Community Development

DCD provides federal funding and technical assistance for community development efforts in Chester County, including neighborhood revitalization, acquisition, construction, and/or rehabilitation of community buildings and public works activities such as water main installation, street and curb repairs, or streetscape improvements. Funding is awarded through an annual, competitive application process. Applications are available in April and due to DCD in June. Activities funded by DCD must be put out to bid.

For information about upcoming bids for housing rehabilitation, contact Dave Norwood at 610-344-6900 or dnorwood@chesco.org.

2016 Community Revitalization Program Awards

Resources available to assist the County's urban centers with revitalization efforts are available:

Community Construction


DCD allocates federal funds for the acquisition or renovation of buildings in Chester County that are available for use by the general public. Because these construction activities are funded primarily with Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, recipients of the funds must comply with CDBG objectives such as primarily serving people whose income does not exceed 80% of the area median income or creating jobs that initially have low skill requirements.


Public Works


DCD allocates federal funds for activities that install, construct, or rehabilitate public facilities in Chester County. The public facilities include but are not limited to streets, street lights, curbs, sidewalks, water mains, sewer mains and storm water mains. Because these activities are funded primarily with Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, recipients of the funds must comply with CDBG objectives such as primarily serving people whose income does not exceed 80% of the area median income or focusing on areas with a concentration of low- and moderate-income people.

Chester County contains 73 municipalities. Out of those municipalities, 30 contain low- and moderate-income areas based on the 2000 census. These low and moderate income areas are eligible to receive funding from the Community Development Block Grant. Maps detailing the eligible areas are available on the DCD Data page of this website.