Grant and Loan Programs
 
Welcome to DEP's Grant and Loan Programs Center. Providing grants and loans to assist individuals, groups and businesses in addressing a host of environmental issues is a key part of DEP's mission to protecting and enhancing Pennsylvania's natural resources. Below is a list of available grants and loans, a description of each program, links to applications and eligibility information. If there is no application document listed, then the grant is currently unavailable.
 
DEP's Grants Center is available to assist with any general questions. For more information, contact 717-705-5400. 
Abandoned Mine Drainage Set-Aside Grant Program
This grant program is for the abatement of abandoned mine drainage (AMD) and/or treatment of AMD through treatment facility system construction. Grants may also be awarded for treatment system design or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. Projects must be located in Qualified Hydrologic Units as defined by the federal SMCRA under the 2006 reauthorization.

Who is eligible: Counties, municipalities, authorities, school districts, nonprofits and conservation districts are eligible to apply.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program provides rebates to consumers for the purchase of new, non-leased, plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Consumers may submit applications for up to six months after the date of purchase.

Who is eligible: Only residents of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
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Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants
The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) offers funding for clean, alternative fuel projects in Pennsylvania and investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. The primary goals of AFIG is to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative fuels that will help the state's economy and environment.

Who is eligible: School districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, incorporated nonprofit entities, corporations and limited liability companies or partnerships registered to do business in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
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Certified Host Municipality Inspector Reimbursement (for Commercial Hazardous Waste Facilities)
Grants are available to municipalities that host commercial hazardous waste storage, treatment or disposal facilities. They are eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of the approved costs for training and employment of certified host municipality inspectors.

Who is eligible: Municipalities within Pennsylvania with commercial hazardous waste facilities.
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Certified Host Municipality Inspector Reimbursement (for Municipal Waste Facilities)
Grants are available to municipalities that host municipal landfills or resource recovery facilities. They are eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of the approved costs for employment of certified host municipality inspectors.

Who is eligible: Municipalities within Pennsylvania with municipal waste facilities.
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Coastal Zone Management Grant Program
The Coastal Zone Management Grant Program provides funding to implement its policies and focus areas in the Delaware Estuary and Lake Erie Coastal Zone, including hazards, wetlands, public access, intergovernmental coordination, ocean resources, and nonpoint pollution. Typical projects funded through grant awards range from studies, planning, design, and research to land acquisition and minor construction projects. Activities must take place within the Coastal Zone boundaries of Pennsylvania.

Who is eligible: Generally, any coastal municipality, county government entity, public authority, state government agency, incorporated nonprofit organization, school district or institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for most types of projects.
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County Planning Grants
County Planning and Household Hazardous Waste Education (HHW) Grants provide reimbursement to counties in Pennsylvania for up to 80 percent of the approved cost for preparation of waste management plans and studies required by the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) and HHW Education. The maximum grant amount cannot exceed $75,000. All counties in Pennsylvania currently have in effect a municipal waste management plan developed and approved under Act 101.

Who is eligible: All Pennsylvania counties.
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County Recycling Coordinator Grants
This grant program provides reimbursement of up to 50% of County Recycling Coordinator salaries and expenses. Applications are submitted annually by April 30 for the previous calendar year.

Who is eligible: Grants are available to counties only.
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Driving PA Forward - Class 8 Truck and Transit Bus Grant Program
The Class 8 Truck and Transit Bus Grant Program will fund the repower or replacement of diesel-powered Class 8 trucks and transit buses throughout the Commonwealth.
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Driving PA Forward - DC Fast Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Grant Program
The DC Fast Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Grant Program will fund the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of ZEV fast-charging equipment and hydrogen fuel cell equipment inCommunity Hubs, Transportation Corridors, and Destination Locations.
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Driving PA Forward - Electric Cargo Handling Grant Program
The Electric Cargo Handling Grant Program will fund the replacement or repowering of diesel-powered forklifts, airport ground support equipment, or port cargo handling equipment with new all-electric equipment.
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Driving PA Forward - Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program
The Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Programs provides rebates for the purchase and installation of Level 2 electric vehicle charging infrastructure on publicly accessible, government-owned or non-government-owned property or at workplaces or multi-unit dwellings that are not publicly accessible.
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Driving PA Forward - Ocean-Going Vessel Shorepower Grant Program
The Ocean-Going Vessel Shorepower Grant Program will fund new or expand existing shorepower systems which allow maritime vessels to "plug into" an electrical power source instead of using diesel main or auxiliary engines while at-berth.
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Environmental Education Grants Program
The Environmental Education Grants Program (EE Grant Program) was developed to support and strengthen environmental education in Pennsylvania. The EE Grants were established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 and mandate that five percent of all pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually be set aside for environmental education.

Who is eligible: Public and private schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations and associations, conservation and education organizations, municipalities, municipal authorities and businesses.
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Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grants
The Growing Greener Watershed Grants provide funding to clean up non-point sources of pollution throughout Pennsylvania. Examples of projects include acid mine drainage abatement, mine cleanup efforts, abandoned oil and gas well plugging and local watershed-based conservation projects. The grants were established by the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act.

Who is eligible: Counties, authorities and other municipalities; county conservation districts; watershed organizations; and other organizations involved in the restoration and protection of Pennsylvania's environment.
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Host Municipality Independent Review of Permit Application/Siting Plan Grants
Grants are available to host municipality and host county inspectors for the independent review of permit applications for commercial hazardous waste disposal facilities. The grants come as reimbursements of up to $50,000 for qualifying reviews.

Who is eligible: Host municipalities/counties within Pennsylvania.
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Host Municipality Review of Permit Applications Grants
Grants are available to municipalities for assistance with independent reviews of permit applications for new municipal waste landfills or resource recovery facility, or expansion of an existing facility. The grants come as reimbursements of up to $10,000 for qualifying reviews.

Who is eligible: Host municipalities/counties within Pennsylvania.
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program Grant
Grants are available to registered sponsors of collection programs for household hazardous waste (HHW), and tires (but not tire pile cleanups). Reimbursement is available for up to 50 percent of eligible costs, but not exceeding $100,000 per county. Eligible costs typically include collection, transportation and management of the wastes.

Who is eligible: Municipalities that register a HHW program with DEP is eligible to apply for reimbursement.
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Mine Map Grant Program
The purpose of the Mine Map Grant Program is to process mine maps and mine data from private and public domains so that the mining information can be readily provided to the public. The Mine Map Grant Program is funded by the Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund and the Pennsylvania Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Fund and the Acid Mine Drainage Abatement Fund.

Who is eligible: Eligible applicants include learning institutions and incorporated non-profit entities located in Pennsylvania.
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Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Grant Program
This program exclusively funds Pennsylvania counties for mosquito control activities to reduce the risk of transmission from mosquitoborne disease (West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, etc). Applicants are required to execute a contract with DEP and comply with appropriate commonwealth requirements for the reimbursement funding. This includes appropriate surveillance and control activities as recommended by DEP, data reporting, submission of quarterly invoices and additional information as requested.

Who is eligible: DEP sends applications to eligible counties. Eligibility is based available program funding and disease risk.
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Municipal Recycling Program Grants
The Municipal Recycling Program Grants were developed to assist municipalities and counties for developing and implementing recycling programs. Recycling is mandated in municipalities with more than 10,000 residents and those with populations between 5,000 and 10,000 that have population densities greater than 300 people per square mile.

Who is eligible: Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 percent of approved costs.
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Nonpoint Source Implementation Program Grants (Section 319)
This grant program provides funding to assist in implementing Pennsylvania’s Nonpoint Source Management Program. This includes funding for abandoned mine drainage, agricultural and urban run-off, and natural channel design/streambank stabilization projects.

Who is eligible: Counties, municipalities, authorities, school districts, nonprofits, conservation districts and watershed groups.
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Nonpoint Source Pollution Educational Mini-Grants (PACD)
The Nonpoint Source Educational Mini-Grants were created for the purpose of informing and educating people about the causes, consequences and clean-up of nonpoint source water pollution. County conservation districts are eligible applicants.

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Pollution Prevention Reimbursement Grant (Pump and Plug Underground Storage Tank)
Grants are available for the reimbursement for costs of pumping and plugging underground storage tanks. Up to $350,000 per year has been set aside for the Pollution Prevention Grant Fund.

Who is eligible: Grants are issued to eligible tank owners of underground storage tanks.
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Recycling Performance Grants
This grant program awards local government based on the tons of recycled materials and rate of recycling. Only source separated recyclable materials are eligible for recycling performance grants.

Who is eligible: Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs.
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Sewage Facilities Enforcement and Permitting Grants
The Sewage Facilities Enforcement Grants provides for reimbursement of 50 to 85 percent of costs of on-lot system permitting programs. There currenlty is no appropriation for this program. However, applications submitted are held for the fiscal year in the event funding is made available. If at the end of the fiscal year funding has not been made available, the applications are no longer valid.

Who is eligible: Counties, municipalities and groups of municipalities.
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Sewage Facilities Planning Grants
The Sewage Facilities Planning Grants reimburses up to 50% of the activities and studies related to the development of comprehensive sewage facilities plans, minor update revisions and special studies. There currently is no appropriation for this program. However, any applications submitted will be held in the event funding is made available.

Who is eligible: Counties, municipalities and authorities are eligible.
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Small Business Advantage Grant Program
To provide assistance to small businesses to incorporate pollution prevention or energy-efficient equipment or processes with the goal of increasing the small business's competitiveness while simultaneously improving the environment for Pennsylvania residents.

Who is eligible: Small Businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees located within Pennsylvania.
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Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) Loan Program
The PPAA loan program provides fixed, low interest loans (2%) to small-businesses in Pennsylvania undertaking projects which reduce waste, pollution or energy use. Loans may be used to fund 75 percent of the total eligible project cost, up to a maximum of $100,000. The maximum loan period is 10 years.
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Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Grants
The grant program was created to provide for the design, construction and/or rehabilitation of treatment facilities on Alternate Bond System (ABS) legacy acid mine drainage discharge sites and ABS bond forfeited land reclamation projects.
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Technical Evaluation of HSCA Remedial Response
Section 510 of the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, Act 108 of 1988 (HSCA), authorizes DEP to issue Host Municipality Technical Evaluation Grants. A HSCA Host Municipality Technical Evaluation Grant provides funds for conducting an independent technical evaluation of a proposed remedial response at a HSCA site.

Who is eligible: The governing body of a municipality in which a HSCA site is located may apply.
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Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program
The Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program provides funds to help with environmental cleanup costs due to releases of heating oil from underground tanks. Reimbursements are subject to a $1,000 deductible, which is satisfied by the first $1,000 of eligible costs paid by the tank owner. Remaining eligible costs paid by the tank owner may be reimbursed up to a maximum of $4,000.

Reimbursements are funded through the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund, and up to $750,000 per year is available for this program.

Who is eligible: This program is available to owners of underground heating oil tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less, used for heating onsite. In order to qualify for the program, the heating oil release must have occurred after January 30, 1998.
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