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 Regionsort descending Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting applications for EPA Section 319 Watershed Restoration and Planning Grants.  The Department is focusing these grants on projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution in targeted watersheds with WIPs, especially projects that reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment pollution from agricultural and stormwater runoff, along with AMD-related pollution from iron, aluminum and acidity. The Department is particularly interested in projects that implement effective best management practices (BMP) that reduce or eliminate stream impairments within WIP areas, leading to local water quality improvements.

Last application period was from April 22 – June 25, 2021. Check website for future funding opportunities. 

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
incorporated watershed associations, counties or municipalities; county conservation districts; and council of governments or other authorized organizations including nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipal authorities
Rolling
Land Acquisition and Conservation

These projects involve the purchase and/or donation of land for park and recreation areas, greenways, critical habitat areas and/or open space.

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Funder:
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, municipal agencies, land trusts, 501(c)(3)s
4/22/2020 4:00PM
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
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), administered jointly with the PA Department of Environmental Protection, provides a resource for financing various public drinking water systems (including systems owned by for-profit entities and not-for-profit entities) for expenditures for projects which will facilitate compliance with national and state drinking water regulations or otherwise advance the health-protection objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving funds are funded by federal capitalization grants and State matching funds. 

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Funder:
Pennvest, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Water Utilities (see link for more details)
Rolling
EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund

The PENNVEST Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program provides funding to projects throughout Pennsylvania for the construction and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater management projects, nonpoint source pollution controls, and watershed and estuary management. (Rolling: 4 cutoff dates per year)

This program offers low interest loans with flexible terms to assist a variety of borrowers that include local governments, municipalities, and privately owned entities and to establish partnerships to leverage other funding sources. 

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Funder:
PennVEST
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
See link for more details
Award Amount:
Low interest loans
Rolling
Environmental Education Grants Program

DEP’s Environmental Education Grants Program provides funding for Non-formal and Formal environmental education projects. The goal of environmental education is an environmentally literate citizenry, prepared to make informed decisions and take positive actions to help ensure the state’s natural resources are available for the use and enjoyment of future generations. The DEP Environmental Education Grants Program will not provide funding for projects that are not entirely focused on environmental education.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Public schools and districts, incorporated private schools, incorporated conservation and education organizations and institutions, universities and colleges, county conservation districts, incorporated non-profit organizations, businesses registered to c
Award Amount:
Up to $85,000
12-10-2021
Sewage Facilities Program

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for statewide initiatives for complying with the Act of January 24, 1966 (1965 P. L. 1535, No. 537), known as the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act. Grants up to $100,000 will be awarded for costs associated with the planning work required under 537.e 

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Funder:
PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, Government Councils, Authorized Organizations, Higher Education Institutions, Watershed Organizations, For-Profit Businesses
Award Amount:
Up to $100,000. A 50% match of the total project cost is required.
05/31 of each year
State Wildlife Grant Program

Funds for the State Wildlife Grants program (SWG) are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep species from becoming federally listed as threatened or endangered. Annually appropriated by the U.S. Congress, Pennsylvania's funds are apportioned between the Fish and Boat Commission and Game Commission to address each agencies' trust species and habitats. The priority topic for the project will help support Pennsylvania's amphibian and reptile Species of Greatest Conservation Need found in the 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan

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Funder:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Area of Interest:
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Any organization, agency, person, etc. in PA
Award Amount:
Up to 65% of total project costs
Rolling
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
Pennsylvania River Sojourn Mini-Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) offers grants on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Events must incorporate significant educational programming, and be open to all participants (i.e., private trips are not eligible). 

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations
Award Amount:
$500-$900/day
3/4/2020

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