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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED)

  • Industrial Sites Reuse Program: The Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) provides grants to communities, nonprofit and economic development organizations. The program also offers businesses low-interest loans that may cover up to 75 percent of the cost of completing an environmental study and implementing a cleanup plan. The maximum for site assessments is $200,000 or $1 million for remediation per year; all require a 25 percent match and loans carry a 2 percent rate for terms up to 5 years (for assessments) or 15 years (for remediation). Grants and loans are available for Phase I-III environmental assessments and remediation of hazardous substances and non-hazardous waste or debris. Five-year loans at 2 percent interest are available for assessments and fifteen-year loans for remediation. For more information, click here.
  • Infrastructure Development Program (IDP): The Infrastructure Development Program (IDP) offers grants and loans in conjunction with private companies and real estate developers to municipalities and non-profit economic development agencies to help finance demolition, building renovations, new construction, and specific infrastructure. The program provides up to $1.25 million per project at 3 percent interest for 15 years. IDP provides grants and low-cost financing for economic development projects that create jobs, are executed in a timely manner, and are consistent with local and county economic development plans. For more information, click here.
  • Tax Increment Financing Guarantee Program: This program promotes and stimulates the general economic welfare of various regions and communities in Pennsylvania and assists in the development, redevelopment and revitalization of Brownfield and Greenfield sites in accordance with the TIF Act. Eligible uses include utilization of abandoned or underutilized industrial, commercial, military, previously mined institutional sites or buildings; or undeveloped sites planned and zoned for development in accordance with any existing comprehensive municipal plan. For more information, click here.
  • PennVest Brownfield Loan Redevelopment Program: This program offers low-interest loans for the remediation of sites that have been contaminated by past industrial or commercial activity and pose a threat to local groundwater or surface water sources. Eligible uses include specific assessment in conjunction with remediation activities on contaminated properties across Pennsylvania. These activities must be related to a water quality benefit, which can include the prevention of contamination. The purpose of this brownfield remediation financing initiative is to encourage the cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties while improving and protecting local water resources. For more information, click here.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA has offices that can help with identifying small business loans, grants, bonds, or other financial assistance based on interest in pursuing small business redevelopment. If small business opportunities are identified by the community, the SBA should be contacted to learn more about resources available for specific reuse options. For more information, click here.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: The newPA website provides a search tool to help find incentives and apply for funding. Selecting "Community" from the dropdown menu will help identify assistance available to eligible communities (including nonprofit organizations). There are also specific assistance tools offered to support alternative energy. For more information, click here.
  • Business in Our Sites Grants and Loans (BOS): A $300 million loan and grant pool empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites. Their $300 million loan and grant pool provides funding to acquire land, conduct environmental assessment and remediation, and perform demolition. The funds may also be used for site preparation activities and installation of infrastructure, including but not limited to, sewer, water, storm water, utilities and telecommunications. They may also be used for access roads or other necessary on-site and off-site transportation improvements. For more information, click here.
  • U.S. EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization: For information on steps to help create a community garden or expand urban agriculture, click here. For federal resources and links in addition to general information on brownfields and land revitalization, click here.