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Empowerment Zones

Generating economic growth through programming and initiatives in targeted areas.


Empowerment Zones help generate economic growth through programming and initiatives in targeted areas. The City of Philadelphia established Empowerment Zones in 1994. The federal designation expired in 2009. The City continues to support growth in these areas through the Neighborhood Funding Stream. Money provided through Empowerment Zones helps to build a better Philadelphia.

Grants are available in each Empowerment Zone to support business and economic development.

Learn about funding opportunities in your Empowerment Zone:

Empowerment Zones are a program managed by the Department of Commerce.


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Philadelphia, PA 19102

Empowerment Zone funding applications

Find application forms for Empowerment Zone funding.

Empowerment Zone map

Use the map to search within the three Empowerment Zones. Then visit the relevant Zone page to find funding opportunities.
  • American Street Empowerment Zone
  • West Philadelphia Empowerment Zone
  • North Central Empowerment Zone