WEST CHESTER (July 17, 2020) – Applications for funding through the Blight Remediation Program is now available, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

The funds come through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), and authorizes the CFA to adopt guidelines to ensure grants are made available to all geographic areas of the commonwealth through hazard mitigation.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Chester County, Pennsylvania, and our nation are in a time of extended crisis,” Dinniman said. “We as a people have not only been battling a pandemic, but fighting the economic hardships that come with such a battle. The Blight Remediation Program seeks to help alleviate some of the financial anxieties as a result of this time.”

Eligible Blight Remediation Program projects must be undertaken by an eligible applicant and include:

  • Planning Projects – These projects involve the development of a comprehensive blight plan. Eligible projects also include code enforcement technical assistance and the completion of reuse feasibility studies on blighted properties.
  • Remediation Projects – These projects involve the acquisition, demolition, and/or rehabilitation of blighted properties or properties affected by natural disasters to also include the clearing and preparing of land for future use and projects resulting in visible improvements.

Planning and Remediation projects may not be intermingled.

Any of the following entities may apply for a grant under the program:

  • Municipalities
  • Councils of Governments
  • Land Banks
  • Redevelopment Authorities
  • Housing Authorities
  • Community Development Corporations
  • Economic Development Organizations
  • Housing Corporations

Planning grant requests/awards may not exceed $25,000, and remediation grant requests/awards may not exceed $300,000.

Applications are available now, and will be accepted until July 31, 2020. For more information on guidelines and the application, you can check the Department of Community and Economic Development’s web portal here.