Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) - Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA)
07/31/20 5:00 PM
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:
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#: 190435
Planning grant requests/awards may not exceed $25,000.
Remediation grant requests/awards may not exceed $300,000.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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
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