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Multi-Municipal Planning and Community Sustainability Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Municipalities for Collaborative
Economic and Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

GrantWatch ID#: 176523
Agency Type:

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Local Government Academy (LGA)


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Grants of up to $8,500 to Pennsylvania municipal governments to plan and implement multi-municipal sustainability initiatives. Applicants are required to meet with program staff prior to submitting an application. Proposals will be considered according to the following priorities:

1) The urgency of social, economic and natural environmental issues that will be addressed in the planning process and the degree to which the process will attempt to deal with the causes of these issues;

2) The number of municipalities in the group;

3) Involvement of County and/or COG as demonstrated by their participation in the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement (ICA) establishing the planning group.

A $500 total one-time grant is available to cover costs of conducting public education or meetings to convene municipal officials and citizens on multi-municipal planning or sustainable development. This grant may be requested by a letter from each participating municipality to the program manager. If desired, the program manager is available to assist with the workshops and public meetings. This grant is separate from subsequent requests.

Up to $8,500 per municipality may be used to hire assistance for:

1) Preparation of a multi-municipal comprehensive plan consistent with the MPC and smart land use principles.

2) Preparation of zoning and subdivision/land development ordinances that will implement the comprehensive plan and that are generally consistent with it.

3) Projects implementing multi-municipal planning priorities. Such projects could include:

-Review, development, and implementation of a Transfer of Development Rights program.

-An in-depth analysis of the traffic on a highway corridor to determine if it can fulfill a complete streets concept (sidewalks, bike lanes, trees) or if traffic calming or expediting measures can be taken such as access management including frontage roads, traffic circles, etc.

-Market analysis of a corridor to determine what goods and services can be offered with the hope of commercial success.

-Other implementation projects defined in the multi-municipal comprehensive plan which would affect more than one municipality but need a more in-depth analysis. Cooperative projects are intended to supplement, not replace, an analysis that should be included in the comprehensive plan scope of work. Local Government Academy staff will review requests during its regular grant approval process to make this determination. LGA places a priority on the successful implementation of planning projects and will consider applications for implementing projects that may run concurrent to the comprehensive planning project.

4) Community Sustainability Grants to municipalities for the purpose of conducting full-scale assessments of community sustainability and the formation of implementation plans creating socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities, as part of a comprehensive planning process. Assessment tools can include the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, Sustainable Community Solutions Consultancy from Sustainable Pittsburgh, or other community sustainability assessment tools as approved by Local Government Academy.

Up to $8,500 per municipality.

A $500 one-time grant is available for public education and planning meetings.

Eligible Applicants:

-Two or more municipalities committed to prepare a multi-municipal comprehensive plan as authorized in Article III and XI of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC);

-Municipalities implementing components of multi-municipal comprehensive plans;

-Municipalities participating in assessments of community-scale sustainability and forming implementation plans creating socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities.

The program accepts applications at any time; however reviews take place twice annually. The Academy received applications May 1 and November 1 of each year.

Municipalities must first Contact LGA at 412-586-5659 to discuss proposals. A meeting with the program manager (LGA) is required. This must include the individual who will be the lead person throughout the process from each municipality in a group wishing to produce a multi-municipal comprehensive plan.

A webinar on Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification may be found here:

Municipalities must provide at least 10 percent of the total cost in cash.


Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Local Government Academy
1501 Preble Avenue, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15233


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