Grants

Upcoming grant & award deadlines from PA Environment Digest: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=45853&SubjectID=

Grant Program Funder Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Duesort descending
Northern Conservation Initiative

The Strategic Business Plan (SBP) adopted by the Chester County Commissioners (Commissioners) establishes goals for land preservation, water quality, public safety, public health (mental and physical), quality of life, and economic development. The Commissioners have authorized the Department of Parks + Preservation to solicit land preservation proposals from eligible municipalities and private nonprofit organizations in northern Chester County that advance the SBP and complement conservation work in the northern part of the county by offering “Northern Conservation Initiative” grants on a trial basis. The County will focus these funds on projects that preserve the most land with the greatest economy and efficiency. Examples of high priority projects include (but are not limited to) preserving water quality, conserving flood prone areas, providing public recreation opportunities, implementing local and regional policy plans, or otherwise implementing the SBP. For more information about this program, please contact Judy Thomas at jthomas@chesco.org.

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Funder:
Chester County
Area of Interest:
Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
northern Chester municipalities (map on program site)
Eligible Applicants:
Local governments and nonprofit conservation organizations that (1) are certified by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC) at the time of application, or if they are not LTAC certified, (2) are registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Award Amount:
varies
LOI due 11/1/2022
Albany Township Tomorrow Fund

The Albany Township Tomorrow Fund was created in honor of Pauline Levan Hamm and Gloria Longenberger Hamm and their lifelong efforts to support and improve the Albany Township community. The Fund provides grants to support community-minded organizations and initiatives that benefit the general population of Albany Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The fund awards grants each year using the following considerations:

  • Grant funding is to be for the general benefit of the Albany Township community and not for programs/activities restricted to members or beneficiaries of a single organization.
  • Grants may not be made for the benefit of pre-identified individual residents.
  • Grants benefiting youth education and advancement will be given priority.
  • Activity-based programs will be preferred over facility/material support.
  • Community enhancement/improvement programs will be preferred over support of existing programs/activities.
  • Funding shall be used only for secular purposes. While religious organizations may be eligible for grants, the grant funding shall be used for the benefit of the general community, and not to advance religion-focused organizational goals.
  • The activities funded by a grant must be completed and a grant report submitted within one year from the date of award notification.
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Funder:
Berks County Community Foundation
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Albany Township (Berks County, PA)
Eligible Applicants:
community-minded organizations
March 15 annually
Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund

The fund provides grants and program-related investments for projects serving the Met-Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania that meet the mission of the fund to support:
• the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies
• energy conservation and efficiency
• sustainable energy businesses
• projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies’ transmission and distribution facilities

The fund will award multiple grants of $2,000 to $50,000 for projects within or substantially affecting the Met-Ed and Penelec territories. Program-related investments in addition to this amount may be considered. Program-related investments range from $25,000 to $500,000.

Questions should be addressed to Kevin Lugo, Energy and the Environment Program Officer of the Berks County Community Foundation, at KevinL@bccf.org.

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Funder:
Metropolitan Edison Company
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Met-Ed service territory
Award Amount:
$2,000 to $50,000
March 15, 2022
American Water Charitable Foundation Water and Environment Grant Program

Important: If your organization historically applied to both American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation environmental grant programs, please note only one environmental-focused grant program will be offered in 2024. The American Water Environmental Grant Program has been discontinued and blended into the Foundation’s Water and Environment Grant Program.

Applications will be accepted in the following states served by American Water, in addition to its Military Service locations: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Grants will be awarded to help fund innovative, community-based projects that:

  • improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies
  • promote water conservation
  • improve equitable access to water-based recreation in underserved communities

To qualify:

  • Applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or K-12 public school, college or university.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant being awarded
  • Projects must be located within and benefit American Water’s service areas

Deadline:
Applications must be received online between February 5 – March 15, 2024. Grant decisions will be announced by April 30. To apply online, please visit amwater.com/awcfgrants or click the image below. Paper applications will not be accepted.

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Funder:
American Water/American Water Charitable Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
American Water Service Locations in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)(3) nonprofit or educational institutions (K-12, college or university)
Award Amount:
varies
March 15, 2024
PA Trout in the Classroom Program Grants

​To ease this financial burden for teachers and help support the thousands of students engaged each year in PA Trout in the Classroom (TIC), the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) awards funding to TIC teachers annually through the TIC Grant Program. 

Grants up to $500 can  help keep existing and already-established TIC programs running.​ For the 2022/2023 school year, funding is also available for assistance starting a new TIC program.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
statewide
Eligible Applicants:
school teachers and local partners who have attended or plan to attend a TIC workshop
Award Amount:
varies
May 1, 2022
County Recycling Coordinator Grants

The County Recycling Coordinator Grants outlined in Section 903 provide a 50 percent reimbursement for County Recycling Coordinators’ salary and expenses. This grant is only available to Pennsylvania county governments.

Application Dates for Calendar Year 2022:

Opens – January 2, 2023
Closes – May 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

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Funder:
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Commonwealth of PA
Eligible Applicants:
County government
Award Amount:
up to 50% salary and expenses
May 1, 2023
PA Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Grants

Proposals are invited for research topics including animal health and welfare and its interactions with human and environmental health; study of the impacts of mental health challenges on farm success, the availability of on-farm housing for farm workers, and strategies for recruiting and retaining an agriculture workforce; and consumer research on the appeal of biodegradable packaging and new uses for milk proteins and milk-based products.

Additional research topics invited include studies of the economic impacts of pest infestations; water and soil management practices on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that have not received state or federal funding; and programs and initiatives in the PA Pollinator Protection Plan and the PA Farm Bill. Full proposal guidelines can be found in the PA Bulletin.

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Funder:
PA Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
May 13, 2022
PA Water Trail Mini-Grants

Applications will be accepted for projects that implement the PA Water Trail Program’s eight guiding principles:

  • Partnership
  • Stewardship
  • Volunteerism
  • Education
  • Conservation Community Vitality
  • Diversity
  • Wellness and Well-being

Proposed projects must advance program goals such as creating recreational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians on Water Trails; developing trails that support sustainable use of natural resources; increasing and improving physical and psychological access to Water Trails; and connecting water trails to land trails or to other culturally significant community assets.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Environmental Council/PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
PA designated water trails
Eligible Applicants:
Registered non-profit organizations and public entities (county, municipality, or municipal agency)
Award Amount:
up to $5,000
May 27, 2022
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Farmer Grant Program

This program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations, or other research and education techniques.

Topics eligible for funding include marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture, and more.

All types and scales of farms — large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural — can apply. Farm business owners as well as farm employees, whether full- or part-time, can apply.

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Funder:
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “
Award Amount:
$5,000 - $30,000
November 14, 2023
EPA Brownfields Grants

EPA's Brownfields Grant Funding programs provide direct funding for brownfields assessment, planning, cleanup, revolving loans, environmental job training, technical assistance, training, and/or research. This may include abandoned mine lands, communitity outreach, and environmental planning.

With this funding opportunity, we will remove longstanding barriers to brownfields reuse and spur new sustainable and environmentally just redevelopment in communities across the nation,” said Carlton Waterhouse, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management. “During this grant cycle, our expanded funding will allow us to address more sites plaguing underserved areas, and in some instances, award grants of greater funding levels. In the case of our Brownfields Cleanup Grants and our Revolving Loan Fund Grants, the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding allows us to remove the matching funds requirements.”

EPA anticipates awarding approximately 198 grants nationwide at amounts ranging from $500,000 to $2 million per award. A portion of the funding available during this grant cycle, approximately $104 million, is available through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which makes a historic investment in cleaning up legacy pollution and delivering economic benefits. With this funding more vacant and abandoned properties will be turned into community assets that will attract jobs and promote economic revitalization in communities.

A link to each of the Request for Application notices, additional application resources, and links to attend the webinars are available on the MARC Grant Application Resources page.

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Funder:
U.S. EPA
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
Varies
Award Amount:
Varies between $500,000 to $2,000,000
November 22, 2022

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