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 Applicantssort descending Award Amount Date Due
Schuylkill Highlands Mini Grant Program

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 Natural Lands. This grant program provides small grants up to $25,000.00 for projects in Berks County, major portions of Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks, and to a lesser extent Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, that support the goals and objectives of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape. The two major priorities of this grant are:

  • Natural Resource-Based Conservation
  • Nature-Based Tourism
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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, 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 registered friends groups with a 501(c)(3) status
Award Amount:
Up to $25,000
5-15-2020
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:
Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations
Award Amount:
$500-$900/day
3/4/2020
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community stewarship to preserve local natural resources by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country.

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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, Local Governments, Municipal Governments, Indian Tribes, and Educational Institutions
Award Amount:
$20,000-$50,000
1/30/2020
TreeVitalize Grants Program

TreePennsylvania, an independent non-profit agency, currently manages the statewide TreeVitalize grant program. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to promote and develop sustainable urban forestry programs within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Projects include:

  • Community Forestry Management Grants
  • Tree Planting Grants
  • Urban Riparian Buffer Grants
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Funder:
PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, Municipalities, Schools, Scouting Groups, and Community Organizations
Award Amount:
Up to $20,000
6/1/2021
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:
Engagement & Stewardship, 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.
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants allow nonprofits, local governments, and other organizations to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of areas affected by the presence of brownfields. Through the EWDJT Program, graduates develop the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including sustainable cleanup and reuse, water quality improvement, chemical safety, and emergency response. 

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Funder:
U.S. EPA
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit organizations, local governments
Award Amount:
Up to $200,000
9-22-2020
Southeast PA TreeVitalize Watersheds Program

Since 2005, TreeVitalize Watersheds has focused on planting trees along stream corridors, adjacent upland areas and “naturalized” stormwater basins in the five-county region of southeastern Pennsylvania. 

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Funder:
PA DEP and Aqua PA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
Eligible Applicants:
non-profit organizations, municipalities and others (must be a certified Tree Tender)
Award Amount:
No min or max
11-2020
2020 September Trails Celebration Mini Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are pleased to offer mini-grants of up to $500 to help community organizations and trail groups celebrate PA Trails Month, September 2020. Includes supplies, shuttle or bike services, and other event costs.

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Funder:
PA Environmental Council & PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resoruces
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties, and educational institutions
Award Amount:
$500
7-10-2020
Coldwater Conservation Grants

Planning grants of up to $5,000 are awarded for the creation of a Coldwater Conservation Plan that will ultimately conserve and protect the coldwater streams of Pennsylvania. 

Implementation grants of up to $8,000 may be used to pay for equipment, materials, meeting expenditures, construction activities and other services to implement recommendations for projects that enhance, conserve, or protect the streams in which a conservation plan was originally completed. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: aquatic habitat improvement structures, riparian buffers, stomrwater BMPs, agricultural BMPs, acid deposition abatement, education & outreach programs, stream bank restorations, etc. Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed associations, conservation districts, conservancies, and municipalities are among those eligible to apply.

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Funder:
Coldwater Heritage Partnership
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profits, Municipalities, Municipal authorities, Counties, Watershed Associations, Conservancies
Award Amount:
Up to $8,000
2-15-2021
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

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