Grants

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

Grant Program Fundersort descending Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
2022 Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River Mini-Grant Program

The Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic (LDWS) River Management Council announces the availability of 2022 Wild & Scenic Mini-Grants. These grants are intended for projects that support and enhance the goals of the LDWS Management Plan.Only new projects being completed in and benefiting the LDWS corridor will be eligible.

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Funder:
Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Bucks County and Northampton, PA among several other NJ counties in the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River
Eligible Applicants:
Municipal appointed community committees, Schools, Community and non-profit 501(c)3, Government entities
Award Amount:
$5,000 or less
01/07/2022
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
Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program

The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program is intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements by supporting local projects that further the goals of the county comprehensive plan and the plan’s themes of Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy. 

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Funder:
Montgomery County, PA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Montgomery County, PA
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities
Award Amount:
$10,000 to $200,000
Rolling
UAC Grant Initiative

Only conservation districts as defined by state statute are eligible to apply for these grants. If NACD is able to continue this program, the next round of funding will open in Fall of 2023.

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Funder:
NACD
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
PA
Eligible Applicants:
Conservation Districts
Check back Fall 2023
2023 OUTREACH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Grant program is a partnership between NACD and NRCS. Our mutual goal is to achieve equitable outcomes for producers and communities while addressing conservation issues on private lands.

Effective and equitable outreach, conservation education, technical assistance, and land stewardship have never been more important. Through historic federal investments such as the Inflation Reduction Act, NRCS will invest over $20 billion in working land conservation over five years. Conservation districts, their respective state/territory associations and agencies, Resource Conservation & Development Councils, and tribal organizations help provide the outreach, education, mentoring, and technical assistance that helps farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards make informed decisions on their land to enhance its sustainability.

Total anticipated amount to be awarded is $15M. There is a 20% match (cash or in-kind) requirement.

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Funder:
National Association of Conservation Districts and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
nationwide
Eligible Applicants:
Conservation districts,Conservation Districts’ respective state agencies, Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Tribal government (federally recognized & state designated)
Award Amount:
varies
August 6, 2023
2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grant

With support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is pleased to announce $150,000 in grant funding to make public lands more accessible and enjoyable for Americans of all abilities.

When the system of public lands in the United States was first created, its mission was to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and beauty...for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” Today, land management agencies are tasked with the ongoing challenge of preserving ecologically and historically important sites—while making sure that they remain accessible to all segments of the population, including people with disabilities (From NEEF’s Public Land Engagement Guide: https://www.neefusa.org/conservation/public-lands-engagement/activity-guides/focus-on-accessibility-guide).

According to the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html), 61 million Americans are living with a disability and 26% of adults in the US have some type of disability. The National Park Service conservatively estimates that a minimum of 28 million visitors with disabilities from all over the world visit national parks annually. Making sure that everyone truly has access to our shared public lands and waters is an ongoing challenge, supported by activists, outdoors organizations, and land management agencies themselves. NEEF, among other organizations, is committed to making the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people’s daily lives.

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Funder:
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, and federally recognized tribes and local governments.
Award Amount:
Up to $20,000
8/31/2021
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.

Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, habitat, water quality and wildlife monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. 

Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation. This program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program and we expect that more than half of projects awarded will support underserved communities.

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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, Local Governments, Municipal Governments, Indian Tribes, and Educational Institutions
Award Amount:
$20,000-$50,000
January 31, 2024
Resilient Communitities

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, sustain appropriate water quantity and quality and enhance forest conservation. By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources and help prepare for foreseeable resilience challenges. 

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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, Indian tribes
Award Amount:
$100,000 to $500,000
Rolling
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
National Coastal Resilience Fund

NFWF will award approximately $29 million in grants to create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in three focus areas:

  • Project Preliminary Design and Site Assessment
  • Project Final Design and Permitting
  • ​​Project Restoration and Monitoring
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Area of Interest:
Stormwater
Eligible Region:
U.S. Coastal States
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profits, State and territorial government agencies, local and tribal governments, educational institutions, commercial (for-profit) organizations.
Award Amount:
$125,000 on average

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