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!

AARP Community Challenge


Part of the AARP Livable Communities initiative, the AARP Community Challenge offers small grants for projects to help make communities more livable for people of all ages. Three types of quick-action grants are available: Flagship Grants, Capacity-Building Microgrants, and Demonstration Grants.

Eligible Entities: 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) non-profits (must be recognized by the IRS to receive funds), government entities, and other types (considered on a case-by-case basis)
Award Amount: Varies
Required Match: Not required
Applications Due: March 6, 2024, by 5:00 PM (ET)

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chesapeake Bay Program

NFWF is offering funding through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for its Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Program. Eligible projects within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed promote voluntary, community-based efforts to protect and restore the habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. This program offers two funding opportunities, SWG Implementation (SWG-I) and SWG Planning and Technical Assistance (SWG-PTA). Applicants should review the CBSF Quick Reference Guide to compare and evaluate the programs.

Eligible Entities:
SWG-I: 501(c) non-profits, community-based organizations, local and municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and K-12 educational institutions. other types (considered on a case-by-case basis)
SWG-PTA: State government agencies and institutions of higher education plus all SWG-I eligible organizations.
Award Amount:
Varies by opportunity
Required Match:
Not required
Applications Due: April 3, 2024, by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)

Act 13 Programs – Marcellus Legacy Fund

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

CFA is accepting applications for seven programs funded through Act 13 of 2012. Applicants are strongly urged to share their intent to apply with their Pennsylvania state representative and state senator. All applications require a $100 non-refundable fee to be paid electronically prior to submission. For more information on these programs, please download our supplement, Act 13 Funding Opportunities. For questions about the CFA programs or the application process, please contact our funding team. We would love to help you identify and secure the resources you need!

  • Greenways, Trails, and Recreation
  • Watershed Restoration and Protection
  • Baseline Water Quality Data
  • Flood Mitigation
  • Sewage Facilities
  • Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment
  • Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging.

Did You Know? If you plan to apply to the PA DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2), the Act 13 funding opportunities Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program and Watershed Restoration and Protection Program will fund similar types of projects and can be used to match C2P2.

Eligible Entities: Varies
Award Amount: Varies
Required Match: Varies
Applications Due: May 31, 2024