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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Businesses for Waste Management Projects

Sewage Facilities Program (SFP)

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #142705

Grant Description

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, businesses, and watershed organizations for waste management projects. Funding is intended for administrative costs as well as costs associated with meeting existing sewage disposal needs and preventing future problems through the proper planning, permitting, and design of all types of sewage facilities.

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.

Funds may be used by the applicant to pay for any of the following eligible project costs:

  1. Costs associated with the planning work required under the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act.
  2. Administrative costs of the applicant necessary to administer the grant. Administrative costs will include advertising, legal, and audit costs as well as documented staff expenses. Administrative costs shall not exceed 2% of the grant.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any of the following entities may apply for a grant under the Sewage Facilities Program (SFP):

1. Municipality – Any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality.

2. Councils of Governments – An entity organized by units of local government under an intergovernmental agreement, which provides cooperative planning, coordination and technical assistance to its member governments on issues of mutual concern that cross jurisdictional lines, and which does not act under the direction and control of any single member government.

3. Authorized Organization – An entity involved in research, restoration, rehabilitation, planning, acquisition, development, education or other activities, which furthers the protection, enhancement, conservation, preservation or enjoyment of this commonwealth’s environmental, conservation, recreation or similar resources. The organization must be a tax-exempt institution under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c) (3)) and registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations or an educational institution involved in these authorized activities or a municipal authority.

4. Institution of Higher Education – An entity that is an accredited university, college, seminary college, community college or two-year college.

5. Watershed Organization – An entity recognized by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the PA Department of Environmental Protection that was established to promote local watershed conservation efforts in an identified watershed.

6. For Profit Businesses – other than “producers” of natural gas as defined in Act 13.

Ineligible costs include but are not limited to public relations, outreach, communications, lobbying, litigation, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, application preparation fees and other costs incurred prior to the approval of grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted between February 1st and May 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by May 31st.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for Sewage Facilities Program applications.

An eligible applicant shall provide matching funds of not less than 50% of the total project cost.

To be eligible for reimbursement, project costs must be incurred within the time frame established by the grant agreement.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant amount for planning projects is $100,000.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

For technical inquiries regarding the submission of the on-line application, contact the Customer Service Center at (800) 379-7448 or (717) 787-3405.

Program inquiries should be directed to:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Finance and Workforce Development - CFA Programs Division
Sewage Facilities Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Telephone: (717) 787-6245
Fax: (717) 772-3581

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