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| 1--Total Population, City of Pottsville |
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Total Population, Schuylkill County and Selected Municipalities |
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Age Distribution, City of Pottsville | 4--Housing Characteristics Summary, City of Pottsville |
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Housing type, City of Pottsville | 6--Subsidized Housing, City of Pottsville |
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Non-Agricultural Employment by Sector, Schuylkill County |
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Top 20 Employers, Schuylkill County |
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Publically Accessible, Privately-Owned Parking Areas, City of Pottsville |
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Occupancy of City-Owned Parking Areas, City of Pottsville |
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Existing Water System, City of Pottsville |
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Existing City-Owned Recreation Facilities, City of Pottsville |
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Private and School Recreation Facilities, City of Pottsville | 14--Summary of Recommendations |
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Funding Sources |


Name of Program

General Description of Program

Administering Agency

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Offers grants for a wide variety of activities, provided the applicant proves by survey or census that the project will benefit 51% low and moderate income persons or handicapped persons or eliminate "blighted" conditions in officially designated areas. For example, funds can be used for water and sewage improvements, storm drainage, handicapped accessibility, housing rehabilitation, parks and recreation, street and sidewalk improvements, code enforcement, community planning, and historic rehabilitation.

Pottsville Office of Community Development


Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program

Funds a wide variety of recreation, greenway, rivers conservation and open space preservation activities with 50% matching grants. Four main categories of grants are:

a. Planning and Technical Assistance

b. Acquisition Projects

c. Development Projects

d. Federally Funded Projects

Is a restructuring and combination of separate grant programs including the former Keystone, Rails-to-Trails, River Conservation and other programs.


Conservation Corps, PA.

Provides funding for work crews for community projects, such as trail improvements.


Communities of Opportunity

Provides grants to municipalities, redevelopment authorities and housing authorities for community revitalization, economic development, and low-income housing development and rehabilitation.


Community Development Bank, PA.

Provides capital and capacity building grants to "Community Development Financial Institutions" (CDFIs). The CDFIs are then allowed to assist with small scale business expansions, new business starts, non-profit facilities and very small businesses.


Community Facilities Loan Program, Federal

Offers low-interest loans to construct, enlarge or improve essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and towns with population less than 50,000. Also offers guarantees of loans by private lenders.

U.S. Dept. of Ag. Rural Housing Service

Community Revitalization Program

Very broad grant program. Officially intended to promote community stability, increase tax bases and improve quality of life. Applications may be made by municipalities, authorities, economic development organizations and non-profit corporations. Public/non-profit/profit partnerships are encouraged. Generally can be used for infrastructure, community revitalization, building rehabilitation, demolition of blighted structures, public safety, and crime prevention.

PA DCED & Governor's Office

Customized Job Training

Provides grants to businesses (other than retail) to train new employees, and retrain and upgrade existing employees. Up to 100% of eligible costs may be paid for new job creations, and up to 70% for other eligible training.


Businesses apply through a State-licensed Educ. Agency

Downtown Pennsylvania Program

Offers full-time management to organize and implement a Business District Authority, that provides financing for additional services in a commercial area.

The Commercial Revitalization program funds physical improvement projects that are consistent with an action plan. Projects may include site improvements, facade renovations and adaptive reuse of downtown buildings.

See also "Main Street Program" in this table.


Economic Development Administration Loan Guarantees

Guarantees business loans made through private lenders. Available for up to 80% of project cost. Primarily intended for manufacturers, but commercial businesses may qualify. A equity contribution is required by business. Must show job creation.

U.S. EDA Philadelphia Office

Economic Development Administration Public Works Grants

Offers grants to distressed municipalities to assist in attracting new industries and encourage business expansion. Projects typically involve water and sewage improvements primarily serving industries, industrial access roads, and business incubators. A 50% local match is typically required.

U.S. EDA Philadelphia Office

Economic Development Administration Economic Adjustment Grants

Provides grants to design and implement strategies to adjust to serious job losses to a local economy, such as natural disasters and defense spending reductions.

U.S. EDA Philadelphia Office

Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program

Grants for a very limited number of pilot demonstration projects for cleanup of contaminated underused industrial sites.

U.S. EPA Philadelphia Office

Emergency Services Loan Program

Provides low-interest loans to fire and ambulance companies to acquire vehicles, or to renovate or acquire buildings to house vehicles.

PA Emergency Management Agency

Keystone Opportunity Zone

State program provides a range of benefits to locally-nominated, State-designated areas that are financially distressed. One major benefit involves greatly reduced local real estate taxes for an initial set of years.


Enterprise Zone Program, PA

Encourages investment in "enterprise zones" that are distressed areas designated by the State. The main benefits include: low-interest loan pools (mainly for building acquisition, construction, renovation and machinery), local technical assistance in connecting with financing and technical resources, and preferences in certain State grant and loan programs. A priority is placed upon assistance to industrial businesses. Grants are also available for the initial planning of proposed enterprise zones, and for program administration. See also "E.Z. Tax Credits" below. (This program is completely separate from the Federal Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community program.)


Enterprise Zone Tax Credits

Provides State tax credits to businesses located within State-designated Enterprise Zones for new building construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings.


Flood Control - Army Corps and NRCS

Watershed Programs

Various types of projects to manage flooding. Typically, the Army Corps is involved in larger watersheds, while NRCS has primary responsibility for smaller watersheds.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service

Flood Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Provides 75% funding to relieve imminent hazards from flooding, such as voluntary buy-outs and demolitions of highly flood-prone properties.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Flood Protection Program, PA

Offers design and construction of flood protection projects. The project must be deemed economically justifiable under the state capital budget process.

PA DEP Bureau of Waterways Engineering

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Offers Federal income tax credits for a percentage of the qualified capital costs to rehabilitate a certified historic buildings, provided the exterior is restored.

The program is generally limited to income-producing properties.

National Park Service

Historic Preservation - Certified Local Government Grants

Provides modest-sized matching grants to provide technical assistance to municipalities that have official historic districts and meet other criteria to be "certified."

Federal, administered by PA Historical and Museum Commission

Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grants

Matching grants for historic surveys, historic preservation planning and National Register nominations. Available to municipalities and non-profit organizations. Cannot be used for construction.

Federal, administered by PA Historical and Museum Commission

Heritage Parks Program

Provides grants up to 75% of costs for projects within State-designated "Heritage Parks" to preserve and interpret the significant contribution that certain areas made upon the industrial heritage of the state and nation. Funds may be used for four types of projects: Feasibility studies, a Management Action Plan, Special purpose studies, and Implementation projects. Projects are intended to conserve natural, historic and recreational resources relating to industrial heritage to stimulate regional tourism.



Housing Programs - mainly including Federal HOME Program (Home Investment Partnerships Program)

Provides grants for expanding the supply of housing for low-income persons, including new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation. Local governments may apply, which may be on behalf of public agencies or for-profit or non-profit developers. PHFA administers Federal HOME funds for financing 5 or more units. These projects are usually coordinated with Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Other Federally funded housing programs include: Emergency Shelter Grants, Supportive Housing for the Elderly (Section 202), Single Room Occupancy Housing Program, Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities, and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS.

See also HOME Partnerships below.

Pottsville Office of Community Development

Housing Closing Cost Assistance Program

Provides loans to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers for assistance with closing costs. Loans may not exceed 4% of the home’s acquisition cost. The loans are at no interest and repayable when the subject home is resold. The home must be located in York County.

Pottsville Office of Community Development

PA Industrial Development Authority Financing (PIDA)

Provides low interest loans for construction, renovation and site preparation of buildings for new employers. Primarily funds industrial projects.


Industrial Sites Reuse Pro-

gram, PA ("Brownfields")

Provides grants of up to 75% and low interest loans for assessment of environmental contamination and remediation work at former industrial sites. Available to private companies, non-profit economic development agencies or authorities that own the land. Mainly targeted towards cities. Financing is not available to the company that caused the contamination.

PA DCED in cooperation with PA DEP

Infrastructure Development Program, PA.

(replaced BID Program)

Provides grants and low interest loans for public and private infrastructure improvements needed for a business to locate or expand at a specific site. Financing is also available for infrastructure to redevelop industrial sites that have been idle more than 6 months, such as acquisition and demolition. Primarily available for industries, research facilities, company headquarters and business park developments. A 2:1 private to public match is typically required. A commitment is required to create jobs as a condition of funding. Generally applicants must be municipalities or economic development organizations.


TEA 21 Trans-portation Enhancements Program (Part of Federal Transportation Efficiency Act)

Provides grants of up to 80% for: facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites, development of scenic or historic route programs, landscaping and other scenic beautification along highways, historic preservation, restoration of historic transportation facilities (such as canals), preservation of rail corridors (particularly for bicycle/walking routes), control and removal of outdoor advertising, archeological research, and mitigation of water pollution due to highway runoff. All projects must have a direct relationship to transportation.

U.S. DOT funds administered by PennDOT

Intermunicipal Projects Grants

Promotes cooperation between neighboring municipalities so as to foster increased efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of municipal services at the local level.


Job Creation Tax Credits, PA

Provides State tax credits to businesses that commit to create new jobs in PA within the next 3 years. Must create 25 new jobs or 20% of the existing work force. The jobs must pay over a certain minimum income. The business must explain how it exhibits leadership in technological applications.


Keystone Historic Preservation Funds

Provides 50% matching grants to fund analysis, acquisition or rehabilitation of historic sites. The site must be on the National Register of Historic Places, or officially determined to be eligible for listing. The site must be accessible to the public after funding. The grants can be made to public agencies or non-profit organizations.

PA Historical and Museum Commission

Keystone Rec., Park & Cons. Program - Land Trust Grants

Grants to well-established non-profit land trusts and conservancies to plan for and acquire critical natural areas. Land that is acquired must be open to the public.


Keystone Rec., Park & Cons. Program - Community Grants

Provides 50% matching grants to municipalities to fund: overall planning for park and recreation, master plans for individual parks, acquisition of parkland and nature preserves, countywide natural area inventories, and rehabilitation and improvements to public recreation areas. Grants up to $20,000, without a local match, are available for material and design costs in small municipalities.

PA DCNR Regional Offices

Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program

Assists local governments and counties to prepare comprehensive plans, downtown plans, special community development studies and development regulations. Typically provides 50% of the eligible costs.


Local Government Capital Projects Loan Program

Provides low interest loans to municipalities with populations of 12,000 or less for the purchase of equipment and the purchase, construction, renovation or rehabilitation of municipal facilities. Priorities are given to projects that are necessary for public health and safety or involve intergovernmental cooperation.


Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Federal

Offers Federal income tax credits to non-profit and for-profit developers of housing for low-income persons. Non-profits can then sell their credits to investors.

PA Housing Finance Agency

Main Street Program

In the downtowns of designated "Main Street Communities," provides initial planning grants and administrative grants over a 3 year period to pay a large share of the costs of a professional manager to coordinate downtown revitalization efforts. May receive matching grants for facade restoration and other design improvements. Usually limited to municipalities of 5,000 to 50,000 persons.


Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund

Provides low-interest loans to acquire or upgrade machinery and equipment and related engineering and installation for industrial, agricultural, processing and mining businesses. The business must agree to create or preserve jobs as a condition of the financing.


Minority Business Development Authority, PA

Provides low-interest loans for businesses owned and operated by minorities. Can generally be used for industrial, international trade, franchise, retail and commercial uses. Can be used for site acquisition, building construction and renovation, machinery and working capital.

PA Minority Business Development Authority & PA DCED

Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, PA

Provides technical advice and grants for special purposes (such as studies to improve service efficiency) within municipalities that have been officially designated as financially distressed. After application and designation, the municipality must follow a Financial Recovery Plan.


Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program

Authorizes State corporate income tax credits to private companies to donate funds for services to low-income persons or impoverished neighborhoods. The services typically include neighborhood revitalization, job training, education, social programs to reduce welfare dependency or crime prevention. The tax credit usually equals 50 to 70% of the eligible donation. Partnerships are required between the business and a neighborhood organization.


On-Lot Septic System Program

Offers low-interest loans to limited income households to repair failing on-lot septic systems.

PennVest and PA Housing Finance Agency

Opportunity Grant Program (replaced Sunny Day Fund)

Offers grants to create or preserve very substantial numbers of jobs. May be used for job training, infrastructure, land and building improvements, machinery and equipment, working capital, or environmental assessment and cleanup.

Can only be applied for through the Governors Action Team

PEDFA Financing

Provides low-interest rate financing of business growth. Projects that can be funded with bonds that are exempt from Federal income tax have a lower interest rate than other types of projects. The lower rate financing is limited to activities such as site acquisition, building construction and rehabilitation and new equipment - for manufacturing and certain transportation and utility uses. The higher rate is available to a broader range of businesses and a much wider variety of expenditures.

PA Economic Financing Authority-- Applications are made through a local Industrial Development Corp. or Authority


Provides a guarantee of loans to businesses made by participating banks.


Apply through a participating bank


Offers low interest loans for construction and improvement of drinking water and wastewater systems. Outright grants may be available for highly distressed communities. Mainly intended for public systems, but some private systems may be approved. Water projects are funded through the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. Sewage projects are funded through the Clean Water Revolving Fund. In addition, PennVest is authorized to provide loans for projects to control existing stormwater problems, such as separating stormwater from sanitary sewage. The "Advance Funding Program" provides low-interest loans for feasibility studies and engineering of systems if the utility cannot fund such work itself.

PA Infrastructure Investment Authority and PA DEP Bureau of Water Supply Management--

Involves both U.S. EPA and State funds

PIDA - PA Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) Programs

Makes available low-interest financing to businesses and industrial development agencies to create or retain business jobs. Can be used for industrial, research, agricultural processing and major office uses. Can be used for site acquisition, building construction or renovation, multi-tenant spec buildings and industrial park development. A lower interest rate is available for advanced technology projects and in enterprise zones and areas of high unemployment.


Applications are typically made through a local Industrial Development Corp. or Authority

Nutrient Management Plan Development Incentive Program

Grants of $4 per acre are available to farmers to cover up to 75% of the cost of preparing nutrient management plans. Low interest loans are also available through the State to assist in implementing nutrient management-related best management practices.

Schuylkill County Conservation District

Rural Economic and Community Development Programs, U.S.

Federal programs available in rural areas:

Business & Industrial Guaranteed Loan Program - Provides partial guarantees of loans by lenders for working capital, machinery, buildings, land and certain types of debt refinancing. Loans can be made to businesses, municipalities or non-profit organizations.

Intermediary Re-lending Loans - provides very low-interest loans to non-profit organizations to reloan for businesses and community development projects.

Rural Business Enterprise Grants (former Ind. Dev. Grants) - provides grants for acquisition of land and construction of buildings and utilities to facilitate development of small businesses.

Home Ownership Loans - aid low- and moderate-income rural residents or buy, build or repair their dwelling.

Rural Rental Housing Loans - assist individuals or organizations to build or rehab rental units for low-income and moderate-income residents in rural areas.

Home Improvement and Repair Loans and Grants - assist very low-income rural homeowners to remove health and safety hazards in their homes or to improve handicap accessibility.

Rural Housing Site Loans - assist in purchasing sites for housing development by private, public or non-profit organizations.

Housing Preservation Grants - assist non-profits and public agencies with grant funds to assist low-income owner-occupants and owners of low-income apartments with repairing homes in rural areas.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development Administration (former Farmers Home Administration)

Recycling Market Development Loan Fund

Provides low-interest loans to businesses to purchase recycling source-separating equipment.

PA DEP Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling Grants (under Act 101 of 1988)

Grants for up to 90% of municipal costs to develop and implement recycling programs, such as the purchase of recycling bins and composting equipment. Grants are also available to counties for a recycling coordinator, waste management plans and pollution prevention education.

PA DEP Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management

Rural Utilities Service Financing

Offers low-interest loans for drinking water and sewage projects for rural areas and small towns. The "Water and Water Disposal Loan Program" provides loans for water supply, wastewater disposal, solid waste disposal and stormwater management systems for rural areas and towns with a population less than 10,000 persons. Available to municipalities, authorities and non-profit corps. Grants up to 75% of project costs may be available for highly distressed areas. Also guarantee loans by private lenders.

Also provides grants to non-profit organs. to provide technical assistance to rural communities or for a circuit rider to serve several rural water systems. Also offers emergency grants to communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service

Shared Municipal Services

Provides modest-sized 50/50 matching grants to promote cooperation among municipalities, in order to increase the efficiency of public services. Two or more municipalities may apply, or a council of governments.


Small Business First

Provides low-interest loans for projects by businesses that generally have less than 100 employees. Generally, the funding can be used for site acquisition, building construction, machinery, working capital, environmental compliance, defense-cutback impacts, recycling, technology, export and computer activities. This is also one of the few sources of funding that can be used for restaurants, hotels and motels. The recipient must agree to create or preserve jobs.


An application can be made through an "Area Loan Organization"

Small Business Incubator Program

Provides loans and grants for facilities in which a number of new businesses operate under one roof with affordable rents, sharing services and equipment and having equal access to a wide range of professional, technical, and financial programs.


SBA Financing

Offers low-interest financing for smaller businesses, including:

- micro-loans and micro-enterprise grants

- Section 7(a) Guaranteed Business Loans

- Section 504 Loans to allow certified development organizations to make long-term loans for real estate and other fixed assets

U.S. Small Business Administration

Sewage Facility Planning Grants

Grants to pay up to 50% of the costs to prepare a new sewage facilities plan or update an existing plan, under State Act 537 of 1966.


Small Communities Planning Assistance Program (SCPAP)

Provides grants up to 100% of the costs to eligible municipalities to prepare comprehensive plans, development regulations and special strategies for development. Generally, 51% of the municipality's residents must be low or moderate income, according to the census or a survey. Limited to municipalities under 10,000 population.

Federal CDBG administered by PA DCED

Small Water System Regionalization Grants

Provides grants for feasibility studies concerning the merger of small drinking water systems.

PA DEP Bureau of Water Supply

Solid Waste Facility Programs

Programs provide grants for municipalities to review proposed solid waste facilities within their borders. Programs also provide funding for municipal inspectors of facilities and for host fees from operators.

PA DEP Bureau Land Recycling and Waste Management

Stormwater Management Grants (Under State Act 167 of 1978)

Grants for cooperative efforts at the watershed level among municipalities for stormwater planning and ordinances. Grants are typically made to counties, but may be made to municipalities.

PA DEP Bureau of Watershed Conservation

Stream Improvement Program

Provides design and construction assistance to eliminate imminent threats to flooding and streambank erosion.

PA DEP Bureau of Waterways Engineering

Tire Pile Cleanup Grant

Grants to municipalities to provide reimbursement for costs of cleaning up large piles of used tires.

PA DEP Bureau of Land Recycling & Waste Management

Urban Forestry Grants

Provides grants for tree planting projects. Is also a Federal "America the Beautiful" grant program for tree planting.


Water Supply Plan & Well-Head Protection Grants

Provides grants to counties to plan for water supplies at the county level and to implement programs to protect the wellheads of public wells.

PA DEP Bureau of Water Supply

Sources: Publications and internet sites of various agencies, in addition to Pennsylvanian magazine. Top of Page

DCED = PA. Dept. of Community and Economic Development
HUD = U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
NRCS = U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service
DCNR = PA. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
DEP = PA. Dept. of Environmental Protection

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