State Facility Closure Transition Program (SFCTP)
The General Appropriation Act of 2020 (1A of 2020) and the Supplement to the General Appropriation Act of 2020 (Act 17A of 2020) together appropriated a combined total of $5,000,000 to establish the State Facility Closure Transition Program (SFCTP). The SFCTP is intended to ensure adequate community support following the closure of commonwealth facilities in directly impacted and contiguous counties.
Grant funds provided under the SFCTP must be used to support counties impacted or that will be impacted by state facility closures. Eligible counties are encouraged to comprehensively evaluate their countywide needs and distribute the grant funds as equitably as possible. All expenditures must be incurred by the end of the contract period. Eligible use of funds for the SFCTP may include, but are not limited to:
- Environmental assessments, remediation of hazardous substances to reclaim brownfields, demolition, and/or rehabilitation of blighted properties and other site preparations work necessary to prepare land for future use.
- Construction, upgrade or rehabilitation of infrastructure necessary to help improve services to the community, attract businesses or increase tourism to the area including main street improvements.
- The development of a comprehensive regional plan to address blight, attract businesses and or increase tourism to the region.
- Offsetting cost of direct county response, planning, and outreach efforts related to the closure of the facility(s).
- Retraining, apprenticeship, or other workforce development programs for commonwealth residents.
- Behavioral Health & Substance use disorder treatment services.
- Grant programs administered by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) or Community Economic Development Organizations (CEDOs) to assist small businesses directly affected by closure of the facility(s).
- Broadband internet deployment with priority given to unserved or underserved areas.
- Administrative costs, permit fees, legal costs, and expenses for other professional services (maximum 2%).
Eligible counties under this program include: Butler, Carbon, Clarion, Columbia, Crawford, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Mercer, Monroe, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Venango.
How to Apply
Applications are due no later than 03/31/2021. All applications for the SFCTP must be completed and submitted online using DCED’s Single Application. Paper applications will not be accepted.
This program is SPECIFIC and EXCLUSIVE to 13 counties.