Since 2011, the BHDA Board of Directors has approved various grants as incentives to improve the
neighborhood within the Historic District. Four Grants are available to all homeowners, who may apply for one grant in each category annually. Grants are not available to owners of commercial properties or to institutions.
Non-members who are residents of the district may apply, however, a $40.00 processing fee will be deducted from the grant total. The following documentation must be presented with the grant application: copy of the certificate of appropriateness showing HARB approval, if required; city permit, if required; and a copy of the paid invoice. If approved, the home address, Grant type and amount of Grant maybe shared with BHDA members in our Newsletter and/or website. All grants are subject to availability of funds and Board approval.
Requirements and Information
Grant One: Street Tree Trimming and Removal
BHDA will reimburse 50% of the cost, up to $1000.00. An additional $250.00 may be approved for stump
Grant Two: Street Tree Replacement
BHDA will reimburse up to $400.00 per tree. Additional information regarding the Tree Program can
be found on the BHDA website (bhda.org). Trees that die due to homeowner neglect are not eligible for
Grant Three: Sidewalk Repair
BHDA will reimburse 50% of the cost, up to $5,000.00, with special consideration given to corner properties. The term ‘sidewalk’ will be determined by the city’s definition. Click here for important information about sidewalk repair.
Grant Four: Exterior Lighting
BHDA will reimburse 50% of the cost up to $1000.00 for the entire project (installation and fixture). The
lighting must cast light on a sidewalk or public way. Additionally, 100% of the cost of lighting controls and
their installation (e.g., timers and motion detectors) will be reimbursed.
Return your completed application to:
BHDA-Grants, P.O. Box 1952, Bethlehem, PA 18016-1952
Please direct questions to BHDA1989@gmail.com
– Applications for city permits, and HARB’s Certificate of Appropriateness, may be obtained
at the Zoning Office located in the Department of Community and Economic Development in
– HARB meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall,
applications must be returned by the last Wednesday of the month. You, or a representative, must
be present at the meeting, and your application is complete only when HARB’s recommendation is
approved by City Council.
– Grant Application Forms can be downloaded from our website: bhda.org.