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 ascending
Chester County Preservation Partnership Program (PPP) - Municipal Grants

The Chester County Department of Parks + Preservation Municipal Grant Program advances the County's Strategic Plan by awarding funds to local governments to assist them with providing parks, trails, and preserves for their citizens. Please contact Judy Thomas at 610-344-5499 or jthomas@chesco.org to find out more about these programs and the grant application process.

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Funder:
Chester County Department of Parks and Preservation
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Chester County
Eligible Applicants:
municipalities and land-owning municipal recreation authorities
Award Amount:
up to 50% of acquisition costs
February 29, 2024
Chester County Preservation Partnership Program (PPP) - Conservancy Grants

The Conservancy Program advances the County's Strategic Plan by awarding funds to non-profit land conservation organizations to assist them with preserving land and connecting people to the land. Please contact Judy Thomas at 610-344-5499 or jthomas@chesco.org to find out more about these programs and the grant application process. 

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Funder:
Chester County Department of Parks and Preservation
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Chester County
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit, 501c3 land conservation and preservation organizations and meet additional criteria in grant guidance
Award Amount:
range depending on grant subtype
February 29, 2024
Mine Map Grant Program

The Mine Map Grant (MMG) provides funding to learning institutions and incorporated nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania to process mine maps and mine data into electronic formats that can be used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other computer applications. Primarily, the MMG will fund the scanning, georeferencing, vectorizing and 3D modeling of mine maps. All these efforts will improve the quality, quantity and delivery of mining information to the millions of residents of Pennsylvania's mining regions.

The MMG also provides opportunities for learning institutions and nonprofits to train individuals in the use of the emerging geospatial technologies that will be integral to many computer operations, especially governmental operations that provide services and information to the residents of Pennsylvania. However, the experience gained from creating geospatial elements of a geodatabase is applicable to almost any profession or business. If you have questions about the MMG, please contact us by email at: RA-MMG@pa.gov

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Funder:
PADEP
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Commonwealth of PA
Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of learning and incorporated nonprofit organizations that are located in Pennsylvania
Award Amount:
$300,000 minimum
February 28, 2023
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
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
Northeast SARE: Research for Novel Approaches

The Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program funds “proof of concept” applied research projects intended to confirm the benefits and/or feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers in the near future. These practices and approaches may be related to production, marketing, business management, human resource management and other social issues, or other topics related to sustainable agriculture. By “proof of concept,” we mean that evidence from prior experiments or pilot projects strongly suggests a practice or approach is beneficial and feasible, but additional testing, data and refinement is needed before recommending farmer adoption.

Research may be conducted through field trials, laboratory experiments and social science investigations. Exploratory research with little likelihood of determining feasibility for farmer adoption in the near-term will not be funded. There must be documented interest among farmers and service providers in utilizing or promoting the novel approach, should it be proven beneficial and feasible.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. Other aspects of projects funded through the Northeast SARE program include those that address climate-smart agriculture practices intended to improve ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change; increase carbon sequestration; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate-smart practices include reduced and no-till, cover crops, prescribed grazing, ruminant feed management, manure management, fertilizer management, and on-farm energy efficiency. In addition, projects may address traditional ecological knowledge.

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Funder:
Northeast SARE with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, municipalities, tribal governments, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, research farms and experiment stations, for-profit business entities who work with farmers
Award Amount:
$30,000 to $200,000
August 6, 2024 at 5pm (pre-proposal deadline)
Northeast SARE: Professional Development Grant

The Professional Development Grant program funds projects that develop the knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes of agricultural and other service providers about sustainable agriculture practices to teach, advise, or assist farmers. A service provider is a professional who assists farmers as part of their work. Projects that develop the ability of other service providers (for example, real estate agents, bankers, and attorneys) to work with farmers are also eligible. These service providers then use what they’ve learned through participation in project activities in their work with farmers.

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Funder:
Northeast SARE with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, municipalities, tribal governments, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, research farms and experiment stations, and for-profit entities who serve the ag commun
Award Amount:
$30,000 to $150,000
August 6, 2024 at 5pm (pre-proposal deadline)
Northeast SARE: Research and Education Grant Program

The Research and Education program funds projects that result in gains in farmer knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes that are then applied to make measurable on-farm changes leading to greater sustainability. The focus on farmer behavior change is a key requirement of this grant program. All proposals must include an education program for farmers that seeks to achieve a “performance target” that describes the changes in practices, behaviors, or conditions among farmers expected to result from the proposed project. Proposals may be submitted with or without an applied research component supporting the education program.

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Funder:
Northeast SARE with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, municipalities, tribal governments, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, research farms and experiment stations, for-profit business entities
Award Amount:
$30,000 and $250,000
August 6, 2024 at 5pm (pre-proposal deadline)
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
AML/AMD Grant Program

The new AML/AMD Grant Program that began in the fall of 2022 will continue with three more application rounds in 2023. The Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation is authorized through the United States Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to issue grants to eligible applicants for the purpose of AML reclamation and AMD treatment or abatement. The Bureau will be accepting applications for projects that reclaim abandoned coal mines or address mine drainage from abandoned coal mines during the following open application periods:

2023 Application Round 2 – July 3, 2023, through 11:59 p.m. August 25, 2023
2023 Application Round 3 – October 2, 2023, through 11:59 p.m. December 2, 2023

Projects eligible to receive a grant through the AML/AMD Grant Program must reclaim or enhance AML sites that pose a threat to the environment and/or public health and safety, as specified in SMCRA. Sites must be determined eligible by BAMR, entered into both DEP’s and OSMRE’s AML inventory systems, and, in most cases, associated with a coal mine that was abandoned prior to August 3, 1977.

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Funder:
BAMR
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
county or municipality, county conservation district, council of government, municipal authority, incorporated nonprofit organizations
Award Amount:
$7 - $10 Million
August 25, 2023

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