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 ascending
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.
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.
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Funder:
Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Private nonprofit entities and/or municipal authorities
Award Amount:
Up to $6,000
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Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program

This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of: drinking water, sewer, solid waste, and stormwater collection, transmission, treatment, and/or disposal.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Rural towns with populations less than 10,000 in the U.S.A.
Eligible Applicants:
State and local governments, non-profits, federally-recognized tribes
Award Amount:
Long-term, low-interest loans. If funds are available, a grant may be combined with a loan if necessary to keep user costs reasonable.
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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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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 Indian Tribes
Award Amount:
See annual payment formula
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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland
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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
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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
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Greened Acre Retrofit Program

GARP funding is available to companies or project aggregators who are able to develop a stormwater management plan on properties that total at least 10 acres in project size located in Philadelphia’s combined sewer service area only. The aggregator will be the direct recipient of funds but must provide agreements or contracts with all participating property owners as part of the grant application. All property owners must execute an Operations and Maintenance Agreement with PWD, and the project aggregator must execute an Economic Opportunity Plan as part of the subgrant agreement. Competitive applications will reduce costs to PWD as much as possible. Once the project is constructed, participating property owners (or customers) will be eligible for credits against their stormwater charges.
 

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Funder:
Philadelphia Water Department
Area of Interest:
Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Philadelphia
Eligible Applicants:
Companies, Nonprofits, Schools
Award Amount:
No min or max
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Stormwater Management Incentives Program

SMIP projects are evaluated based on a variety of criteria, including total volume of stormwater managed, cost competitiveness and other environmental and educational benefits. Competitive applications will limit grant requests to $100,000 or less per impervious acre and manage at least the first 1” of runoff. Payments may not exceed the actual cost for the design and installation of the project. Applicants must be the property owner, PWD customer or tenant with permission from the property owner. 

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Funder:
Philadelphia Water Department
Area of Interest:
Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Philadelphia
Eligible Applicants:
property owner, PWD customer or tenant with permission from the property owner
Award Amount:
Up to $100,000
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