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, and nonprofit organizations throughout the year and showcases just a few of them here. Stay up to date on funding opportunities and approaching deadlines with our funding calendar.

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 two grant programs that comprise Growing Greener Plus are Growing Greener (Watershed Restoration and Protection) and the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Grants, otherwise known as SMCRA (Bond Forfeiture) Grants. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s eGrants system.

May 31, 2024, 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:

  • Design and permitting for agriculture-related projects in the Pennsylvania port of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are eligible for Growing Greener funding. Agricultural construction projects will also be considered. However, Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan Countywide Action Plan and statewide Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program funding should be the priority funding source for those types of projects.
  • Act 167 Stormwater Management Planning Grants Program is no longer available.
  • Growing Greener Watershed Renaissance Initiative has been expanded statewide.

Eligible Entities: Varies by grant program
Award Amount:
Varies; $500,000 maximum
Required Match:
Varies by program
Applications Due:
June 21, 2024, by 11:59 PM

Lancaster Clean Water Fund

Lancaster County Community Foundation and Lancaster Clean Water Partners

A catalyst for increased collaboration to efficiently achieve clean and clear water in Lancaster County by 2040, this grant provides a unique opportunity for education, restoration, and protection projects to improve water quality. Although optional, applicants are encouraged to submit a draft application by June 3, 2024, for staff feedback.

Eligible Entities: 501(c)(3) community benefit organizations or municipalities that meet the specific eligibility criteria
Award Amount:
Grants range from $1,000-$25,000 with $80,000 available in total
Required Match:
Applications Due:
July 1, 2024, by 11:59 PM

Transportation Infrastructure Safety Improvement Program (TISIP)

Dauphin County Economic Development Corporation

TISIP Grants focus on transportation safety improvement projects of municipally owned transportation infrastructure to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to Dauphin County residents. Funds are intended to improve the safety of public transportation assets with documented accident history trends and/or substandard features with respect to current transportation design criteria. Preapplication conferences are required and must occur no later than June 14, 2024.

  • Due to limited funding, TISIP will only accept applications for projects with total costs of $1 million or less, subject to the program’s funding source availability.
  • TISIP is a highly competitive program. Successful applicants should be prepared to cover local match beyond the required minimum in the event of a partial award and/or to increase competitiveness of their application.

Eligible Entities: Eligible TISIP projects must be owned and maintained by a Dauphin County municipality.
Award Amount:
Grants cover between 25% – 75% of the total project costs.
Required Match:
A local match of at least 25% will be required dependent on available funding, need, and final estimated project costs. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to locally fund their share of project costs.
Applications Due:
July 19, 2024, by 4:00 PM