Obtaining funding for projects can be challenging, from navigating the complexities of the application process, to preparing the designs and budget outlines needed for submission and establishing relationships with funding agencies.

RETTEW’s Community Development group has successfully completed numerous applications on behalf of our clients. We work with you to define your project and develop a competitive application. Contact our funding team to learn more about the programs, eligibility, and application assistance. You can also stay up to date on funding opportunities and approaching deadlines with our funding calendar.

We look forward to working with you to identify and secure the funding resources you need to successfully complete your projects!

South Mountain Partnership’s 2024 Mini-Grant Program

South Mountain Partnership (SMP)

SMP’s Mini-Grant Program is designed to catalyze on-the-ground projects that sustain South Mountain’s sense of place through the protection and promotion of SMP’s four Landscape Resources: Natural, Cultural, Agricultural, and Recreational. Eligible projects for the Mini-Grant Program must meet these four goals:

  • Engage partners new to SMP to advance SMP’s mission
  • Implement projects throughout the landscape to protect, promote, and/or build upon the South Mountain region’s unique Landscape Resources
  • Integrate thinking and approaches across disciplines
  • Build and strengthen collaboration amongst partners across the landscape.

Single-year grant requests for a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $15,000 are considered. At the discretion of the review committee, projects between $15,000 and $25,000 that have demonstrable regional impact and integrate across multiple priority areas may be considered. To learn more about the program, please download the 2024 Mini-Grant Packet.

Eligible Entities: Non-profit organizations with a tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties, authorities, and educational institutions. Projects must be in Cumberland, Adams, Franklin, or York County.
Award Amount:
Varies; no funding range is set for grant requests
Required Match:
1:1 in-kind or cash
Pre-Applications Due:
April 26, 2024. Accepted pre-applicants will be invited to submit a final application due by June 28, 2024.

Public School Facility Improvement Grant Program

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) 

This program was created to provide grants to public school districts and area career and technical schools for eligible facility improvement projects including, but not limited to, roof repairs and replacement, boilers, plumbing, health and safety upgrades, and window repairs and replacements. Grants are available for projects with a total project cost of $500,000 or more. Please refer to the Program Guidelines for complete details.

Eligible Entities: School districts or area career and technical schools
Award Amount:
Varies; grant requests shall not exceed $5 million per eligible improvement project
Required Match:
A cash match of 25% of total eligible project costs, although no matching funds will be required for a project that is determined by the CFA to be an emergency. 
Applications Due:
May 31, 2024

MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation Grant – Letter of Inquiry

MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation

The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation strives to make youth baseball and softball more accessible through a grant program that supports:

  • Capital Projects – Field lighting, renovations, and construction
  • Baseball and Softball Programs – Includes equipment, uniforms, various fees, and field maintenance
  • Education Initiatives – Learning opportunities with baseball and softball as the focus
  • Schools – Up to $5,000 for players and infrastructure equipment.

All Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submissions must contain a completed information form, an introductory letter, and a completed budget proposal, which can be download from their website.

Eligible Entities: Organizations and individuals that have bold, innovative and creative ideas to increase opportunities for youth (elementary through high school), youth who are minorities, girls and/or located in underserved communities, to play baseball and/or softball
Award Amount:
Varies; no funding range is set for grant requests
Required Match:
None stated
Applications Due:
Accepts LOI submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year, but it can take up to six months to be awarded a grant if your application is selected. For example, if you apply for funding for your season that begins in March 2025, the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation recommends submitting your application in August 2024.