Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, authorized organizations, IHEs, and watershed organizations for projects that bring sewage facilities into compliance with current statewide regulations. Funding through this program is designated for statewide initiatives that comply with 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.
GrantWatch ID#: 142705
Maximum grant amount for planning projects is $100,000.
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 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the 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.
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.
An eligible applicant shall provide matching funds of not less than 50% of the total project cost. No funds from this Act will be authorized if these entities already received reimbursement for their eligible projects from the commonwealth for their activities.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for Sewage Facilities program applications. The application fee is due at the time of submission and should be made payable to the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For technical inquiries regarding the submission of the online application, contact the Customer Service Center at (800) 379-7448 or (717) 787-3405.
Hard copies should be mailed to:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Financing – CFA Programs Division
Sewage Facilities Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
P: (717) 787-6245
F: (717) 772-3581