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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.
May 18, 2020 0
Provides loan and grant funds to financially distressed local governments as well as technical assistance to formulate financial recovery plans.
May 7, 2020 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 10, 2020 2
Overview The Appalachian Region, as defined in ARC’s authorizing legislation, is a 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee […]
March 30, 2020 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.
May 18, 2020 4
Overview Program provides tax credits to owners of agricultural assets who sell or rent agricultural assets to beginning farmers. The program is administered in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Revenue. Uses An owner of agricultural assets is eligible for allocation of a tax credit equal to: 5% of the lesser […]
July 14, 2020 5
Overview The Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority COVID-19 Venture Loan Program (BCVL) 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 BCVL operates pursuant to the statutory authority of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (“BFTDA”). The goal of the […]
April 29, 2020 6
Overview Grants to help groups or consortia of Pennsylvania companies position themselves at the cutting edge of emerging technologies and establish a competitive advantage through the use of advanced e-business systems. Eligibility Not-for-profit organizations; Community groups.
March 30, 2020 7
Overview The Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority 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 […]
March 30, 2020 8
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. […]
March 30, 2020 9
Overview Section 1726-K (E) of the act of June 28, 2019 (P.L. ___, No. 20), under the Fiscal Code creates within the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) the Blight Remediation Program for blight remediation, including hazard mitigation, within the commonwealth, and authorizes the Authority to adopt guidelines to ensure that grants are made available to […]
May 20, 2020 10
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. Eligibility Industrial Commercial and multi-use projects Funding Loan amount cannot exceed the amount of equity in the project. Purpose of Funding Infrastructure Site Development – Business Terms Term of […]
March 30, 2020 11
Overview Empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites. Uses All site development activities that are required to make a site shovel-ready. This program is for speculative projects only. Funds cannot be used for projects that are primarily residential or recreational. Sites must be previously utilized […]
March 30, 2020 12
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, […]
March 30, 2020 13
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 […]
March 30, 2020 14
Overview The Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit provides tax credits to eligible facilities which generate electricity by using coal refuse for power generation, control acid gases for emission control, and use ash produced by the facilities to reclaim mining-affected sites. Uses Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a qualified […]
March 30, 2020 15
Overview Community Development Block Grant – CARES (CDBG-CV) – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for a supplemental appropriation of Community Development Block Grants as authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended. Grants and technical assistance for eligible municipalities as identified under Pennsylvania […]
May 15, 2020 16
Overview Grants for federally designated disaster areas impacted by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The application process is open to those municipalities, consortia or non-profit organizations that are interested in applying for the housing component funds under the second allocation PL 113-2. DCED may at its discretion, open the application window for funding in […]
March 30, 2020 18
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 30, 2020 19
Overview Under the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, 2020 Enacted H.R. 748, 116 Enacted H.R. 748, the “CARES Act”), the U.S. Department of the Treasury is authorized to transfer funds to the Commonwealth to cover costs of the Commonwealth that: are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency […]
August 5, 2020 20
Overview The COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program provides grants to cultural organizations and museums that experienced a loss of revenue from the closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency by the Governor on March 6, 2020 published at 50 PA.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency. […]
August 3, 2020 21
Overview The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees […]
August 3, 2020 22
The 2nd application window will open 9AM on August 10th and will remain open for 15 business days, closing at 11:59PM on August 28th. Overview The COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted every Pennsylvanian in every community. The recently enacted state budget includes $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]
August 10, 2020 23
Applications are open now through July 24, 2020. Overview The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion economic relief package aims to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Act 2A of 2020, known as the COVID-19 […]
July 27, 2020 24
The COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program is now closed. Overview The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through […]
April 1, 2020 25
Renewal documents for all EITC/OSTC non-profit participants are required to be submitted annually on or after November 1st to maintain program eligibility. 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 15 – Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year […]
May 7, 2020 26
2020 Emergency Solutions Grant Award Recipients Overview Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES (ESG-CV) – 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 […]
August 7, 2020 27
Applications for ESG have been extended to 5PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Overview Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is federal grant providing funding to assist with the rapid rehousing of homeless persons, street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter activities. Funds may also be used to support the maintenance of a homeless management information system […]
March 30, 2020 28
Overview Engage! is a statewide business retention and expansion (BRE) program designed to regularly and proactively interact with targeted companies. Uses Engage! will provide grants for purposes of a systematic BRE program to assist in the identification of PA companies to target, the engagement of those companies through various outreach methods, assessment of the needs […]
March 30, 2020 29
Overview Article Act 84 of 2016 (Article XVII-D, the Entertainment Production Tax Credit) authorizes the issuances of Entertainment Economic Enhancement Program to expand the Concert Rehearsal and Tours in Pennsylvania. Uses Recipients of an Entertainment Economic Enhancement Program may use the tax credit to offset their Pennsylvania state liability or sell, assign, or transfer the […]
March 30, 2020 30
Overview Article Act 84 of 2016 (Article XVII-D, the Entertainment Production Tax Credit) authorizes the issuance of Film Production Tax Credits in an effort to expand Pennsylvania’s film industry. Uses Recipients of a Film Production Tax Credit my use the tax credit to offset their Pennsylvania state tax liability or sell, assign, or transfer the […]
March 30, 2020 31
Overview The First Industries Fund (FIF) is a program aimed at strengthening Pennsylvania’s agriculture and tourism industries through loan guarantees. The program is administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Uses Land and building acquisition and construction, machinery and equipment purchases and upgrades, […]
March 30, 2020 32
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Commonwealth Financing Authority has extended the deadline for Act 13 submissions to July 31, 2020. 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. Uses Projects authorized […]
May 18, 2020 33
Overview The Global Access Program (GAP) is designed to enhance the capability of small to mid-sized Pennsylvania companies to increase export sales. GAP is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and provides up to $5,000 per award period to qualifying Pennsylvania companies to reimburse up to 75% of eligible expenses associated […]
March 30, 2020 34
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Commonwealth Financing Authority has extended the deadline for Act 13 submissions to July 31, 2020. 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, […]
May 18, 2020 35
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. Eligibility The Commonwealth […]
March 30, 2020 36
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. Uses Projects which involve the repair, rehabilitation, or removal of all or a part of a high hazard unsafe dam. […]
March 30, 2020 37
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 […]
March 30, 2020 38
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 […]
July 14, 2020 39
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 […]
March 30, 2020 40
Overview The Pennsylvania HOME Program is a federally funded program that provides municipalities with grant and loan assistance to expand and preserve the supply of decent and affordable housing for low- and very low-income Pennsylvanians. HOME funds can be used in a variety of ways to address critical housing needs in the Commonwealth, including market-oriented […]
March 30, 2020 41
Overview The Hospital Emergency Loan Program (HELP) was established to provide critical working capital bridge financing to hospitals located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The loan funds are intended to provide a short-term financing solution for hospitals until federal grant funding through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic […]
April 21, 2020 42
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 Eligibility Public entities Private nonprofit economic development entities Companies involved in reuse of former industrial land Entities that did not cause or contribute to environmental […]
March 30, 2020 43
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. Eligibility Authorities that issue debt for Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Authorities Convention center authorities, including […]
March 30, 2020 44
JCTC 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. Eligibility Approved businesses 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 […]
March 30, 2020 45
Designation applications are accepted at all times. Overview The Keystone Communities (KC) program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The […]
March 30, 2020 46
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 […]
July 29, 2020 47
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. Eligibility Qualified businesses, property owners and residents. Qualified means you satisfactorily meet the necessary criteria listed […]
March 30, 2020 48
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 […]
March 30, 2020 49
Overview Low-interest loans to local governments for equipment and facility needs. Uses Rolling stock and data processing equipment purchases or the purchase, construction, renovation or rehabilitation of municipal facilities Eligibility Local governments with populations of 12,000 or less Funding 50% of the total cost of purchasing equipment up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% […]
March 30, 2020 50
Overview As required under 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. Eligibility The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette (RACF) is […]
March 30, 2020 51
Due to delays associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the application period has been moved to 9/1/20 – 11/30/20. 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 […]
July 29, 2020 52
Due to delays associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the application period has been moved to 9/1/20 – 11/30/20. 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 […]
July 29, 2020 53
Due to delays associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the application period has been moved to 9/1/20 – 11/30/20. Overview As required under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), the CFA has developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds in Northampton and Lehigh Counties. Uses LSA funds may be used for economic development, community development […]
July 29, 2020 54
Overview The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established the Local Share Account (LSA) – Philadelphia program to distribute a portion of slot machine license operation fees from Category 1 or 2 facilities operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and other projects in […]
March 30, 2020 55
Overview As required under 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. Eligibility The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington (RACW) is the only eligible applicant. Interested […]
March 30, 2020 56
Overview The Manufacturing PA – Industrial Resource Center (IRC) program helps manufacturers compete more effectively through the adoption of modern manufacturing philosophies, techniques, and technologies. The program supports a network of Centers that serve as resources for technology implementation in every region of the Commonwealth and serves the state’s small and medium-sized manufacturing industries. Uses […]
March 30, 2020 57
Manufacturing PA Innovation Projects Overview The Manufacturing PA Innovation Program leverages the internationally acclaimed science and engineering talent and discovery capacity of all Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to help ensure that Pennsylvania remains a national and international leader in manufacturing and achieves the full economic potential for good well-paying manufacturing jobs. Uses PMIP grant […]
March 30, 2020 58
Overview The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program will not duplicate existing programs such as WEDNet and Next Generation Industry Partnerships but is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that allows the workforce to advance and the company to grow and compete in a competitive, global economy […]
March 30, 2020 59
Overview Program provides tax credits to taxpayers who increase their annual taxable payroll by $1,000,000 through the creation of new full-time jobs. Uses Tax credit awards shall be equal to 5% of the taxpayers increase in annual taxable payroll, if increased by at least $1,000,000 above a pre-determined base year amount. Eligibility Those eligible to […]
March 30, 2020 60
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 30, 2020 61
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. Eligibility Non-profit organizations with a […]
March 30, 2020 62
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. Applications will be received between March 1st and July 31st of each year. All applications and all required supplemental information must be electronically submitted by close […]
May 14, 2020 63
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 services among multiple counties […]
March 30, 2020 64
Overview An incentive program that provides tax credits to businesses or 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. Eligibility Any private company with an investment […]
July 1, 2020 65
The Neighborhood Assistance Program 2019-2020 Approval Projects Overview Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve 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 […]
July 1, 2020 66
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. See “Where to Apply” below. Uses Acquisition, rehabilitation, land banks, demolition, redevelopment (new construction), financing mechanisms, and housing counseling. Eligibility Existing eligible NSP grantees, […]
March 31, 2020 67
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. Eligibility Venture Capital Investment Firms Funding To be determined by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Purpose […]
March 31, 2020 68
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 Eligibility Permanent Pennsylvania resident who are at least 18 at the time of the loan application […]
March 31, 2020 69
Renewal documents for all EITC/OSTC non-profit participants are required to be submitted annually on or after November 1st to maintain program eligibility. 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 […]
May 7, 2020 70
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Commonwealth Financing Authority has extended the deadline for Act 13 submissions to July 31, 2020. 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 […]
May 18, 2020 71
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 […]
March 31, 2020 72
Overview Grants for small water, sewer, storm sewer, and flood control 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 $40,000,000 was made available to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for eligible projects. Uses Activities to assist with […]
March 31, 2020 73
Overview Loan guarantee through participating banks to be used to support a wide variety of business purposes. Uses Land, building, equipment, working capital Eligibility Loan guarantee through participating banks for all businesses with capital needs (AgChoice Farm Credit funds only agricultural projects) Funding Guaranteed loans up to $500,000 Terms Rates and terms negotiated with participating […]
March 31, 2020 74
Overview Debt financing for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Uses Community and economic development loans that support job creation 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 […]
March 31, 2020 75
Overview The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 38 of 2019 for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing, and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA), under the direction of […]
March 31, 2020 76
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 Eligibility All […]
March 31, 2020 77
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 Eligibility All types of businesses and projects needing access to low-cost capital […]
March 31, 2020 78
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. Eligibility Businesses, Municipalities, Municipal Authorities, Redevelopment Authorities, Industrial Development Authorities or Corporations, Local Development Districts. […]
March 31, 2020 79
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 […]
March 31, 2020 80
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 […]
March 31, 2020 81
Overview PENNVEST provides low-interest loans and grants for new construction or for improvements to publicly or privately-owned drinking water, storm water or sewage treatment facilities, as well as non-point source pollution prevention best management practices. PENNVEST also provides loan funding to remediate brownfields sites, as well as loan funding to individual homeowners for repair or […]
March 31, 2020 82
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 […]
March 31, 2020 83
Overview Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission (PMCEC) funds may be used to support and enhance the military value of a 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. […]
March 31, 2020 84
Overview PMBDA program provides low-interest loan to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities. Uses Land and building acquisitions; Building construction and renovations; Machinery and equipment costs including acquisition and installation; Working capital Costs. Eligibility Any businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities, except non-franchised restaurants. Funding PMBDA can finance up to 90% of the […]
March 31, 2020 85
Overview PMBDA-RLFCP program provides a source of funds with extended payment terms to successful Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Community-based Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) to make low-interest loans to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities. Uses Funds to CDFIs and RLFs organizations are to be used to make smaller loans to benefit minority […]
March 31, 2020 86
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 […]
March 31, 2020 87
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 […]
March 31, 2020 88
Overview The Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) provides grants to construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks, existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, which will result in the creation of new economic base jobs in the commonwealth while providing access to natural gas for residents. Uses Funds may be used for […]
March 31, 2020 89
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 […]
March 31, 2020 90
Overview The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program (Apprenticeship Program) is a statewide program which offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development. Uses Funding will be provided to eligible applicants for the purpose of reaching the goal […]
March 31, 2020 91
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 […]
March 31, 2020 92
Overview The Private Dam Financial Assurance Program was established under the Private Dam Financial Assurance Program Act (PDFAP Act) to provide financial assurance assistance to owners of regulated private dams to meet proof of financial responsibility required under Section 11 of the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act. The PDFAP Act also has a provision to […]
March 31, 2020 93
Overview The Qualified Manufacturing Innovation and Reinvestment Deduction was established to encourage increased investment and job creation through manufacturing in Pennsylvania Uses Qualified businesses are eligible to deduct five percent of their private capital investment from their corporate net income tax liability if they invest more than $100 million in the creation of new or […]
March 31, 2020 94
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: […]
March 31, 2020 95
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 31, 2020 96
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 […]
March 31, 2020 97
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). How to Apply for R&D Credit Award File an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Applications for credit must be submitted on the new online application system. Additional Information […]
March 31, 2020 98
Overview The Rural Jobs and Investment Tax Credit Program (“Program”) is an investment tool designed to offer rural business owners access to capital for business development in rural areas. The capital is sourced to Rural Growth Funds, designated to receive up to $100 million dollars in capital contributions from investors. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is […]
March 31, 2020 99
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. Eligibility Banks that do business within Pennsylvania Funding For first two years, 50 percent of outstanding principal up to $1 million. After first […]
March 31, 2020 100
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 […]
March 31, 2020 101
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Commonwealth Financing Authority has extended the deadline for Act 13 submissions to July 31, 2020. 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 […]
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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 […]
March 31, 2020 103
Overview The Solar Energy Program (SEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of 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 […]
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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. Eligibility Pennsylvania local government Funding Grants up to $200,000 for 50 percent of total project cost. Terms Applicant must provide 50 percent match. […]
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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 […]
March 31, 2020 106
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, […]
March 31, 2020 107
Overview Article Act 84 of 2016 (Article XVII-D, the Entertainment Production Tax Credit) authorizes the issuances of Video Game Production Tax Credit to expand the video gaming production in Pennsylvania. Uses Recipients of an Video Game Production Tax Credit may use the tax credit to offset their Pennsylvania state liability or sell, assign, or transfer […]
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Overview Program provides tax credits to business firms who provide contributions to waterfront development organizations who are undertaking a waterfront development project. The program encourages private investment in waterfront property that creates public access to the water, increases property values, restores ecology and catalyzes further financial investment and job creation. The application period for businesses […]
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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Commonwealth Financing Authority has extended the deadline for Act 13 submissions to July 31, 2020. 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 […]
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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 […]
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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.
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