Here at RETTEW we work with our clients to explore traditional, creative, and alternative funding sources that match project needs, but we also strive to do more than just complete the paperwork for an application. We can assist with piecing together multiple funding sources and developing a funding strategy – and then serve as a partner and advocate to implement the strategy.

As an additional service, RETTEW continually identifies and evaluates funding opportunities for businesses, municipalities, individuals, and nonprofit organizations throughout the year and showcases just a few of them here. Sign up to receive our monthly Focus on Funding newsletter and stay up-to-date with the latest funding opportunities!

Growing Greener Plus Grants Program

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)

The PA DEP’s Growing Greener Plus Grants Program funds watershed planning, restoration, and protection efforts. The three grant programs that comprise Growing Greener Plus are Growing Greener (Watershed Restoration and Protection), Act 167 Stormwater Management Planning Grants, and the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Grants, otherwise known as SMCRA (Bond Forfeiture) Grants.  Eligibility varies by grant program. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s eGrants system.

June 2, 2023, is the deadline for all Growing Greener grant applicants to contact the appropriate PA DEP staff, as well as your County Conservation District Watershed Specialist, to discuss your anticipated project.

New This Year:

  • The maximum grant request amount is $500,000. Applications requesting more than $500,000 are considered ineligible.
  • Abandoned Mine Drainage Set-Aside Grants are no longer part of the Growing Greener Plus Grants Program.
  • Applicants must complete and submit a project workplan as part of the application package. This will help to streamline the review timeframe and reduce redundancy of application materials while ensuring consistency.

Award Amount: Varies; $500,000 maximum
Required Match: Varies by program
Applications Due: June 23, 2023, by 11:59 PM

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

U.S. Department of Transportation

Open to counties, cities, towns, townships, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other eligible applicants, the SS4A Grants program provides funds to improve roadway safety by reducing or eliminating roadway fatalities and injuries.

  • Planning and Demonstration Grants – Used to develop, complete, or supplement a comprehensive safety action plan and carry out demonstration activities that inform an action plan.
  • Implementation Grants – Used to implement strategies or projects consistent with an existing action plan; may also bundle funding requests for supplemental planning and demonstration activities that inform an action plan.

Award Amount: Planning and Demonstration Grants: $100,000 – $10 million, with larger award amounts for MPOs; Implementation Grants: $2.5 million – $25 million
Required Match: At least 20% local match of eligible activity costs. Matching fund must be from non-federal sources and may include funding from the applicant.
Applications Due: July 10, 2023, by 5:00 PM (EDT) 

Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Transportation Enhancements Grant Program – Opens June 1

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

PennDOT will accept applications for its Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancements Grant Program (ARLE Funding Program) from June 1 through June 30, 2023. Applications will be accepted for those applicants who completed and submitted the preapplication scoping form by the April 30 deadline. According to the PennDOT website, ARLE Funding Program applications must be submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Single Application for Assistance site.

Award Amount: Varies; no minimum or maximum grant request requirements
Required Match: None, but cost sharing is encouraged; this is a reimbursement grant program.
Applications Due: June 30, 2023