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Community and Economic Development

Lehigh County Government Center 
17 South Seventh Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101
Phone: (610) 782-3200 
Fax: (610) 871-2755

Lehigh County’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) focuses on enhancing the quality of life of our communities by concentrating on the revitalization of our cities and boroughs, spurring economic growth, and supporting regional partnerships among our municipalities.

The department’s grant programs have supported high priority projects of the County’s twenty-five municipalities, aimed at enriching their economic viability by upgrading aging infrastructure, supporting improvements within the downtowns, and assisting agencies focused on providing safe, affordable and sustainable housing.

     

Department Contacts

Frank Kane - Director

Phone: 610-782-3304

Fax: 610-871-2755

frankkane@lehighcounty.org

Laurie Moyer - Grants Management Specialist/ Fair Housing Officer

Phone: 610-871-1964

lauriemoyer@lehighcounty.org

Virginia Haas - Community Revitalization & Development Manager

Phone: 610-782-3809

virginiahaas@lehighcounty.org

George M. Samuelson - Grants & Projects Manager

Phone: 610-782-3855

georgesamuelson@lehighcounty.org

Kimberly T. Smith - Grants Administrator

Phone: 610-782-3566

kimsmith@lehighcounty.org

Heidi Miller - Grants Administrator

Phone:  610-782-3868

heidimiller@lehighcounty.org

Yorman De La Rosa - Community Liaison

610-782-3400

communityliaison@lehighcounty.org

For general questions about the department and programs contact:

Cyndi King- Executive Assistant

Phone: 610-782-3565

cyndiking@lehighcounty.org

!Se Habla Español !

     

Lehigh County COVID-19 Relief Nonprofit Block Grant - CLOSED

Lehigh County COVID-19 Relief Nonprofit Block Grant Program Application

The American Recovery Plan (ARP) has funding available to eligible nonprofits to be administered by the County in partnership with United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and to approved by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

Click Here for Application Portal

Please use this site to register, request and complete the required forms for the application. Applications must include a completed W-9 form. 

Please submit all technical questions to tanyaengler@hotmail.com

Please submit all eligibility questions to carmenb@unitedwayglv.org

     

Lehigh County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant - Third Round - CLOSED

$10 million of Lehigh County COVID-19 Local Fiscal Recovery Fund has been designated by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners for the Lehigh County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant Program. 

In partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh County will allocate an estimated $2 million in funding for local Lehigh County businesses with 100 or fewer employees.  Eligible businesses can apply for up to $15,000 in order to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and its related expenses.

Businesses located in Lehigh County that have not received funding from Lehigh County under the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021 ARE eligible to apply.

Businesses located in Lehigh County that have not received a grant through Lehigh County or have not received a grant in 2020 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ARE eligible to apply.

Please see guidelines below.    To apply:  https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/lehighcogrants1.html

Here are the program guidelines in English                                     Here are the program guidelines in Spanish

     

PA C-PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy for Lehigh County

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FINANCE YOUR COMMERICAL PROJECT WITH C-PACE

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is a financing tool that enables building owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy projects.  Benefits of financing through C-PACE include up to 100% financing and terms of up to 30 years to match project payback periods.

ELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH C-PACE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The following types of improvements are eligible for commercial properties using C-PACE financing in Pennsylvania:

  • Energy Efficient Equipment Installation (HVAC, boilers, lighting, etc.)
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Energy Storage
  • Water Conservation Features

              TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LEHIGH COUNTY'S PROGRAM, VISIT THE WEBSITE:                                          WWW.LEHIGHCPACE.ORG

Questions?  Contact Sustainable Energy Fund at 610-264-4440 or CPACE@THESEF.ORG

     

Emergency Rental Assistance Program - CLOSED

Applications are now open for the 2022 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) with Community Action Lehigh Valley. Residents may qualify for rental assistance to cover past, current and/or future monthly rent payments. Utility assistance payments will be made for arrearages only (past due amounts), but can include electric, natural gas, water, sewer and trash. Language options will be available within the application portal. For assistance, please call 610-691-5620. 

Application Website | Program Instructions & Requirements | Appeals Process

     

General Information

Annual Action Plans

FY 2019 - 2023 Five Year Consolidated Plan & FY 2019 Annual Action Plan - 

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #3     All Parts

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #4     Part 1       Part 1a     Part 2

Section 3 Plan

CAPER

Fair Housing