PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the county will accept Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund grant and loan applications from Tuesday, February 19, through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. A total of $6 million is available to municipalities, authorities, councils of governments, private businesses and other organizations to assist with community revitalization, infrastructure repair, site acquisition and tourism development. Individual grants and loans do not exceed $250,000 and must be used exclusively for projects in Allegheny County.
“Since 2007, the Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund has provided more than $31 million to repair and enhance key infrastructure, as well as acquire and prepare buildings and land, with the goal of facilitating business growth, community revitalization and tourism,” said Fitzgerald. “CITF grants and loans have leveraged an additional $255 million in public and private funds, multiplying the impact by more than eight times.”
Among the community, infrastructure and tourism projects that have received loans or grants from the fund are:
- Collier Twp. Park – $150,000 to demolish buildings at the former U.S. Army base and make room for installation of a new deck hockey rink, as well as other park amenities;
- Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority – $250,000 to relocate sanitary sewer lines and enable the $1.2-billion Allegheny Ludlum plant expansion in Brackenridge; and
- Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – $250,000 to construct and install a green roof on its Center for Sustainable Landscapes.
CITF grant and loan applications, program guidelines, technical assistance contact information, and other resources are available online at www.alleghenycounty.us/citfund.aspx.
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The Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund was created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development & Gaming Act. The fund receives an annual allocation of $6.6 million for use solely in Allegheny County.