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Philadelphia Funds Stormwater Projects for Property Owners

The city of Philadelphia has approved a Stormwater Management Incentive Program Grant. Only non-residential properties are eligible for the (SMIP) grant funds. Applicants must be owners of the property or have permission from the property owner(s). The applicant cannot be an agency with the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any United States Department or Federal Agency. Use of funds is restricted to projects that support the design and construction of stormwater mitigation measures. These may include, but are not limited to: detention and retention basins, green roofs, porous paving, and rain gardens.  Projects will be evaluated based on a variety of criteria, including the total volume of runoff managed, cost competitiveness, environmental and educational benefits. Competitive applications will limit grant requests to $100,000 per impervious acre and at least the first one inch of stormwater runoff. Applications can be submitted electronically to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). A selection committee will evaluate applications and issue decisions. Selected grantees will be eligible to receive credits towards their stormwater charges upon successful construction of the project. Applicants not selected in a particular quarter will have the option to roll their application over to the next selection process for further consideration.

Philadelphia homeowners, did you know the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has teamed with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to offer this special funding program? Assistance is available to eligible homeowners who need to repair or replace their individual on-lot septic system OR to connect for the first time to a public sewer system. The maximum loan amount is $25,000.

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