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
Conservation Innovation Grants

CIG is a voluntary program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and innovative ways to transfer conservation methods from one geographic area or ag sector to another.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Unrestricted
Award Amount:
$5,000 to $75,000
3-15-2021
Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland
Rolling
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
Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners through partnership agreements, program contracts, or conservation easement agreements.
Project applications are now being accepted for locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality (including drinking water sources), combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
See grant link for a map of eligible areas
Eligible Applicants:
Farmers and Landowners OR Eligible Partner Organizations, including: Farmer Cooperatives, State or local governments, Native Tribes, Water Districts, Municipal water and wastewater treatment entities, Higher education institutions, other established NGOs
Award Amount:
$250,000 - $10 million
11-4-2020
Conservation Collaboration Grants

The purpose of Conservation Outreach Grants or Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to assist historically underserved farmers and ranchers and assist farmers and ranchers to improve, restore or maintain natural resources that:

  1. Improve soil health.
  2. Improve water quality.
  3. Provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern.
  4. Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
  5. Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
U.S.A.
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)(3) nonprofits, higher education, or an individual.
Award Amount:
$250,000 - $1 million
2/7/2020
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 Enrollment
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership

USDA is making available up to $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities.

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Funder:
USDA Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
National
Eligible Applicants:
Agricultural landowners
Award Amount:
No min or max
6/14/2019
Valley Creek Watershed Grant Program

The Valley Creek Trustee Council, comprised of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the National Park Service, oversees a grant program to provide funding for restoration of the Valley Creek Watershed in Chester County, PA. The goal of this funding is to improve trout habitat and angler access through implementation of projects related to stormwater management, stream channel stabilization, establishment of greenways via easements or land purchase, increased public access to streams, and/or brook trout restoration in Crabby Creek. If you have questions, please contact the grant administrator Jeff Schmid at  jschmid@pa.gov

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Funder:
Valley creek Trustee Council
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach, Recreation, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Valley Creek Watershed, Chester County, PA
Award Amount:
At least $30,000
1-24-2020
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.  https://conservationtools.org/ceap

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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 $6,000
Rolling
Regional Trails Program

DVRPC's Regional Trails Program provides planning assistance and financial support to trail developers, counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to complete the Circuit, Greater Philadelphia's 800-plus-mile network of multi-use trails. Eligible activities include trail planning and feasibility studies, design and engineering, and construction. A detailed interactive map of the Circuit Trails can be found on the DVRPC website.

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Funder:
William Penn Foundation
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach, Recreation
Eligible Region:
DVRPC 9-county region plus Berks County
Eligible Applicants:
State, county, municipal and city agencies and departments, development corporations, and nonprofit organizations
Award Amount:
Up to $300,000, 20% match required
11-13-2020

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