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 Amountsort descending 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
Rolling
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. In 2020, Pennsylvania NRCS is prioritizing proposals that improve the “technical toolbox” to address the following on-farm resource concerns: non-industrial private forestland, urban farming, and soil health.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Government Agencies, Non-profit Organizations, Individuals
Award Amount:
$5,000 to $75,000
6-29-2020
Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding

River Network and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are excited to announce a funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations working on stewardship activities on USFS administered Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR). Partnership funding will range from $5,000-$10,000 per award for work occurring between August 1 and December 31, 2019. Stewardship projects - e.g. water quality monitoring, river cleanups, habitat restoration, stormwater management, trail delineations, and many more - must protect or enhance Wild and Scenic Rivers.

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Funder:
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and River Network
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit organizations working on stewardship activities on USFS administered Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR)
Award Amount:
$5,000-10,000
6-1-2020
Environmental Education (EE) Grant

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 3 is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

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Funder:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity
Award Amount:
$50,000 - $100,000
1-6-2020
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:
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
4/2/2020
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
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
Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant

The goal of the HWC Grant Program is to “accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds”, with primary focus on prevention of land deterioration by protecting healthy watersheds that already have many of their services and systems intact.

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Funder:
U.S. Endowment of Forestry and Communities, U.S. Environmental Protection, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States and U.S. Territories
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit Organizations, For-profit Companies, Tribes, Intertribal Consortia, Interstates, States, Local Government Agencies (including water utilities and wastewater facilities), Colleges and Universities
Award Amount:
$50,000-$250,000
Typically the beginning of February. No 2020 funding is currently available.
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
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
Youth River Education, Recreation Program Grants

The National Park Service and River Network are pleased to announce a grant opportunity to fund projects that develop and/or expand “on-water” education, recreation, and/or cultural preservation programs for youth and young adults. Supported projects will include diverse partner organizations that work together to enhance and expand availability of recreational, educational, and cultural preservation opportunities and programming for youth and adults on land and on water. https://www.rivernetwork.org/youth-river-education-recreation-program-grants-now-available/

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Funder:
National Park Service and The River Network
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach, Recreation
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit organizations, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments
Award Amount:
$5000 - $25000
6-10-2020

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