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
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)
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

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Funder:
US Forest Service, USDA
Area of Interest:
Recreation, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
A local governmental entity, Indian Tribe (including Alaska Native Corporations), or a nonprofit organization that is qualified to acquire and manage land.
Award Amount:
Up to $600,000
6/29/2018
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
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
Small Business Advantage Grant

The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants up to $7,000 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to invest in pollution prevention measures, intall energy efficiency equipment, and/or implement natural resource protection projects, thus helping small business operate more efficiently and saving money while simultaneously improving Pennsylvania's environment. 

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
For-profit business with 100 or fewer full-time employees
Award Amount:
Up to $7,000
6-30-20 Projects for this round must be completed
Watershed Restoration and Protection Program

The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. Projects which involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices (BMPs).

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, Higher Education, Watershed Organizations, For-Profit Businesses
Award Amount:
Up to $300,000 for any project. A 15% match of the total project cost is required.
5/31/2019
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
Community Mini-Grants for PA AMD Projects

In 2020, the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition will award mini-grants to four projects on abandoned mine lands (AML) in Alabama, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. The grant award will consist of $7,000 in start-up funds as well as 30 hours of project technical and planning assistance from Downstream Strategies. The grants are intended to provide resources and support to turn viable land reuse concepts into fundable projects. 

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Funder:
Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Alabama, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
state and local governments, economic development organizations, nonprofits, local communities, non-government organizations, and businesses or individuals that would be willing to find community or government partners.
Award Amount:
$7,000 + $3,000 worth of technical assistance
5-1-2020
Environmental Literacy Program

Working at national, regional, and local levels, NOAA funded projects educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. 

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Funder:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of higher education; K-12 public & independent schools and school systems, other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; state and local government agencies; and Indian tribal governments i
Award Amount:
$250,000 to $500,000
4/6/2018 for for applicants who received authorization to submit a full application
Schuylkill Highlands Mini Grant Program

This program provides mini-grants up to $15,000.00 to projects in Berks County, and major portions of Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and to a lesser extent Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, that support the goals and objectives of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape. The Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program funded by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Natural Lands Trust.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Area of Interest:
Education and Outreach, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape (click grant link for more details)
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, non-profits, watershed associations, and friends groups with a 501(c)(3) status
Award Amount:
$15,000
4/30/2019

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