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 2017 Open Grant Programs

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.

2017 Application available March 29, 2017

2017 Application Guide

2015 C.A.P.E.R - submitted Dec. 29, 2016


Affordable Housing Program
Expired 1/15/2016
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 the median income for the County using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 Income Limits.

Brownfield Clean-Up
Expired 9/28/2015
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.

Hotel Tax for Tourism
Expired 9/25/2015
Supports tourism and community development initiatives

Expired 9/25/2015

Expired 9/25/2015
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.

Expired 9/25/2015
Grants are available to fund operations and staff positions that support new or existing community and economic development efforts.  Programs with clearly defined goals and objectives that include measurable outcomes will receive priority.  Funds will be targeted toward new efforts and are not intended to be an ongoing source of funds to support operations.  It is uncommon for an entity or an organization to be funded if they received an award the previous year.   Typically awards will not exceed $10,000 for a singular effort.  Regional efforts are eligible for more than $10,000 and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Expired 9/25/2015
Workforce Development grants are available to municipalities and non-profit organizations to create innovative programs in support of developing a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem or connecting county residents to employment opportunities.  Preference will be given to projects partnering with local colleges and universities, established business incubators, the Workforce Investment Board and CareerLink.  Typical awards will not exceed $10,000.

Community Planning/Technical Assistance
Expired 9/25/2015
Planning grants are available to communities that desire to evaluate the ramifications  and/or address a particular need, address a circumstance within a community, undertake a study relevant to an identified need within a community or study the results of implementing a specific activity. Applicants may apply for assistance to develop planning applications to work toward a state or federal designation status.  Planning grants typically do not exceed  $25,000.

CIPP Job Creation Grant Program
Expired 12/31/2016
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.

Expired 12/31/2016
 The Northampton County General Purpose Authority (NCGPA) Business Boost Revolving Loan Fund provides gap and bridge financing options to be used in combination with more conventional sources for the development and expansion of small to medium sized businesses.

GPA Economic Reinvestment RLF
Expired 12/31/2016
The Economic Reinvestment Loan Program offers loans to help support the creation of new job opportunities or the retention of existing jobs with Northampton County.  The program seeks to encourage the attraction and retention of businesses within the County to help improve economic development, infrastructure, expand the tax base and improve the general economic health and welfare of our communities.

Tax Exempt Bonds
Expired 9/26/2015
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.

Bank Qualified Tax Exempt Bonds
Expired 9/26/2015
Tax exempt bonds purchased by financial institutions with reduced federal tax obligations.

Expired 9/26/2015
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
Expired 9/26/2015
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 homeownersin the boroughs and townships in Northampton County to make necessary improvements to their homes.  

Municipal Parks
Expired 12/25/2015
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.

Preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas
Expired 9/26/2015
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.

Expired 4/15/2016
The County of Northampton will competitively award CIPP Community Improvement Grants and Community Planning and Technical Assistance grants funded from Table Games Revenue. The CIPP program provides resources to Northampton County’s aging communities that lack access to resources in implementing comprehensive community revitalization plans and strategies that will improve the quality of life for our citizens and create opportunities to stimulate, attract and sustain economic development.
The CIPP is designed to assist the County in prioritizing and allocating resources for the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development (NCDCED). Several grant, financing and technical assistance programs have been developed that will be used in conjunction with current programs to support community development and economic growth in our communities.   


Community Improvement - Facade
Expired 9/25/2015
The Façade Grant is designed to stimulate private investment in properties, foster an attractive environment and preserve the architectural heritage of properties.  Typically successful applicants will be awarded funding up to $50,000 that they will in turn grant out to property owners in a targeted area on a competitive basis.

Community Improvement - Capital Improvements
Expired 9/26/2015
Capital Improvement Grants are available for a variety of development projects to help eliminate decline, provide gap financing or “seed” funding to leverage additional funds for proposed capital projects.  NCDCED will review each proposal on its own merit and determine whether it clearly serves a public purpose, has strong financial commitments, is part of a cooperative partnership, and is ready to go.   Typical projects involve some type of capital improvement associated with implementing a specific revitalization strategy or capital improvement plan up to $50,000. 

Hotel Tax 2005
Expired 8/23/2015

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