Grants

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

Grant Programsort ascending Funder Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund

The Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund was launched in 2018 to conserve and restore natural areas, corridors and waterways on public and private lands that support native fish, wildlife and plants, and to contribute to the vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. Priority strategies for on-the-ground implementation include:

  • sustaining and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat;
  • improving and maintaining water quality for fish, wildlife and people;
  • sustaining and enhancing water management for volume/flood mitigation to benefit fish and wildlife;
  • and improving public access and outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed.
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Delaware River Watershed
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit organizations; federal, state, interstate and local governments; Indian tribes; and educational institutions
Award Amount:
$50,000 - $500,000
4/1/2021
Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund

Through the Fund, OSI provides three types of grants for partners within the Delaware River Watershed Initiative:

  1. Capital Grants (for Forest Land and/or Farm Buffer projects) applications open until April 1, 2020
  2. Transaction Grants (to jump start land conservation efforts)
  3. and Catalyst Grants (to integrate water quality science into open space plans)
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Funder:
William Penn Foundation, Open Space Institute
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Delaware River Watershed Initiative Cluster Focus Areas
Eligible Applicants:
Delaware River Watershed Initiative Cluster Partners
Award Amount:
No minimum or maximum grant size; typically between $75,000-$450,000
4/1/2020
Delaware River Restoration Fund

The Delaware River Restoration Fund offers Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants that help community-based nonprofits and government agencies work together to clean up and restore polluted waters and improve habitat for target species. These funds are reserved for projects that address at least one of the following strategies in a given focus area within the DRWI Phase 2 Cluster plans:

  1. Conservation on Working Lands (Farms and Forests)
  2. Restoration of Streams, Floodplains, and Wetlands.
  3. Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Urban/Suburban Landscapes
  4. Cornerstone Grants for exceptional strategic planning and partner engagement
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Funder:
William Penn Foundation through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
DRWI Target Clusters, including Middle Schuylkill, Schuylkill Highlands, and Upstream Suburban Philadelphia
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit organizations, local governments and educational institutions
Award Amount:
$50,000 - $500,000
4/1/2021
CREP Mini-Grant Program

PACD is offering conservation districts up to $1,000 to implement virtual educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the CREP Program. Projects should focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment and/or CREP maintenance.

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Funder:
PACD
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
State of Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Conservation Districts
Award Amount:
$1000
4-9-21
Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance ‐ the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve the resource conditions on their land—including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation. 

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Individuals, Legal Entities, Joint Operations, or Native Tribes
Award Amount:
See annual payment formula
6-1-2020
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
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) the country's largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), CREP targets specific State or nationally significant conservation concerns, and federal funds are supplemented with non-federal funds to address those concerns. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and establishing permanent resource conserving plant species, farmers and ranchers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and non-federal incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10-15 years.

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Funder:
Farm Service Agency / U.S. Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Rolling Enrollment
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
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
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

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