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Blight Remediation Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Government Entities, Housing and Development
Organizations, and Land Banks for Community Improvement Projects

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) - Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities, government entities, housing and development organizations and authorities, and land banks for community improvement projects. Funding is intended for planning or remediation projects to acquire and improve properties in all geographic areas of the commonwealth. Funding is specifically intended for blight remediation, including hazard mitigation.

Eligible Blight Remediation Program projects must be undertaken by an eligible applicant and include:

  1. Planning Projects – These projects involve the development of a comprehensive blight plan. Eligible projects also include code enforcement technical assistance and the completion of reuse feasibility studies on blighted properties.
  2. Remediation Projects – These projects involve the acquisition, demolition, and/or rehabilitation of blighted properties or properties affected by natural disasters to also include the clearing and preparing of land for future use and projects resulting in visible improvements.

Note: Planning and Remediation projects may not be intermingled. Applications may be submitted for a Planning Project OR a Remediation Project.

Eligible Use of Funds:

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

1. Demolition and Clearing of blighted property and property impacted by natural disaster to include:

a. Demolition and resulting costs, including environmental remediation, related to the clearing and preparation of land for future use. Construction contingencies are limited to 5% of actual construction costs.

b. Related engineering, design, and inspection costs specific to demolition not to exceed 10% of grant award.

2. Planning Projects that “lay the groundwork” for future land acquisition, redevelopment and/or management of blighted properties. This includes the development of an official blight plan, technical assistance related to code enforcement improvement, and reuse feasibility studies.

a. Blight plans must identify, at a minimum, address and ownership status of each problem property, relevant locational information (e.g. is it located on a gateway street, in the central business district, in a floodplain, etc.), and existing tools to address blight.

3. Acquisition of blighted, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, and properties impacted by natural disaster, to include related closing and settlement costs.

a. Acquisition projects must be part of a project to mitigate the blight on the acquired property and may not be purchased solely for the purpose of site control and inventory.

4. Rehabilitation or Reconstruction of blighted properties and/or properties impacted by natural disaster to include activity necessary to remediate safety hazards or improve the appearance of the property.

5. Administrative costs of the applicant necessary to administer the grant. Administrative costs may include advertising and legal costs as well as documented staff expenses. Administrative costs shall not exceed 2% of the grant award with the exception of Land Banks whose administrative costs shall not exceed 4% of the grant award. Administrative costs may not be included as match for this program. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190435

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grant requests/awards may not exceed $25,000.
Remediation grant requests/awards may not exceed $300,000.

Term of Contract:

The project may not commence prior to the approval of Blight Remediation Program assistance. Project costs incurred prior to approval are ineligible for reimbursement or consideration as match.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
Any of the following entities may apply for a grant under the Blight Remediation Program:
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. Land Banks
4. Redevelopment Authorities
5. Housing Authorities
6. Community Development Corporations
7. Economic Development Organizations
8. Housing Corporations

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 06/01/2020 and 7/31/2020. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by 5 pm on 7/31/2020.

Projects require a 10% cash match of the total eligible project cost. The match requirement may be waived for municipalities with a median household income below 80% of the state median household income.

Application Fee: The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for Blight Remediation Program applications. Payment of the application fee must be completed prior to the certification and submission of the Electronic Single Application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx

Program inquiries should be directed to:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Center for Community Enhancement
Blight Remediation Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Telephone: (717) 787-6245
E-mail: ra-dcedcbf@pa.gov

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