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 Funding Announcements

*Grant applications and application guidelines will be available once grant opens*

Community Investment Partnership Program Grant (CIPP):  *CANCELLED*

Affordable Housing Program (AHP):  *CANCELLED*

2020 EMS Award List

2020 Grow NORCO Award List

COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant Award List


 Application Process

Please choose a funding announcement from the list below and download all applicable documents associated with the funding announcement.  In addition, ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED to register in the NCDCED County Relationship Manager (CRM) if you have not previously registered, and submit electronic applications through the web.  Please click here to register.  Your registration will be approved within 1-2 business days.  Once approved, you may upload and submit you electronic application forms through the CRM application.  Please click on the Apply button located next to the applicable funding program to access the CRM application.

 Funding Types

* Apply - Active Grants/Loans

The COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Municipal Assistance Program is designed to be a source of funding that will assist Northampton County municipalities respond to and plan for efforts related to COVID-19.    APPLICATIONS DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020.

Hotel Tax for Tourism
The County of Northampton will competitively award grants to be funded from revenues collected from the Northampton County Hotel Tax.  The Hotel Tax funds are provided for under Northampton County Resolution No. 440 of 2005, as authorized by P.L. 307 of 2000 and amended by Act 12 of 2005, by imposing a Hotel Room Rental Tax of 4% on hotel guests to be used for tourism and community development initiatives.  APPLICATIONS DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020.
Please click here for a Library of related documents.

The County of Northampton will competitively award grant funds from the Emergency Medical Services program (EMS). EMS grants funding to the County’s volunteer fire and non-profit emergency medical service organizations that provide life-saving support to the residents of Northampton County. A total of $80,000 is budgeted for this program; funds are provided through the Northampton County local share assessment of gross table games revenue. APPLICATIONS DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020.


The Grow NORCO Program (GNP) is a is designed to be a flexible source of capital that will assist Northampton County municipalities and not-for-profit organizations grow Northampton County’s economic prosperity and quality of life.  The program will help the County prioritize and allocate its limited resources for the betterment of the County.  Funding priorities of the Grow NORCO Program may change from round to round.  Non-profits and Municipalities are encouraged to explore creative partnerships to implement their programs and projects. Applications that demonstrate partnerships or that advantage additional funds and resources may be prioritized.  APPLICATIONS DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that allows the County of Northampton Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) to assist in the development of viable communities, by funding activities that assist people with low incomes in meeting their needs for housing or services.  One objective of any DCED funded programs is the knowledge that low income people are indeed benefiting from the investment of CDBG resources.  APPLICATIONS DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020.

Affordable Housing Grant Program

AHP funds are available to eligible non-profits, public agencies, local governments, government authorities and private, low income housing providers.  All projects funded under the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) must maintain or increase the availability of quality, affordable housing for residents of Northampton County whose annual incomes are below 80% of the household median income for the County using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 Income Limits for 2018.  APPLICATIONS DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020.

CIPP Job Creation Grant Program
Northampton County seeks to grow its economy and achieve prosperity for its residents  by recruiting and expanding the availability of quality jobs.  We see to add high value, knowledge-driven industries and retain quality growing industries that support our communities.  Specific targeted industries include Agriculture and Food Processing, Food and Beverage Manufacturing, High Performance Manufacturing, Life Sciences Research and Manufacturing, and High Value Business Services.  This program is  designed to help and support companies to make investments in their facilities, machinery, equipment, training and some soft costs that will result in the creation and retention of jobs in Northampton County. The grant funds awarded under this program will facilitate job creation and/or retention as well as growth and expansion of economic infrastructure within its borders.  It is intended to enable the County to respond quickly  and effectively to the dynamic forces of the County’s economy and to the nature of industrial recruitment and retention.  The program seeks to encourage, attract and  retain sustainable investments and jobs to Northampton County communities and to provide resources improve their economic development infrastructure, expand their tax  base and improve their general economic health and welfare. 

Typical grant awards will not exceed $50,000 and will be based upon a sliding scale of $5000 - $10,000 per job created/retained based on wages and health care benefits provided.

Municipal Parks
The Northampton County Municipal Park Acquisition, Development and Rehabilitation Program allows municipalities to update facilities, purchase new recreational lands and rehab existing structures. Started in 2013, a five-year program allocated $5 million, to each municipality based of the 2010 U.S. Census.  Municipalities are only allowed to apply for their allocation and projects must be completed within a 2-year timeframe.

Brownfield Clean-Up
The Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) allows Northampton County to provide financing to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.  The goal of this program is to stimulate reuse and redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Bank Qualified Tax Exempt Bonds
Tax exempt bonds purchased by financial institutions with reduced federal tax obligations.

The Northampton County First-Time Homebuyer Program provides loans to eligible first-time buyers of Northampton County homes. These loans provide up to $5,000 to help with the cost of the house and closing costs.  We secure the investment in our communities by placing a lien on the property for 5 years or until the property is sold. For each year you stay in your home, 20% of the loan is forgiven. The loan is completely forgiven if the homebuyer stays in the house for at least 5 years.

Homeowner Rehab
The Northampton County Homeowner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and administered by the Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust.  Up to $20,000.00 in partially forgivable, interest free loans are available to low and moderate income homeowners in the boroughs and townships in Northampton County to make necessary improvements to their homes.  

Preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas
The Northampton County Open Space/Natural Areas Program purpose is to protect the County's important natural features by assisting municipalities and nonprofit organizations to acquire and permanently preserve land where these resources are found. Municipalities, non-profit land agencies and, school districts are eligible to apply.  The program focuses on the preservation of land within the County through fee simple acquisition or conservation easement.

Tax Exempt Bonds
The Northampton County General Purpose Authority provides access to low-interest loans through the issuance of of bonds for infrastructure and development initiatives that impact the economic vitality of Northampton County.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Proposed projects must be submitted by a Pennsylvania Legislator (State Senate Or House) and subsequently itemized in an RACP funding bill before becoming eligible for funding consideration. Once itemized, a Grant Agreement is drawn up by the Office of Budget subject to approval of a complete Business Plan and compliance with any additonal grant conditions.

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