Keystone Communities Program

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Application Deadline

August 31, 2019


The Keystone Communities (KC) program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of its specific revitalization effort.

Communities may wish to consider designation through the KC program as a Keystone Main Street, Keystone Elm Street, Keystone Enterprise Zone, or Keystone Community. Designation is an opportunity for targeted investment and development including the identification of specific needs for investment and/or development and the design and implementation of a strategy to address those needs.

  • Units of local government are eligible: (counties, cities, boroughs, townships, towns, and home rule municipalities); Redevelopment and/or housing authorities; Nonprofit organizations to include economic development organizations, housing corporations, etc.; Community development corporations; Business improvement districts; neighborhood improvement districts; downtown improvement districts; and similar organizations incorporated as authorities

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Note: Deadline is a Saturday, and applicants who apply on the last day will not receive assistance with their application.

Common Eligible Projects

A flexible tool for use in community and economic development for a variety of uses including planning activities, façade grant programs, accessible housing programs, and development grants.

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