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
Conservation Reserve Program

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) provide technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and landowners to address soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The programs provide assistance in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. Both programs are administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning, and technical assistance for practice implementation and maintenance. 

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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
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Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting applications for EPA Section 319 Watershed Restoration and Planning Grants starting June 24.  The deadline for applications is August 9, 2019. 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.

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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
8/9/2019
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)
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Resource Enhancement & Protection Program (REAP)

Through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program, farmers, landowner, and businesses earn tax credits for implementing "Best Management Practices" (BMPs) that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources. Eligible project costs include project design, management, construction, equipment, and post-construction expenses. Eligible applicants receive between 50% to 75% of project cost in the form of State tax credits for up to $250,000 per operation in a 7-year time-frame. Farmers can work with a sponsor that will help to finance the BMP project. https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/StateConservationCommission/REAP/Pages/default.aspx

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Funder:
PA Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Farmers OR a sponsor
Award Amount:
Up to $250,000
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. 

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
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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, Recreation, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, municipal agencies, land trusts, 501(c)(3)s
4/22/2020 4:00PM
Regional Trail Workshop Grants

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is offering reimbursement grants for regional trail workshops and outreach events that deliver educational programming and training related to trails and greenways.

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Funder:
PA Land Trust Association
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
local/county governments, non-profits, businesses
Award Amount:
Up to $5,000
1-15-2020
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:
Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations
Award Amount:
$500-$900/day
3/4/2020
Penn State EESL/LIME Student Seed Grant Competition

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL) and the Laboratory for Isotopes and Metals in the Environment (LIME) are pleased to announce an EESL Green Student Seed Grant competition for Spring 2020. The goal of this competition is to support the research of Penn State students who are interested in conducting analyses in any of the IEE/EESL and the EMS/LIME multi-user research facilities.

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Funder:
Penn State
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Penn State graduate or undergraduate students
Award Amount:
$2,500
1/17/2020
Dirt Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program

Section 9106 of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code annually provides for the allocation of $35,000,000 from the Motor Vehicle License Fund for the Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program.  Of that amount, $7,000,000 is allocated directly to the Bureau of Forestry for maintaining the dirt and gravel roads in their jurisdictions.  The SCC is responsible for allocating the remaining $28,000,000 to the 64 County Conservation Districts who participate in the Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program, including up to $8,000,000 for the maintenance of low-volume roads.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Any state or local public entity that owns and maintains public roads is eligible to apply for Program Funding.
Award Amount:
Ranges by county
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