Grants

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

Grant Programsort descending Funder Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
Conservation Easement Assistance Program

The Conservation Easement Assistance Program provides small grants to conservation organizations to help cover the costs of:

  • Completing conservation as well as trail and fishing access easements
  • Amending and restating older easement documents
  • Establishing or updating baseline documentation
  • Installing signs on eased properties.

The program helps to increase the quantity and quality of easements.  

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Funder:
WeConservePA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Private nonprofit entities and/or municipal authorities
Award Amount:
Up to $7,500
Year-round applications accepted
Conservation Innovation Grants

CIG is a voluntary program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and innovative ways to transfer conservation methods from one geographic area or ag sector to another.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Unrestricted
Award Amount:
$5,000 to $75,000
7-19-2021
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) the country's largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), CREP targets specific State or nationally significant conservation concerns, and federal funds are supplemented with non-federal funds to address those concerns. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and establishing permanent resource conserving plant species, farmers and ranchers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and non-federal incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10-15 years.

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Funder:
Farm Service Agency / U.S. Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Rolling Enrollment
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - Mini Grants

PACD is now accepting mini-grant applications for up to $3,000 to implement educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Projects should focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment, and/or CREP maintenance.

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Funder:
PACD
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Applicants:
landowners, contractors, municipal officials, watershed organizations and homeowners
Award Amount:
Up to $3,000
12/12/2021
Conservation Reserve Program

In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Most rural, unforested areas within 180-feet of streams, ponds, lakes, and wetlands with open water are eligible
Award Amount:
$40-350 per acre per year in rental payment
Rolling Enrollment
Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you identify natural resource problems in your operation and provide technical and financial assistance to solve those problems or attain higher stewardship levels in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Individuals, Legal Entities, Joint Operations, or Native Tribes
Award Amount:
See annual payment formula
Year-round applications accepted
Consumptive Use Mitigation Grant Program

The Commission is offering a new grant program for the implementation of innovative pilot projects that improve water availability and watershed resiliency during critical low flow periods and droughts throughout the Susquehanna River Basin. Improvements can include: environmental and water quality improvement projects that support the resiliency of water resources (both in terms of water quality and quantity) during drought conditions (e.g., groundwater recharge, restoring wetlands/streams/floodplains, improving stormwater management, treating abandoned mine drainage).

A minimum 10% cash match is required for the total requested grant funds.

 

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Funder:
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Although a proposed project generally must be located within the Susquehanna River Basin, adjacent projects may be eligible provided that the consumptive use mitigation will benefit watersheds and streams within the Basin.
Eligible Applicants:
Project sponsors, government agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Award Amount:
$4 to $6 million in grant funding in this first year of the grant program offering and encourages grant applicant requests to be greater than $100,000
01/28/2022
CREP Mini-Grant Program 2022

PACD offers mini-grants for conservation districts for up to $3,000 to implement educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Projects should focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment and/or CREP maintenance.

TIMELINE

• Deadline to apply: February 25, 2022
• Announce recipients: March 4, 2022
• Deadline for final reports: August 31, 2022
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Funder:
PACD
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
State of Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Conservation Districts
Award Amount:
$3000
02/25/2022
Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund

Through the Fund, OSI provides three types of grants for partners within the Delaware River Watershed Initiative:

  1. Capital Grants (for Forest Land and/or Farm Buffer projects)
  2. Transaction Grants (to jump start land conservation efforts)
  3. and Catalyst Grants (to integrate water quality science into open space plans)
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Funder:
William Penn Foundation, Open Space Institute
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Delaware River Watershed Initiative Cluster Focus Areas
Eligible Applicants:
Delaware River Watershed Initiative Cluster Partners
Award Amount:
No minimum or maximum grant size; typically between $75,000-$450,000
01/21/2022 - Rolling
DEP Agriculture Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

DEP is offering rebates to Pennsylvania agricultural producers for energy efficiency projects. Applications are being accepted effective September 20, 2021, and rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available, through March 31, 2022.

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Funder:
DEP
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Applicants:
Farmers who are commercial agriculture producers who conduct normal farming operations in Pennsylvania.
03/31/2022

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