PA HPTC Update, Shaking Up Small Cities, National Preparedness Month, and more!

PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit UpdateFY2021-22 Application Opening October 1, 2021

The opening date for FY 2021-2022 PA HPTC applications is Friday October 1, 2021 and closes on October 31, 2021. As a first-come, first-served program, it is highly recommended that you submit your applications on October 1, 2021. Please note these dates are published in the reauthorization legislation and are scheduled to be used in future fiscal years. Program guidelines are available here.

Please note the changes in the application form addenda in the Electronic Single Application system.

Additional fields in addenda include:

  • PA HTC request amount. All Applicants must enter your PA HTC request amount. Please note, the amount of credit available under this program equals 25% (or 30% if your project qualifies as a “workforce housing project”) of the qualified rehabilitation expenses of your project, not to exceed the $500,000 cap level for a single qualified taxpayer in a fiscal year.
  • Workforce Housing. All Applicants must verify if your project is a Workforce Housing project. A workforce housing project is one that, for a period of seven years after the building is placed in service, at least 20% of the units meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of “affordable” for individuals earning 80% of the area median income.
  • Tax Compliance Form. All Applicants must complete a form to ensure that no approved applicant for HPTC credits has any outstanding liabilities with Department of Revenue. If any liabilities do exist they are not eligible for approval. Revenue is no longer accepting the paper version of the tax compliance form and it must be completed online at:
  • Application Fee. All Applicants must pay a $100 application fee upon submission of the application. The fee, as published in the reauthorization legislation, is intended to be used by PHMC and DCED to offset the costs of the review of tax credit applications and awarding of tax credit certificates.

If PA SHPO and NPS has reviewed prior federal Part 1 and Part 2 applications:

  • You must complete a DCED ESA Single application at and complete and upload the PHMC Part 1 and Part 2 application cover sheets to the ESA system. PDF versions of forms are attached.
  • But you do not need to submit supplemental application materials (P1 and P2 narrative descriptions, photographs, architectural plans, etc…) as those on file with our office.
  • On Part 1 form, the BHP Key Number is now the PA-SHARE Resource Number that can be located at You can log in as a guest or your Keystone Login ID and use the SEARCH tab for RESOURCES.

If you have a new project with no prior review:

  • You must submit a complete a DCED ESA Single application at and submit a complete PHMC Part 1 and Part 2 application with supplemental materials (P1 and P2 narrative descriptions, photographs, architectural plans, etc…) for review. If you intend to apply for both the federal and state programs, I strongly recommend that you submit your federal or PHMC Part 1 and 2 applications for review as soon as possible to help expedite your state review. PDF versions of forms are attached.

Please contact DCED 800-379-7448 or if you have questions on the application process.

Shaking Up Small Cities | Conversations about repurposing, remodeling, and repositioning of Pennsylvania’s communities

Throughout the Commonwealth, in every municipality and legislative district, we are plagued with blight, brain drain, and an erosion of community pride and investment. Simultaneously, there are an equal number of Pennsylvania’s small towns and cities that have rewritten the narrative, utilized good design, collaboration, and resources to create communities that have flourished with population and business growth. . In these cities and small towns that have experienced such great revitalization, architects have used their design thinking to work with community leaders and elected officials to bring the dream of a vibrant small town or main street back to life. Architects throughout the Commonwealth have been crucial to the addition or renovation of any city’s physical or social infrastructure. Join us for case study examples of Pennsylvania cities who leveraged good design, community partners, and urban planning to revitalize and grow their communities.

October 7th & October 28th | Time: 10:30 a.m.

The session on October 7th will feature the Pennsylvania cities of: Lancaster, Bethlehem, and Easton.The session on October 28th will feature the Pennsylvania cities of Pittston, Altoona, and Oil City.

National Preparedness Month Survey!

As you may have seen on Twitter or in Main Street News, the National Main Street Center is pushing out content this month in recognition of National Preparedness Month. In addition to their multi-year National Park Service (NPS) partnership with the Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience program, national partners and local Main Street directors will be taking over their social media channels a few times this month to discuss their experiences and offer tips to making communities more prepared and resilient in the face of natural disasters. In addition, they want to hear about our network’s experiences in Pennsylvania with disaster preparedness and resilience. We would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out this survey to help us better understand how disasters are affecting Main Streets. Results will be published in their upcoming disaster preparedness toolkit, to be released in early 2022.

Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award

Nominate an outstanding volunteer in your community today for the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA)! Sponsored by CivicPlus, STACVA honors extraordinary public service volunteers in localities under 25,000 residents. This annual awards program spotlights the urgent need for citizens to fill critical civic volunteer roles including local government boards and councils, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and the many advisory committees that support key local government functions.

Localities represented by the top three nominees will receive cash awards of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 respectively. Additionally, the top 100 nominees will receive free volunteer management modules and 12 months of free ongoing support services from CivicPlus. The nomination portal will close October 15, 2021.We strongly encourage eligible communities to apply! This is a great opportunity for Main Street communities to elevate and celebrate the incredible work of local volunteers who play a pivotal role in revitalizing our downtowns and commercial districts. 

Fireside Chat: A Frank Conversation with PA Funders

Join Kathleen McKenzie with Highmark, and Ellen Kyzer with PNC Foundation for a forthright discussion about how to approach your critical funding partners, particularly when crises hit (e.g., floods, earthquakes, fires, pandemics). Funders may be more open than you think to hearing how things really are – without the fluff that sometimes goes into grant reports. Learn about trends from a philanthropic perspective and come with the questions you wish you could ask but may feel intimidated by the unknown or funder-grantee reporting relations. 

Wednesday, October 20 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. EST

NGLCC/GRUBHUB Community Impact Grant Program

This fall, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and over 30 of NGLCC’s local affiliate chambers – will come to the rescue of many of America’s struggling LGBTQ+ owned restaurants and bars serving food through a first-ever grant program to provide a lifeline for these struggling, resilient small businesses.

The program – called the NGLCC/Grubhub Community Impact Grant Program – will generously release nearly $2 million in funds with over $1.5 million directly to LGBTQ-owned and allied restaurants most impacted by the pandemic.

Eligibility details may be found online at Important: Qualified businesses do not require NGLCC-certification to be eligible for grant consideration, but will be encouraged to become certified, if eligible.

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce has set a goal allocating 30% of the funds to businesses owned by people of color and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals.

Grants will be made between $5,000 to $100,000, depending on criteria. Closing deadline to apply for the Community Impact Grants is October 12, 2021. Grant awards will begin to be made in November 2021 through the beginning of 2022.