT hardware and software, office supplies, voting systems, energy conservation management supplies, street lighting, signage, toiletries, uniforms, emergency responder vehicles, water and […]
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Overview Provides matching grant funds to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives. Uses Development and implementation of multi-year financial management programs and strategies. Funding Grants up to $200,000 for 50 percent of total project cost. Eligibility Pennsylvania Local Government Terms Applicant must provide 50 percent match. Refer to program guidelines for details.
March 24, 2016 17
Overview Tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Business Application Timeline May 16 – Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 16/17 to renew their 2-year commitment. May 16 – Businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment. July 1 – All other businesses including initial applicants. Pass-through entities, such as S-Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs, […]
July 13, 2016 18
Overview Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) (formerly Emergency Shelter Grant) is federal grant funding to assist with street outreach, shelter, rapid re-housing assistance, homelessness prevention, HMIS and administration. Uses Eligible activities include all activities listed in the Emergency Solution Grant Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011. Emphasis will be placed on the Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention components of the program. Funding $25,000 minimum and no maximum. Eligibility DCED will accept […]
June 20, 2016 19
Overview The purpose of the Family Savings Account (FSA) is to assist low-income families or individuals in Pennsylvania to become financially independent by helping them to acquire a long lasting and life changing asset.                                                      Uses Purchase of a home Postsecondary education Funding a business startup Funding Participants may receive up to $2,000 in matching funds. Eligibility Service Providers: Nonprofit private and public organizations. Participants (Savers): An individual or family who resides in this commonwealth […]
March 24, 2016 20

Fay-Penn Program

03-24-2016
Overview Funds are used for activities promoting economic development in that portion of Pennsylvania served by the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. Uses Activities promoting economic development in that portion of Pennsylvania served by the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. Funding As determined in the annual Fay-Penn line item budget. Eligibility The Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. Terms Please review the program guidelines.
March 24, 2016 21
Overview The Film Tax Credit Program is accepting applications for fiscal year 2015-2016. Act 55 of 2007, the Film Tax Credit Law (Act 55) was enacted and authorized the issuance of $60 million in tax credits in an effort to expand the activity of film, television and other production companies in Pennsylvania. Uses A project is eligible if at least 60 percent of the project’s total production budget is used for Qualified Pennsylvania production expenses. […]
April 1, 2016 22
Overview The First Industries Fund (FIF) is a program aimed at strengthening Pennsylvania’s agriculture and tourism industries through loans and loan guarantees. The program is administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Note: The program guidelines refer to grant funding for planning and pre-development activities. However, all grant funding has been exhausted and applications for grant funding are no longer being accepted. Uses […]
April 1, 2016 23
Overview Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for funding statewide initiatives to assist with flood mitigation projects. The application deadline for the program is June 30, 2016 for consideration at the Sept. 2016 CFA board meeting. Uses Projects authorized by a flood protection authority, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) or the U.S. Department of […]
July 1, 2016 24
Overview Designed to enhance the capability of small and mid-sized Pennsylvania companies to increase export sales, the Pennsylvania Global Access Program (GAP) is a valuable tool available to qualifying companies seeking financial assistance and foreign market entry support. Uses GAP is designed to provide flexibility and encourage innovative use of funds to meet the specific international marketing needs of the applicant. Valid uses: overseas trade show participation, overseas trade mission participation, foreign market sales trip, […]
July 25, 2016 25
Overview Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP). The application deadline for the program is June 30, 2016 for consideration at the Sept. 2016 CFA board meeting. Uses Projects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, […]
July 1, 2016 26

Growing Greener II

03-22-2016
Overview Growing Greener II – Main Street and Downtown Redevelopment Grants to municipalities and nonprofits to help a community’s downtown redevelopment effort, focusing on the improvement of downtown sites and buildings. The eligible projects may include approaches that assist in business development and/or public improvements in core communities. Uses Capital improvement costs and those costs directly related to such physical building improvements such as acquisition and pre-development costs. Funding No minimum or Maximum; Typical grants […]
March 22, 2016 27
Overview The H2O PA Act was established by the General Assembly in July 2008. The Act provides single-year or multi-year grants to the commonwealth, independent agencies, municipalities or municipal authorities for flood control projects. Uses Projects which involve construction, improvement, repair or rehabilitation of all or part of a flood control system. Funding A minimum of $500,000 or more and a maximum amount of $20 million for any project. Terms See Program Guidelines.
March 22, 2016 28
Overview The H2O PA Act was established by the General Assembly in July 2008. The Act provides single-year or multi-year grants to the state, independent agencies, municipalities, or municipal authorities for High Hazard Unsafe Dams. Applications are not being accepted at this time. Uses Projects which involve the repair, rehabilitation, or removal of all or a part of a high hazard unsafe dam. Funding A minimum of $500,000 or more and a maximum of $20 […]
March 22, 2016 29
Overview The H2O PA Act was established by the General Assembly in July 2008. The Act provides for single-year or multi-year grants to municipalities or municipal authorities to assist with the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects. Uses Activities to assist with the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects. Funding A minimum for $500,000 or more and a maximum of $20,000,000 for any project. Multi-year grants may […]
March 24, 2016 30
Overview The High Performance Building Program (HPB) provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of CFA. Uses Activities to assist with the construction or renovation associated with a […]
March 24, 2016 31
Overview The Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) provides tax credits to qualified taxpayers who will be completing the restoration of a qualified historic structure into an-income producing property. All projects must include a qualified rehabilitation plan that is approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) as being consistent with the standards for rehabilitation of historic buildings as adopted by the United States Secretary of the Interior. Uses Tax credits may be applied against […]
June 8, 2016 32

HOME

03-24-2016
Overview Federally funded program that provides municipalities with grant and loan assistance as well as technical assistance to expand the supply of decent and affordable housing for low- and very low-income Pennsylvanians. Uses New construction, rehabilitation, financing mechanisms, acquisition of rental or sales housing and rental assistance for low- and moderate-income families Funding Maximum grant is $500,000 Eligibility Local governments that are not HUD participating jurisdictions; Local government on behalf of private, non-profit and for-profit […]
March 24, 2016 33
Overview Grant and low-interest loan financing to perform environmental site assessment and remediation work at former industrial sites. Uses Phase I, II and III environmental assessments; Remediation of hazardous substances Funding Grants and loans up to $200,000 for environmental assessments; Grants and loans up to $1 million for remediation Eligibility Public entities, private nonprofit economic development entities, and companies involved in reuse of former industrial land; Entities that did not cause or contribute to environmental […]
March 24, 2016 34
Overview A multi-year grant program that will provide grants to certain issuers of debt in order to assist with the payment of debt service. Uses Payment of debt service incurred by the authority relating to debt issued for the project. Funding Grants up to $1 million for eligible cases. Eligibility Authorities that issue debt for Tax Increment Financing; Redevelopment Authorities; Convention center authorities, including municipal authorities formed for the purpose of convention center activities; The […]
March 24, 2016 35
Overview Innovate in PA is a new initiative whereby the three regional Life Sciences Greenhouses (LSGs) will receive new capital as a result of the sale of $100mm in insurance premium tax credits. Revenue generated through the sale of the tax credits will be deployed to the three LSGs through the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA). The Innovate in PA enabling legislation allows for up to 5% of the net proceeds received to be […]
March 31, 2016 36
Overview The Innovate in PA Venture Investment Program (VIP) is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania initiative intended to address the financing needs of technology-oriented businesses by increasing the amount of risk capital available. The VIP operates pursuant to the statutory authority of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (“BFTDA”). The goal of the VIP is to assist in establishing a technology-based economy within Pennsylvania, allowing Pennsylvania to compete in the global marketplace. Appendices Appendix A-Fund Questionnaire […]
March 24, 2016 37
Requirements Download the guidelines for a complete understanding of the program and the requirements. Overview Provides funds to businesses through the four Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) for access to capital, business expertise, and technology commercialization services to advance the development of new technologies. Uses Direct company investments, business and technical support, technology and entrepreneurial infrastructure, and administrative expenses. Funding Innovate in PA is a new initiative whereby the four regional Ben Franklin Technology Partners […]
March 24, 2016 38
Overview A $1,000-per-job tax credit to create new jobs in the state within three years. Uses Tax credits used to offset various business tax liabilities. Funding $1,000-per-job tax credit to approved businesses that agree to create jobs within three years. Twenty-five percent of the tax credits allocated each year must go to businesses with less than 100 employees. Eligibility Approved businesses Terms Tax credits may not be utilized by a business until the jobs are […]
March 24, 2016 39
Overview Grant funds have been committed, and applications for grant funding for this program are no longer being accepted. The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), through the Joint Opportunity Business Partnership Fund (JOB Partnership Fund), shall provide loans to private equity partnerships for investment in Pennsylvania-related companies. The nature of the investments by the private equity partnerships shall be equity or convertible debt. Uses The JOB Partnership Fund will create flexible financing […]
March 24, 2016 40
Overview Assists Pennsylvania’s communities in achieving revitalization.  The program designates and funds communities that are implementing Main Street, Elm Street, Enterprise Zone efforts or other community development efforts by supporting physical improvements to designated and/or other communities that are undertaking revitalization activities within the community.  Also, provides accessible modifications for the homes of persons with physical disabilities.  Components include: Designation and Implementation: Keystone Main Streets:  Funding and technical assistance for a community’s downtown revitalization. Keystone Elm Streets:  Funding and […]
June 30, 2016 41
Overview The Keystone Innovation Network (KIN) Program provides matching funds to create an integrated approach to local and regional innovation based economic development strategies. The KIN leverages prior state investments in established local and regional innovation assets – the Keystone Innovation Zones and Innovation Grant programs.  Through the integration of these two programs, participating companies, universities, researchers, students and entrepreneurs will realize an improved level of access to technology and resources to grow firms. The […]
March 24, 2016 42
Overview An incentive program that provides tax credits to for-profit companies less than eight years old operating within specific targeted industries within the boundaries of a Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ).  With a total pool of up to $15 million in tax credits available to KIZ companies annually, the KIZ tax credit program significantly contributes to the ability of young KIZ companies to transition through the stages of growth. Applications must be submitted on or before September […]
August 5, 2016 43
Overview Provides certain state and local tax abatement to businesses and residents locating in designated zones. Uses Businesses, property owners and residents that are located in a KOZ, KOEZ/KOIZ are eligible to receive significant state and local tax benefits. Funding Projects in KOZ/KOEZ are given priority consideration for assistance under various community and economic building initiatives. Eligibility Qualified businesses, property owners and residents. Qualified means you satisfactorily meet the necessary criteria listed in the Act […]
June 27, 2016 44
Overview The Keystone Special Development Zone (KSDZ) program was established for the purpose of providing incentives to for-profit businesses that locate and operate in designated geographic zones. Pennsylvania continues to have a surplus of abandoned, deteriorated commercial and industrial sites in need of revitalization. The KSDZ program is an incentive-based tax credit program to foster redevelopment of these former industrial and commercial sites.  Uses Tax credits used to offset various business tax liabilities.  Funding $2,100 […]
August 25, 2016 45
Overview Low-interest loans to local government for equipment and facility needs. Uses Rolling stock and data processing equipment purchases or the purchase, construction, renovation or rehabilitation of municipal facilities Funding 50% of the total cost of purchasing equipment up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of the total cost for purchase, construction of renovation of municipal facilities up to a maximum of $100,000 Eligibility Local Government with populations of 12,000 or less Terms 2% […]
March 24, 2016 46
Overview As required under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), DCED has developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds in Fayette County. Uses LSA funds may be used for economic development, community improvement and public interest projects in Fayette County. See program guidelines for additional information. Funding Grant amounts will vary based on the specific project requirements. Eligibility The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette (RACF) is the only eligible applicant. Interested entities should […]
March 24, 2016 47
Overview As required under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), the CFA has developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds in Luzerne County. Uses Projects in the public interest. See program guidelines for specific eligible uses of funds. Funding Grant amounts will vary based on the specific project requirements. Eligibility Eligible applicants include the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority and any municipality in Luzerne County. Terms See program guidelines. How to Apply Complete DCED’s Single Application […]
July 11, 2016 48
Overview As required under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), the CFA has developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds in Monroe County. Uses LSA funds may be used for economic development, community development and public interest projects in Monroe County and the following counties contiguous to:  Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne. See program guidelines for specific eligible uses of funds. Funding Grant amounts will vary based on the specific project requirements. Eligibility Eligible […]
July 6, 2016 49
Overview As required under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), the CFA has developed program guidelines for Local Share Account Funds in Montgomery County. Uses LSA funds are available for eligible projects in Montgomery County.  Grants are available for the redevelopment, reuse, or revitalization of previously developed land, development of undeveloped land, and projects which construct, expand, or improve water and wastewater infrastructure related to business development.  Planning grants are available to fund predevelopment activities and […]
July 1, 2016 50
Overview As required under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), DCED has developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds in Washington County. Uses LSA funds maybe used for economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects in Washington County. Funding Grant amounts will vary based on the specific project requirements. Eligibility Eligible applicants include Washington County, as well as economic development and redevelopment authorities within Washington County. Terms See program guidelines. How to […]
August 3, 2016 51
The Marketing to Attract Business program is intended to support the promotion of business retention, expansion and attraction. More specifically, the program provides funding for projects that demonstrate the importance of marketing the state as a destination of choice for investment and promoting the attributes and assets of individual regions.
March 24, 2016 52
Overview The Marketing to Attract Tourists Program provides funding to support and development international tourism, sports marketing, outdoor recreation, and cultural attractions. Uses A primary goal of the program is to promote overnight stays. Applicants should, as part of the project narrative, explain how their project will meet this goal. Funding Marketing to Attract Tourists Eligibility Non-profit organizations with a significant interest in the development of tourism product that provides a visitor experience to a […]
August 16, 2016 53
Overview The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. The application deadline for the program is August 1, 2016 for consideration at the November 2016 CFA board meeting. The completed hard copies of the application must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2016. Uses Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement […]
August 2, 2016 54
Overview Provides 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 three groups of activities: shared services, community planning and floodplain management. Uses Shared service activities: consolidating or regionalizing shared services among multiple counties and municipalities boundary change studies, shared personnel and shared equipment. New or expanded intergovernmental initiatives that promote local governmental […]
August 3, 2016 55
Overview An incentive program that provides tax credits to private companies investing in rehabilitating, expanding, or improving buildings or land located within designated enterprise zones. Uses Real property improvements such as rehab, expansion or physical improvements to buildings or land resulting in jobs created or retained. Funding Tax credits equal 25% of amount invested; Up to $500,000 total tax credits per project. Eligibility Any private company with an investment located in an enterprise zone. Terms […]
July 14, 2016 56
Overview Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improved distressed areas. Uses Neighborhood Assistance Program A project must serve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. Projects must fall under one of the following categories: affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance. A tax credit of up to 55% can be given. Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) Long-term collaborations (five years or more) of business, government and […]
July 14, 2016 57
Overview Grants to communities to address the housing foreclosure crisis created by subprime and other problematic mortgage lending. This program is authorized under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. DCED is also soliciting proposals for a Consortium application under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This second opportunity for funding is known as NSP2. See “Where to Apply” below. Uses Acquisition, rehabilitation, land banks, demolition, redevelopment (new construction), financing mechanisms, and housing counseling. […]
March 24, 2016 58
Overview Loans to venture capital partnerships to invest in growth-stage PA companies. Uses Investment in young job-producing companies; Investments must be made in underserved areas of PA, defined as outside the Phila. MSA and those with populations below 1 million. Funding To be determined by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Eligibility Venture Capital Investment Firms Terms Refer to the program guidelines. How to Apply Refer to the program guidelines. FAQs What exactly is the New PA […]
March 24, 2016 59
Overview Guarantees to top-tier venture capital partnerships for investments in growth stage Pennsylvania companies. Uses Guarantees on the first losses of equity investment made in Pennsylvania companies. Funding To be determined. Visit www.newpa.com for updates. Eligibility Venture Capital partnerships Terms Refer to program guidelines. How to Apply Refer to program guidelines. FAQs What is the goal of the New Pennsylvania Venture Guarantee Program? The goal of this program is to increase the amount of equity […]
March 24, 2016 60
Overview The Next Generation Farmer Loan Program uses federal tax-exempt financing to reduce a farmer’s interest rate for capital purchases, such as the purchase of farm land or agricultural machinery and equipment. Uses Agricultural land Agricultural improvements Depreciable property Funding Maximum loan amount of $520,000 with no more than $62,500 being used toward the purchase of used equipment. Eligibility Permanent Pennsylvania resident who are at least 18 at the time of the loan application Must […]
July 20, 2016 61
Overview Students and Parents How to apply for a scholarship Businesses Application Guide for Businesses The program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization. Business contributions are then used by Opportunity Scholarship Organizations to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to attend another public school outside of their district or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined […]
July 13, 2016 62
Overview Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for funding orphan or abandoned well plugging projects using the Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program (OAWP). Pennsylvania has hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells drilled since 1859. This program provides a mechanism to plug abandoned and orphaned wells that have the potential to cause health, safety or environmental concerns. The application deadline for the […]
July 1, 2016 63
Overview The Life Sciences Greenhouses are models of effectiveness and efficiency. They capture the innovation potential of the life sciences industry and nurture that potential with critical early-stage funding and sector-specific business expertise. Pennsylvanians benefit directly as new companies are formed, jobs are created, additional capital is attracted to the commonwealth, and life-saving technologies reach patients. Uses Funding is administered through the Life Science Greenhouses to businesses that support the accomplishment of the mission of […]
March 31, 2016 64
Overview Grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects. Pursuant to Article XVII-A , § 1774.1-A, of the Act of April 9, 1929, P.L. 343, as amended (The Fiscal Code) the sum of $22,000,000 was made available to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for water and sewer and projects. Applications will be accepted between August 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016. Uses Activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair […]
August 1, 2016 65
Overview Loan guarantee through participating banks to be used to support a wide variety of business purposes. Uses Land, building, equipment, working capital Funding Guaranteed loans up to $500,000 Eligibility Loan guarantee through participating banks for all businesses with capital needs (AgChoice Farm Credit funds only agricultural projects) Terms Rates and terms negotiated with participating bank Program provides guarantee for bank loan Term loan or line of credit Refer to the program brochure How to […]
May 4, 2016 66
Overview Debt financing for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Uses Community and economic development loans that support job creation Funding Loans from $250,000 to $5 million Eligibility Debt financing for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Public funds (25 percent) matched with private sector funds (75 percent) to create a loan pool for eligible CDFIs State accredited community development financial institution CDFI must meet state accreditation standards and program underwriting guidelines Minimum two years lending experience […]
March 24, 2016 67
Overview Tax-exempt bonds, both in pooled transactions and stand-alone transactions, may be used to finance land, building, equipment, working capital and (in some cases) refinancings. Uses land and building acquisition building renovation and new construction machinery and equipment acquisition and installation designated infrastructure refinancing (of bonds that were also tax-exempt initially) working capital Funding Loans no less than $400,000 Up to 100% of project costs Eligibility All types of businesses and projects needing access to […]
April 18, 2016 68
Overview Taxable bonds, both in pooled transactions and stand-alone transactions, may be used to finance land, building, equipment, working capital and refinancings. Uses land and building acquisition building renovation and new construction machinery and equipment acquisition and installation designated infrastructure refinancing working capital Funding Loans no less than $400,000 Up to 100 percent of project costs Eligibility All types of businesses and projects needing access to low-cost capital Terms The weekly variable interest rates for pooled […]
April 18, 2016 69
Overview Pennsylvania First (PA First) is a comprehensive funding tool to facilitate increased investment and job creation within the commonwealth. Uses Machinery/equipment; Job training; Infrastructure; Land and building improvements; Environmental assessment/remediation; Acquisition of land, buildings, right-of-ways; Working capital; Site preparation, demolition, clearance Funding Grants Loans Loan Guarantees Eligibility Businesses, or IDCs, municipalities or authorities on behalf of businesses, which will create or preserve a significant number of jobs and will make a significant investment within […]
March 24, 2016 70
Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Overview The PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.  Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA to administer the program. Uses Land and building acquisitions; Construction and renovation costs; Machinery and equipment purchases; Working capital and accounts […]
March 24, 2016 71
Overview Low-interest loans for the design, engineering, right-of-way and repair, reconstruction and construction of public highways, bridges, public and private airports and railroads and public transportation systems. Uses Roadway and bridge construction and repair, traffic signals, roadway drainage improvements, airport runways, hangars and equipment, railroad track, equipment and signals, and public transportation capital facilities and purchases. Funding There is no set minimum or maximum loan amount. Construction receives the highest priority. Up to 100% of […]
March 24, 2016 72
Overview Low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems. Uses Design, engineering and construction costs associated with publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater collection, conveyance, treatment facilities and Brownfield site remediation. Funding Funding packages up to $11 million per project for one municipality; Up to $20 million […]
March 24, 2016 73
Overview The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) is a collaboration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) at Lehigh University, and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. The mission of the PITA program is to assist the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and companies within the Commonwealth to increase operating efficiency and to enhance economic development. Uses The PITA grant funds are used for staff […]
May 11, 2016 74
Overview Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commissiont (PMCEC) funds may be used to support and enhance the military value of an military installation or organization.  See program guidelines for eligible activities. Uses PMCEC Grant funds may be used to support and enhance the military value of an installation or organization.  See program guidelines for eligible activities. Funding Funding amounts vary. Eligibility Local Defense Groups PMCEC Annual Report PMCEC Annual Report Additional Information PMCEC Installation Reference Manual […]
July 20, 2016 75
Overview Low-interest loan financing to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities. Uses Land and building acquisition; Building, construction and renovation; Machinery and equipment acquisition and installation; Working capital Funding Manufacturing, industries, high-tech, international trade or franchise companies: Loans up to $500,000 (within Enterprise Zone, $750,000) or 75% of total eligible project costs, whichever is less. Retail or commercial firms: Loans up to $250,000 (within Enterprise Zone, $350,000) or 75% of total eligible project costs, […]
March 24, 2016 76
Overview Low-cost loans to enterprises with job-creating projects located within the state’s federally-designated EB5 regional center. The federal EB5 investor program grants eligible foreign investors the opportunity to obtain an EB5 visa if they commit to invest funds in job-producing development projects in the United States. Funds may be used to finance new construction, the acquisition of plant, property and equipment, building rehabilitation, tenant improvements and working capital. Uses new construction land and building acquisition and […]
March 24, 2016 77
Overview The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) helps Pennsylvania companies improve their competitiveness, by providing a limited amount of free technical assistance to resolve specific technical questions or needs, while it facilitates connections to other relevant information, resources and/or programs. PennTAP is a statewide network of geographically-dispersed technical specialists with expertise in a variety of focus areas, including advanced information technology, environmental compliance, energy efficiency and conservation, operations improvement, occupational safety and health, product development, […]
March 24, 2016 78

Powdered Metals

05-11-2016
Overview The Powdered Metals Program provides training programs for the existing workforce supported through Penn State and the regional community education councils. The program makes use of the facilities in the schools within the north central Pennsylvania region, such as the metalworking facility at St. Marys High School and the laboratory at the Penn State DuBois campus. Uses The Powdered Metals grant funds are used for equipment and training related to the powdered metals industry. […]
May 11, 2016 79
Overview The Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) is designed to encourage regional coordination in economic development efforts, yielding superior customer service to the business community and a comprehensive, efficient statewide economic delivery strategy.   Learn more about the ten PREP regions. Uses PREP will provide grants to consortia of economic development service providers that may co-locate, develop formal partnership agreements, or otherwise create a coordinated and performance-based service delivery system that ensures each inquiry or […]
August 17, 2016 80
Overview Grants to build or repair rail lines or spurs. Uses Rail Freight: Maintenance; construction Funding Up to $750,000 or no greater than 75% of total cost, whichever is less, for maintenance projects; Up to $100,000 or no greater than 50%, whichever is less, for construction projects Eligibility Railroads; Rail freight users Terms Local match: 25% for maintenance, 50% for construction; Agreement to maintain active rail operations for 5 years How to Apply PennDOT – […]
April 15, 2016 81
The RIM grant program is designed to support the marketing initiatives of regional alliances that adopt DCED’s industry-focused economic development model as part of a comprehensive business expansion and investment attraction initiative.
March 24, 2016 82
Overview The Renewable Energy Program (REP) provides financial assistance in the forms of grant and loan funds to promote the use of alternative energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Uses Activities to assist with geothermal technologies and wind energy projects. Funding Loans Loans for component manufacturers of renewable […]
March 24, 2016 83
Overview Allows companies holding qualifying Research and Development Tax Credits to apply for approval to sell those tax credits and assign them to the buyer(s). Uses Applied research and development expenditures Funding Ten percent tax credit of company’s increased research and development expenses over a base period (prorated to not exceed $15 million annual cap for all businesses) Up to 20 percent of total pool set aside for small businesses Eligibility Businesses qualifying for the federal Research […]
March 24, 2016 84
Overview Loan Guarantees for working capital for 2-7 yr old manufacturing, biotech and technology-oriented companies Uses Preference will be given to guarantees for working capital. Land, building, machinery and equipment are also eligible. Funding For first two years, 50 percent of outstanding principal up to $1 million. After first two years, 25 percent of outstanding principal amount. Eligibility Banks that do business within Pennsylvania Terms Program Guidelines to be approved and issued by Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA). […]
March 24, 2016 85

Section 108 Program

03-24-2016
Overview Section 108 enables states and local governments participating in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to obtain federally guaranteed loans to fund large economic development projects and undertake revitalization activities. Under Pennsylvania’s initiative to use Section 108 the loans are guaranteed by the Commonwealth, committing the use of future CDBG funds to pay off the loan in case of default. Standards for Underwriting Uses Acquisition Rehabilitation Relocation Clearance Site preparation Special economic development […]
March 24, 2016 86
Overview Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for statewide initiatives for complying with the Act of January 24, 1966 (1965 P. L. 1535, No. 537), known as the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act. The application deadline for the program is June 30, 2016 for consideration at the Sept. 2016 CFA board meeting. Uses Costs associated with the planning work required under Act 537. […]
July 1, 2016 87
Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program Overview The Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to small diverse businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the Commonwealth. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA to administer the program. Uses Land and building acquisitions; Construction […]
June 8, 2016 88
Overview The Solar Energy Program (SEP) provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to promote the use of alternative solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA is temporarily not accepting applications for the Solar Energy program as the guidelines are currently being updated […]
March 24, 2016 89
Overview Promotes and stimulates the general economic welfare of various regions and communities in the Commonwealth and assists in the development, redevelopment and revitalization of Brownfield and Greenfield sites in accordance with the TIF Act. The program provides credit enhancement for TIF projects to improve market access and lower capital costs through the use of guarantees to issuers of bonds or other indebtedness. Uses Infrastructure and environmental projects for industrial enterprises and retail establishments; Infrastructure, […]
March 24, 2016 90
Overview The Tourism Accredited Zoos Program provides funding to Pennsylvania accredited zoos designated by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Zoological Association of America (ZAA). The mission of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Accreditation Commission is to establish, uphold, and raise the highest zoological and aquarium industry standards through self-evaluation, on-site inspection, and peer review. ZAA promotes responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both privately funded and […]
August 16, 2016 91
Overview PennWorks is a program to ensure safe water supply and proper wastewater infrastructure. Applications are not being accepted at this time. Uses For water and sewer projects not used solely for residential purposes: Land and building acquisition; Demolition; Water/sewer project construction costs; Engineering and other fees associated with project. Funding Grants: $5 million maximum or 75% of the total eligible project costs, which ever is less. Loans: $5 million maximum per project. 2% interest […]
March 24, 2016 92
Overview Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for watershed restoration and protection projects. The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. The application deadline for the program is […]
July 1, 2016 93
Overview Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program increases energy efficiency in homes by reducing energy costs and increasing comfort while safeguarding health and safety. Learn More Uses On site energy audits are conducted to assess conditions in homes and to identify the most cost-effective energy saving measures to be installed. Weatherization services include but are not limited to: Blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home Installation of attic, wall, basement […]
May 10, 2016 94

WEDnetPA

07-26-2016
Created by the Department of Community & Economic Development and made available through the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania – WEDnetPA – the program provides qualified employers training funds for new and existing employees.
July 26, 2016 95
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