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 Duesort descending
NOAA Barrier Removal Grant

Nearly $175 million in funding is available for fish passage projects under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. This funding will support projects that reopen migratory pathways and restore access to healthy habitat for fish around the country. 

In collaboration with NOAA, selected partners will use these funds to implement locally-led removals of dams and other in-stream barriers. Selected projects will assist in sustaining our nation’s fisheries and contributing to the recovery of threatened and endangered species. They may also provide community and economic benefits, such as jobs and climate resilience.

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Funder:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Applicants must propose work in areas that benefit United States migratory fish as defined in the Program Objective
Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local, and tribal governments.
Award Amount:
$1 Million to $20 Million
October 16, 2023
Fall 2022 Supplement - Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants

Supplemental Funding Round for Fall 2022!

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) provides technical and grant assistance in support of community projects related to park and recreation facilities, trails, rivers and open space. Bureau resources also support many of the Commonwealth’s conservation, recreation and heritage partners.

Applicants are also encouraged to consider the following priorities identified in the 2020-2024 Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and how they may relate or be integrated into your community project:

  • Community Parks & Recreation: Priority projects in this category include projects that help rehab existing parks and those that improve access for all.
  • Land Conservation/Watershed Protection: Priority projects in this category include land conservation projects that protect critical habitat, climate resilient lands, forested watersheds, wetlands, and riparian corridors or create critical connections between public or conservation lands.
  • Watershed Restoration/Rivers Implementation: Priority projects in this category include projects that enhance public access to Pennsylvania’s waterways or projects that improve Pennsylvania’s watersheds and waterways including the planting of riparian forest buffers.
  • Trails: Priority projects in this category include projects that close Priority Trail Gap

Click here for Fall 2022 Supplemental Round FAQ

Click here for the complete Suplemental Round guidance package

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Funder:
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Counties, municipalities, councils of governments, conservation districts, and most non-profit organizations are eligible. Non-profit organizations must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 and be registered with PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations
Award Amount:
$50,000 - $5,000,000
October 27, 2022
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. REAP is a first-come, first-served program that enables farmers, businesses, and landowners to earn PA income tax credits to offset the cost of implementing conservation practices.  Tax credits provided by the REAP program helps farmers off-set the costs of implementing best management practices (BMPs) that benefit their farms and work to protect water quality at the same time.

REAP provides funding at levels of 50% - 90% of costs incurred in the implementation of BMPs that reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution.

  • Projects eligible for 50% reimbursement: no-till planting equipment; precision nutrient application equipment; manure storage structures; cover crops; grazing practices; forested riparian buffers; others
  • Projects eligible for 75% reimbursement: BMPs that reduce pollution runoff from animal concentration areas; Nutrient/Manure Management Plans; Conservation/Ag E&S Plans; others
  • Projects eligible for 90% reimbursement (In a TMDL designated watershed) - multi-species cover crops; forested riparian buffers (50+ ft wide); livestock exclusion from streams and associated practices; others

New for 2023-2024

  • Increased focus on multi-species cover crops and cover crop equipment; including cover crop drones
  • Precision nutrient application plans
  • Silvopasture systems
  • No-till and nutrient application equipment upgrade kits

Applications are accepted beginning on the first Monday in August of each calendar year.

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Funder:
PA Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Farmers or a sponsor
Award Amount:
Tax credits of 50 to 75 percent of a project’s eligible out-of-pocket costs. Farmers whose operation is in a watershed with an EPA-mandated Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) can receive REAP tax credits of 90 percent of out-of-pocket costs.
October 31, 2023
Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2i)

The Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2i℠), launched by The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation, concentrates on startups that will help mitigate or adapt to climate change (e.g. reducing GHG emissions, energy efficienty improvements, renewable energy, flood mitigation, stormwater management, etc.) in Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Wilmington DE. The goal is for the start-up to begin and make as much progress around the Impact Project as possible in partnership with Exelon
within 12 months of receiving investment under 2c2i.

-- You can apply for the next 2C2I Cohort today by completing and submitting our application.

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Funder:
Exelon
Area of Interest:
Eligible Region:
Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Wilmington DE
Eligible Applicants:
Start-up companies
Award Amount:
100,000 - 300,000
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Small Project Initiative (SPI)

The Small Project Initiative (SPI) is available statewide and is designed to efficiently support repairs, short-term construction for water, wastewater, non-point source and stormwater improvements.

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Funder:
PennVEST
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Public or private entities involving an agriculture operation or serving communities less than 12,000 people (or 1,000 water hookups)
Award Amount:
Up to $500,000 low-interest loan funding
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Pennsylvania Environmental Council's Mini Grant Programs

PEC provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $10,000 through five programs. Each program has specific goals including topics such as land and water trails, outdoor recreation, resource protection and conservation, and related topics. PEC mini grant funding is awarded to projects that advance the goals of the programs . Eligible applicants include municipalities and nonprofit organizations. 

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Funder:
PA Environmental Council
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation
Eligible Region:
PA
Eligible Applicants:
municipalities and nonprofit organizations
Award Amount:
$500 - 10,000
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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
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Agricultural Management Assistance Program

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides funding assistance to help agricultural producers reduce risk by voluntarily installing conservation practices to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Applicants must have an interest in an agricultural operation, either as a producer of crops or livestock, or as an owner of land.
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Healthy Forest Reserve Program

HFRP provides landowners with 10-year restoration agreements and 30-year or permanent easements for specific conservation actions. For acreage owned by an American Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract. Some landowners may avoid regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act by restoring or improving habitat on their land for a specified period of time.

HFRP applicants must provide proof of ownership, or an operator (tenant) must provide written concurrence from the landowner of tenancy for the period of the HFRP restoration agreement in order to be eligible. Land enrolled in HFRP easements must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measurably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage.

Land enrolled in HFRP easements - must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measurably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
U.S. and U.S. Territories
Eligible Applicants:
Landowners
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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, Engagement & Stewardship, 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
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