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The 2023 Public Improvements Program Application Round is Open

Approximately $800,000 in funding has been made available for the 2023 Public Improvements Program Round through the US Department of Housing and Community Development's Community Development Block Grant.  The maximum grant award per applicant is $200,000 with a one project limit per grantee.

The application portal can be accessed using the 2023 Public Improvements Application button below, this will take you to the login or registration page for our application portal.  Please register using your email address and start a new application for the Public Facilities and Improvements Program.  From here you will be able to access the letter of intent form which is due no later than 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

Received LOIs will be reviewed by staff for consistency with program policies and once approved you will be able to access the application using the same email and portal.  The application will be opened in early May and an email notification will be sent, all applications will be due by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

Received applications will be reviewed by a steering committee in June and funding awards will be announced in July. 

Please reach out to Sean Krumpe with any additional questions.

2023 Public Improvements Application

Program Overview

The Public Improvements program of the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority serves municipalities and qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve areas and populations determined to be eligible based on the guidelines established for the program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). All projects funded must meet one of three established performance objectives; create economic opportunities, create suitable living environments, or provide decent affordable housing. Each project should have an outcome that increases the accessibility or availability, affordability, or sustainability of a service or neighborhood infrastructure.

A maximum of $200,000 will be granted to any project each fiscal year. All contracts are subject to federal prevailing wage requirements as the program is funded using HUD-provided Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

CDBG funds can be used for construction costs only, and at least five percent (5%) of the cost of construction contracts must be paid with non-CDBG funds. All project applicants are required to certify that a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the total project cost will be financed through non-CDBG sources of funding, this includes any soft costs including; legal, advertising, engineering, architecture, or design fees which are not eligible for CDBG funding.

All municipal projects must be located in primarily residential areas and benefit residents in an area that is at or above an eligibility criteria percentage established by HUD for Lancaster County for low- and moderate-income populations (Currently 46.74%) or can demonstrate through an income survey process that at least 51% of the residents of the project service area are low- and moderate-income.  Municipalities may verify project location eligibility using the 2011-2015 Low- and Moderate Income Area Eligibility mapping tool.

Public Facilities and nonprofit applicants must serve clients who meet the federal cap for low- and moderate-income (80% Median Family Income) or are part of a presumed benefit population as defined by HUD.

How to Apply for Funding

Municipalities/Organizations will be notified of the availability of funds for public improvement projects by Redevelopment Authority Staff each year. Applications will generally open in early spring each year, with funding available beginning in early fall.

The Letter of Intent round for the 2023 Public Improvements program is now open. Please submit your project information using the Letter of Intent form located through the application portal.  LOIs are due no later than 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.  

Reach out to Sean Krumpe with any questions.

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80% Median Family Income









Presumed Benefit Population Categories

Abused Children

Battered Spouses

Severely Disabled Adults

Homeless Persons

Illiterate Adults

Persons with AIDS

Migrant Farm Workers


Eligible Project Examples:

Sanitary Sewer Systems – Construct new sewage treatment plants and collections systems, or repair existing infrastructure

Sanitary Sewer System Extensions – Extend sanitary sewage collection lines beyond existing service areas.

Public Water System Distribution and Extensions – Construction of a new public water treatment plant, filtration plant, distribution system or extension project.

Neighborhood Improvement Projects – Curb and sidewalk replacement, major storm water management improvements, street reconstruction, or water main and sewer main replacement.

Parks and Recreational Facilities – Construct new facilities or purchase new equipment.

Public Facility Improvements – Energy efficiency improvements, handicap accessibility and other structural improvements to a public facility that benefits low- and moderate- income persons.