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
Act 13 - Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program (OAWP)

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for funding orphan or abandoned well plugging projects using the Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program (OAWP). Pennsylvania has hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells drilled since 1859. This program provides a mechanism to plug abandoned and orphaned wells that have the potential to cause health, safety or environmental concerns. Projects which involve the cleaning out and plugging of abandoned and orphan oil and gas wells; stray gas mitigation systems; and well venting projects.

Applications will be accepted between February 1st and May 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by May 31st.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Pathogens and Point Source
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, Authorized Organization, Institution of Higher Education, Watershed Organization, For-Profit Businesses, Councils of Governments
Award Amount:
maximum of $1,000,000
05/31 of each year
Act 13 - Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP)

The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. Projects which involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices (BMPs).

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Funder:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, Councils of Governments, Authorized Organization, Institution of Higher Education, Watershed Organization, For-Profit Businesses
Award Amount:
up to $300,000
05/31 of each year
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches by collaboratively establishing conservation easements.

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Funder:
USDA NRCS
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
American Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations
Award Amount:
Varies; Technical Assistance
Rolling
Agricultural Management Assistance Program

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides funding assistance to help agricultural producers reduce risk by voluntarily installing conservation practices to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Applicants must have an interest in an agricultural operation, either as a producer of crops or livestock, or as an owner of land.
Rolling
Agricultural Research Projects

The Department of Agriculture (Department) is soliciting applications to conduct agricultural research on one or more of the following research topic areas, with the research to be conducted from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with the possibility, but not the assurance, of extending that research into subsequent years.

 Some topics include: various multiyear research projects, climate adaptation and mitigation, spotted lanternfly, conservation BMPs, the PA Pollinator Protection Plan, dairy product research, blockchain technology, workforce development, urban agriculture, pesticide impacts, noxious weeds, etc. 

Interested applicants must submit a complete electronic research project proposal and grant application using the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application web site at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx on Friday, June 25, 2021, by 4 p.m. PAST DUE - Check back for more funding opportunities next year. 

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Award Amount:
Not specified
06/21/2021
America the Beautiful Challenge

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), through anticipated cooperative agreements from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is pleased to announce the launch of the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC) 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP). The ATBC vision is to streamline grant funding opportunities for new voluntary conservation and restoration projects around the United States. This Request for Proposals is a first step toward consolidating funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale, locally led projects that address shared funder priorities spanning public and private lands.

In year one of the ATBC approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding to advance the America the Beautiful Initiative and its goals to connect and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend. In the first year, ATBC will seek to fund projects across the following themes:

  1. Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds 
  2. Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks 
  3. Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds and seascapes 
  4. Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought and other climate-related threats
  5. Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

Collectively, these themes allow applicants to develop landscape-level ATBC proposals that address conservation and public access needs that showcase cumulative benefits to fish and wildlife, carbon sequestration and storage benefits, engage with and benefit underserved communities, support community access to nature, and help safeguard ecosystems through conservation, resilience-focused and nature-based solutions. 

Projects funded through the ATBC will advance the principles underlying the America the Beautiful Initiative, as described in the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Report:

  1. Pursue a collaborative and inclusive approach to conservation
  2. Conserve America’s lands and waters for the benefit of all people
  3. Support locally led and locally designed conservation efforts
  4. Honor Tribal sovereignty and support the priorities of Tribal nations
  5. Pursue conservation and restoration approaches that create jobs and support healthy communities
  6. Honor private property rights and support the voluntary stewardship efforts of private landowners and fishers
  7. Use science as a guide
  8. Build on existing tools and strategies with an emphasis on flexibility and adaptive approaches
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States - nationwide
Eligible Applicants:
State government agencies, territories of the United States, and Indian Tribes2 are eligible to apply for all four grant categories. Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, and educational institutions are eligible to ap
Award Amount:
Ranges by grant category
July 21, 2022
AML/AMD Reclamation Awards

EPCAMR has once again partnered with the Appalachian Region Independent Power Producer’s Association (ARIPPA) to offer a competitive award to watershed organizations working on Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and/or Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) remediation projects in the Anthracite and Bituminous Regions of PA. Grants, at a maximum of $2,500, will be awarded to at least one eligible organization or local government entity (ex. Conservation District) in each region. EPCAMR is hoping to see several good project proposals that we can help fund for this year. Grant proposals should be for on-the-ground AML/AMD construction projects with a completion date between August 2020 and August 2022.

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Funder:
EPCAMR and ARIPPA
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Anthracite and Bituminous Regions of Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Watershed organizations and local government entities (ex. Conservation Districts)
Award Amount:
$2500
7-31-2021
ARIPPA AMD/AML Reclamation Grant

The Appalachian Region Independent Power Producers Association (ARIPPA) is partnering with the Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Coalitions for Abandoned Mine Reclamation to offer competitive awards to watershed and conservancy organizations facilitating abandoned mine drainage (AMD) and/or abandoned mine land (AML) remediation projects in Pennsylvania.

Awards are granted under the guidance and administration of EPCAMR and WPCAMR. The amount distributed by ARIPPA in 2023 will be $6,000. However, the total grant award could potentially increase depending on contributions from other donors.

Funding may be used for, but not limited to, the following:

-- Operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of AMD treatment systems

-- Stream monitoring equipment purchases

-- Analyses and watershed plans

-- Vegetation management and erosion control

-- Educational purposes to promote AMD/AML reclamation

-- Supplies for trash cleanups

-- Drone purchase and training to use as a tool to promote AMD/AML reclamation

The ARIPPA AMD/AML Reclamation Grants are designed to help environmental organizations and conservation districts continue their efforts toward improving our environment.

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Funder:
Appalachian Region Independent Power Producers Association
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)(3) nonprofit or Conservation Districts in PA who provide a letter stating the organization supports ARIPPA, including the removal and conversion of coal refuse into alternative energy and the beneficial use of CFB ash for AML/AMD reclamation.
Award Amount:
up to $3,000 per project; potentially more depending on funding availability
May 31, 2023
Bare Root Tree Program

The new TreeVitalize Bare Root Tree program aims to assist communities in Pennsylvania with increasing the tree canopy and commitment to urban and community forests.  This program provides up to 20 large caliper bare root trees for planting on land owned by a municipality (streets and parks) or non-profit organizations. This is a first come/first serve grant program.

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Funder:
Tree Pennsylvania
Area of Interest:
Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania except for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
Eligible Applicants:
municipalities, non-profits
Award Amount:
Up to 20 large caliper bare root trees (approx. $2,000 value)
Berks County Community Foundation Teacher Mini Grants

Mini-Grants for innovative K-12 classroom projects at any of Berks County's public schools.

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Funder:
Berks County Community Foundation
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Berks County
Eligible Applicants:
Public School Teachers
Award Amount:
up to $500
December 15, 2022

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