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Isett offers its clients access to Grant Specialists who are experts in identifying grant sources, tracking eligibility requirements, and writing successful grant applications - for whatever their project needs.  We can help you research and identify projects that are “best fit” candidates for specific rounds of funding, assist with grant applications, and provide design, construction supervision, planning and research, and other grant administration services.   

As a small Borough with limited funding, constant vigilance for locating financial support is required. One of the most beneficial aspects of utilizing this firm is the superior grantsmanship expertise that they bring to the municipality. This partnership has opened windows to wider variety opportunities to improve services and infrastructure within the Borough at a lower financial burden to the taxpayer.

Barry Isett & Associates will be an asset to any community it serves.
— Robin Zmoda, Borough Manager, Pen Argyl

The overall range of funds includes:

  • Water resource protection and education projects
  • Recreation and athletic facilities, playgrounds, park amenities and greening
  • Open space and land conservation issues
  • Specialty facilities such as libraries and auditoriums
  • Feasibility studies and site development planning
  • Rails-to-trails projects
  • Pedestrian, bicyclist, and intersection safety
  • Historic preservation
  • Stormwater management, native plantings, and raingardens
  • Rivers conservation planning and implementation
  • Traffic signals & intersections, alternative transportation options and multimodal and
    transportation asset improvements

$495,000 from two DCED grants and additional Borough funds and labor were used to improve and refurbish Col. Jacob Weiss Park in downtown Lehighton, historically the Town Square:  curbing and sidewalks, stormwater improvements, pavers, two decorative concrete medallions, landscaping, lighting, the cleaning of the Col. Jacob Weiss statue, park benches, and trash receptacles.  The project was dedicated in 2016 in preparation for their 150th anniversary celebrations. 

Over $500,000 in PennDOT grant funding
(2010) was used to improve the pedestrian use and safety of the Hellertown Borough Hall property, including narrowing an intersecting road with Main Street and constructing a plaza, rain garden, sidewalks, stamped crosswalk, pervious color concrete, and a cedar pergola in addition to installing bike racks and ornamental LED street lighting.  Below grade stormwater improvements pre-treat and convey rainwater runoff in this previously flood prone area.

The development of a successful grant application is a collaborative effort, requiring the cooperation of the community applicant in gathering required information and documentation in a timely manner.  Isett is very happy to work with clients to help identify potential programs and resources that offer realistic funding potential.

When a grant-eligible project is identified, Isett’s grants specialist provides services in shaping the application and interpreting the information gathered to tell a compelling story. Success is predicated on many factors beyond Isett’s control, including grant pool funding levels as well as project priorities set by funding agencies and foundations.

Chances are excellent that your organization qualifies for grant money from a variety of sources. Let us help you navigate the informational maze, identify projects that are good candidates for funding, assist with the applications, and administer your successful program.