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 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 to benefit fish and wildlife; and improving outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed.

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Funder:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Education and Outreach, 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
4/11/2019
Delaware River Restoration Fund

The Delaware River Restoration Fund was launched in late 2013 to help community-based nonprofits and government agencies work together to clean up and restore polluted waters and improve habitat for target species. A part of the Delaware River Program, the Fund awards at least $2 million per year in competitive grants, geographically focused on three priority strategies by cluster:  (1) stewardship of working lands; (2) restoration of wetlands, floodplains and stream corridors; and (3) promoting the adoption of green infrastructure in urban/suburban landscapes.

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Funder:
William Penn Foundation
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Education and Outreach, 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
4/11/2019
National Coastal Resilience Fund

NFWF will award approximately $29 million in grants to create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in three focus areas:

  • Project Preliminary Design and Site Assessment
  • Project Final Design and Permitting
  • ​​Project Restoration and Monitoring
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Area of Interest:
Stormwater
Eligible Region:
U.S. Coastal States
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profits, State and territorial government agencies, local and tribal governments, educational institutions, commercial (for-profit) organizations.
Award Amount:
$125,000 on average
5/20/2019
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
PA Water Trails Mini-Grant

All types of projects that benefit Pennsylvania’s water trails, support the PA Water Trail Program’s eight program principals, and have a one-year time frame will be considered. 

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Funder:
PA Water Trails
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach, Recreation
Eligible Region:
PA
Eligible Applicants:
Any project on or for a designated Pennsylvania Water Trail
Award Amount:
$5000
7/19/2019
Agricultural Research Projects

The Department of Agriculture (Department) is soliciting applications to conduct agricultural research on one or more of the following research topic areas, with the research to be conducted from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020 and a possible extension into future years. Some topics include: various multiyear research projects, climate adaptation and mitigation, spotted lanternfly, conservation BMPs, the PA Pollinator Protection Plan, dairy product research, blockchain technology, industrial hemp, workforce development, urban agriculture, pesticide impacts, noxious weeds, etc. Interested applicants must submit a complete electronic research project proposal and grant application at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019. Questions regarding this online application process may be directed to Sheila Strubhar, Chief of the Contracts and Procurement Division for the Department, (717) 787-1467.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Award Amount:
Not specified
6/28/2019
Multi-functional Riparian Buffer Sub-Grant Program

Pennsylvania’s conservation districts are encouraged to apply for funding to install multi-functional buffers (A riparian forest buffer that provides opportunities for harvesting products such as nuts, berries, woody florals, forbs, and potentially woody biomass) in conjunction with landowners. This grant is first come first served. The grant round will stay open until funds are used up or June 30, 2021, whichever comes first.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Assocation of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Pennsylvania Conservation Districts and Landowners
Award Amount:
No min or max
6/30/2021 (Rolling)
Coldwater Heritage Partnership Watershed Grants

Grants of approximately $5,000 are awarded for the creation of a Coldwater Conservation Plan that will ultimately conserve and protect the coldwater streams of Pennsylvania. 

Grants up to $8,000 may be used to pay for equipment, materials, meeting expenditures, construction activities and other services to implement recommendations for projects that enhance, conserve, or protect the streams in which a conservation plan was originally completed. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: aquatic life improvement structures, riparian buffers, stomrwater BMPs, agricultural BMPs, education & outreach programs, stream bank restorations, etc.

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Funder:
Coldwater Heritage Partnership
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profits, Municipalities, Municipal authorities, and Counties.
Award Amount:
Up to $8,000
12/15
NRCS Farm Bill Program Assistance

Through a cooperative agreement, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), have made available $9 million in technical assistance grants to six Pennsylvania conservation districts to help implement Farm Bill Programs. The funds will increase the technical capacity among conservation districts, allowing them to work with more farmers and landowners to address natural resouce concerns. For additional information, please contact your local USDA NRCS Service Center or conservation district.

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Funder:
NRCS
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Jefferson, Tioga, Lehigh, Northampton, Northumberland, and York Counties.
Eligible Applicants:
Conservation Districts
Award Amount:
No min or max
Rolling
PECO Green Region

Recognizing that open space in our communities is crucial to the quality of our lives, PECO has committed to supporting municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits in Southeastern Pennsylvania with their ongoing efforts to preserve, protect and improve public spaces.

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Funder:
PECO
Area of Interest:
Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York Counties within a PECO area of service
Eligible Applicants:
Any township, borough, city, or regional recreational authority. Includes incorporated nonprofit neighborhood organizations with Philadelphia.
Award Amount:
No min or max
10/31/2019

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