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
Swift Current Initiative (funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law)

Pennsylvania will receive $5 million, through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to support Pennsylvania in mitigation against future damage from natural disasters.

“Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the country,” said Gov. Wolf. “Every year we have flooding that does not meet federal thresholds for assistance, so this mitigation funding will help get people out of harm’s way and prevent future losses due to flooding.”

Properties that are covered by a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and have sustained repetitive losses due to flooding are eligible for the new Swift Current initiative, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Homeowners who are interested in this program should contact their local municipality or county emergency management agency for more information. 

The local government in which the property is located is considered the sub-applicant and will work with interested property owners to develop a sub-application. The local government will submit the sub-application to the state on property owner’s behalf, and the state will submit the application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA will select projects based on eligibility and funding available in each state.

Participation in the Swift Current initiative is voluntary. The following project types are eligible to participate in Swift Current even if an insurance claim has been filed:

  • Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition/Relocation;
  • Nonstructural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities;
  • Structure Elevation;
  • Mitigation Reconstruction;
  • Dry Floodproofing of Historic Residential Structures or Non-Residential Structures; and
  • Structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings.
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Funder:
FEMA
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Local governments: cities, townships, counties, and tribal governments can apply as sub-applicants to the state agency (PEMA)
April 1 through October 3, 2022
USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants Program View More
Funder:
USDA NRCS
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Applicants:
state and local government, nongovernment organizations, eligible private business, and individuals.
Award Amount:
$5,000 - $75,000
April 14, 2022
2022 Healing the Planet Grant Program

The Healing the Planet Grant Program, funded by the GIANT Company, aims to support water conservation efforts across The GIANT Company’s operating area in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Applications will be accepted for $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. Interested applicants that have smaller projects that do not meet the minimum grant of $2,500 are encouraged to expand the scope of their project or partner with another organization. Applications for less than $2,500 will not be considered. Applications will be accepted online only until April 28, 2022 at 4:00 PM EST. Applications can be saved and completed at a later date. 

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Funder:
The Giant Company
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery,
Eligible Applicants:
Tax exempt organizations: 501(c)3 non-profits, conservation districts, schools, churches, local and county governments
Award Amount:
up to $10,000
April 28, 2022
Boyertown Area Charitable Giving Program

The Boyertown Area Charitable Program provides grants for programs that improve the quality of life for the residents of the Boyertown Area School District. For questions regarding this opportunity, please email Kevin Lugo, Energy and the Environment Program Officer, at KevinL@bccf.org.

Apply via the Berks County Community Foundation's online portal here

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Funder:
Berks County Community Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Boyertown area school district
August 15, 2022
Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust

The Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust provides grants for programs that improve the quality of life for the residents of the Governor Mifflin School District. For questions regarding this opportunity, please email Kevin Lugo, Energy and the Environment Program Officer, at KevinL@bccf.org

Apply using Berks County Community Foundation's online portal here

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Funder:
Berks County Community Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Governor Mifflin School District
August 15, 2022
Chester County Preservation Partnership Program (PPP) - Municipal Grants

The Chester County Department of Parks + Preservation Municipal Grant Program advances the County's Strategic Plan by awarding funds to local governments to assist them with providing parks, trails, and preserves for their citizens. Applications are due by Friday, February 25, 2022 by 4 p.m. Please contact Judy Thomas at 610-344-5499 or jthomas@chesco.org to find out more about these programs and the grant application process.

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Funder:
Chester County Department of Parks and Preservation
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Chester County
Eligible Applicants:
municipalities and land-owning municipal recreation authorities
Award Amount:
up to 50% of acquisition costs
February 25, 2022
Chester County Preservation Partnership Program (PPP) - Conservancy Grants

The Conservancy Program advances the County's Strategic Plan by awarding funds to non-profit land conservation organizations to assist them with preserving land and connecting people to the land. Please contact Judy Thomas at 610-344-5499 or jthomas@chesco.org to find out more about these programs and the grant application process. 

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Funder:
Chester County Department of Parks and Preservation
Area of Interest:
Eligible Region:
Chester County
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit, 501c3 land conservation and preservation organizations and meet additional criteria in grant guidance
Award Amount:
range depending on grant subtype
February 25, 2022
Regional Trail Workshop Grants

WeConservePA is offering grants of up to $5,000 to conservation-oriented non-profit organizations or local/county governments to support their local trail and greenway outreach and education efforts.

Funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered WeConservePA, Regional Trail Workshop Grants are awarded to support high-quality educational programming and safety training directly related to trails and greenways. Regional Trail Workshop Grants are reimbursement grants that cover up to 80 percent of the costs directly associated with each workshop (not to exceed $5,000) and require a 20 percent match from the organization. Grantees are responsible for all remaining workshop costs. Applicants may only receive one grant per calendar year.

Complete the grant application and budget worksheet and submit to cgrayshaw@weconservepa.org by the application deadline of January 27, 2022 to be considered for the 2022 grant round.

For awarded grants, requests for payment must be submitted to the WeConservePA by October 15, 2022, and only expenses accrued up to September 30, 2022 will be eligible for reimbursement.

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Funder:
WeConservePA
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)3 non-profits, local/county government
Award Amount:
$5,000
January 27, 2022
America the Beautiful Challenge

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), through anticipated cooperative agreements from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is pleased to announce the launch of the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC) 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP). The ATBC vision is to streamline grant funding opportunities for new voluntary conservation and restoration projects around the United States. This Request for Proposals is a first step toward consolidating funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale, locally led projects that address shared funder priorities spanning public and private lands.

In year one of the ATBC approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding to advance the America the Beautiful Initiative and its goals to connect and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend. In the first year, ATBC will seek to fund projects across the following themes:

  1. Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds 
  2. Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks 
  3. Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds and seascapes 
  4. Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought and other climate-related threats
  5. Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

Collectively, these themes allow applicants to develop landscape-level ATBC proposals that address conservation and public access needs that showcase cumulative benefits to fish and wildlife, carbon sequestration and storage benefits, engage with and benefit underserved communities, support community access to nature, and help safeguard ecosystems through conservation, resilience-focused and nature-based solutions. 

Projects funded through the ATBC will advance the principles underlying the America the Beautiful Initiative, as described in the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Report:

  1. Pursue a collaborative and inclusive approach to conservation
  2. Conserve America’s lands and waters for the benefit of all people
  3. Support locally led and locally designed conservation efforts
  4. Honor Tribal sovereignty and support the priorities of Tribal nations
  5. Pursue conservation and restoration approaches that create jobs and support healthy communities
  6. Honor private property rights and support the voluntary stewardship efforts of private landowners and fishers
  7. Use science as a guide
  8. Build on existing tools and strategies with an emphasis on flexibility and adaptive approaches
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States - nationwide
Eligible Applicants:
State government agencies, territories of the United States, and Indian Tribes2 are eligible to apply for all four grant categories. Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, and educational institutions are eligible to ap
Award Amount:
Ranges by grant category
July 21, 2022
Wild Resources Conservation Grant

Overseen by PA DCNR, the Wild Resource Conservation Grant program safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. Grants are awarded in three areas: species surveys, conservation and management.

The eligibility of applicants is dependent on the funding source. WRCP funding sources include both Wild Resource Conservation Fund (WRCF) and Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF), with most the funds available through this solicitation from ESF. Therefore, applicants are strongly advised to seek a sponsoring organization that is eligible for ESF funding.

The following applicant eligibility applies:

  • Counties, municipalities, educational institutions, and tax-exempt 501(3) (c) organizations registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations are eligible to receive grants from ESF for projects intended to protect and conserve biological diversity.
  • Conservation Districts and municipal authorities are also eligible for some types of projects funded by ESF.
  • Individuals, state government agencies and for-profit businesses, in addition to the categories above, are eligible for WRCF funds but not ESF funds.
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Funder:
PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
PA
Eligible Applicants:
varies by funding source
Award Amount:
$30,000 (average)
July 8, 2022

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