Jennifer B. Bellas, Community Development Division Director
Community Development Division staff provides support to the County’s municipalities and water/sewer authorities, as well as nonprofit agencies in preparing, administering, and closing out grant applications for activities designed to enhance the quality of life by improving infrastructure, public facilities, public safety, and recreational facilities. Assistance can be provided for the following grant funding opportunities:
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
The CDBG Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and is designed to provide federal grant assistance to local municipalities to successfully complete various projects in defined areas. For a list of eligible activities click here. There are two components to the CDBG Program – entitlement and discretionary (competitive) grants.
• Entitlement – Applications to DCED are submitted in early spring of each year on the County’s behalf as well as its 4 entitlement communities.
• Discretionary (Competitive) – Applications to DCED can be submitted at any time of the year.
Applications are submitted in three yearly funding cycles with the average grant being $5,000. Eligible activities include small community revitalization and improvement projects.
•Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) – Applications to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are due in early spring of each year. Eligible activities include planning, acquiring, and developing recreation, park and conservation facilities; rivers, corridors and resources; greenways and trails; heritage areas and facilities; and critical habitat, natural areas and open space.
• Armstrong County Recreation Grant – Applications to the County of Armstrong are due in the spring of each year. Eligible activities include recreational projects that demonstrate community support and involvement and increase the quality of the County’s recreational facilities.
• Pennsylvania Conservation Corps (PCC) – Applications to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry are due the first week of January of each year. Grants for the provision of a labor force and $15,000 towards materials are awarded for a one-year period from July 1 – June 30, and require a 25% local match for the purchase of materials. Applicants must have enough work to keep a crew busy throughout the year, including during inclement weather. Projects that can be completed using this program include conservation, recreation, and historic preservation on public property.
• Federal Emergency Management Agency Grants (FEMA) – Applications to FEMA are usually due in late spring or early summer. Eligible activities include purchasing firefighter protective gear, breathing apparatus, fire hoses, boots, nozzles, radios, flashlights, fire equipment, fire trucks, etc.
• Office of State Fire Commissioner Grants (OSFC) – Applications to OSFC are usually due in the fall of each year. Eligible activities include the acquisition, rehabilitation or improvement of apparatus, facilities and equipment.
• PA Department of Forestry Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant – Applications to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are usually due in the fall of the year. Eligible activities include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire or structural protective gear, mobile or portable radios, installation of dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation, or wildfire training. Funds may also be used for certain projects involving the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression.
Technical Assistance is also provided to the following organizations:
• Freeport Leechburg Apollo Group, Inc. (FLAG)
• Parker City Revitalization Corporation (PCRC)
• Redevelopment Authority of the County of Armstrong (RACA)