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 Regionsort descending Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
Lawn Conversion Mini-Grants for Conservation Districts

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts was awarded a $100,000 Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to offer Lawn Conversion training and mini-grants to Pennsylvania’s conservation districts. The lawn conversion program will help the Commonwealth achieve a goal of planting 5,000 acres of upland forest and 5,000 acres of meadow by 2025.

The Lawn Conversion for Conservation Districts training recording and a copy of Ryan Davis’s presentation are available on the PA Clean Water Academy. Click here to access the course page. (You will need to be logged in.) It is recommended that you complete the training before applying for the sub-grant.

Questions may be directed to Holly Miller, PACD Program Manager, at hmiller@pacd.org or (717) 794-6105.

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Funder:
PACD, PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Commonwealth of PA
Eligible Applicants:
County Conservation Districts
Award Amount:
varies
June 30, 2026
County Recycling Coordinator Grants

The County Recycling Coordinator Grants outlined in Section 903 provide a 50 percent reimbursement for County Recycling Coordinators’ salary and expenses. This grant is only available to Pennsylvania county governments.

Application Dates for Calendar Year 2022:

Opens – January 2, 2023
Closes – May 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

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Funder:
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Commonwealth of PA
Eligible Applicants:
County government
Award Amount:
up to 50% salary and expenses
May 1, 2023
Mine Map Grant Program

The Mine Map Grant (MMG) provides funding to learning institutions and incorporated nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania to process mine maps and mine data into electronic formats that can be used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other computer applications. Primarily, the MMG will fund the scanning, georeferencing, vectorizing and 3D modeling of mine maps. All these efforts will improve the quality, quantity and delivery of mining information to the millions of residents of Pennsylvania's mining regions.

The MMG also provides opportunities for learning institutions and nonprofits to train individuals in the use of the emerging geospatial technologies that will be integral to many computer operations, especially governmental operations that provide services and information to the residents of Pennsylvania. However, the experience gained from creating geospatial elements of a geodatabase is applicable to almost any profession or business. If you have questions about the MMG, please contact us by email at: RA-MMG@pa.gov

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Funder:
PADEP
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Commonwealth of PA
Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of learning and incorporated nonprofit organizations that are located in Pennsylvania
Award Amount:
$300,000 minimum
February 28, 2023
TreePennsylvania Bare Root Tree Program

TreePennsylvania's Bare Root Tree program aims to assist communities in Pennsylvania with increasing the tree canopy and commitment to urban and community forests.  This program provides 10 – 20 large caliper bare root trees for planting on land owned by a municipality (streets and parks) or non-profit organizations.

Approved applicants are responsible for scheduling a site visit and/or consultation with a PADCNR/Penn State Extension Forester and coordinating pick up of trees at a designated location and date. 

Trees must be planted within one week of pick up. TreePennsylvania will purchase trees on behalf of the communities – funding will not be provided directly to grantees. 

Pre-application deadline is July 29 at 4pm. Applicants will be notified if invited to submit a full application with a deadline of August 15. 

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Funder:
PA DCNR, USFS
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Communities outside Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
Eligible Applicants:
municipalities and non-profit organizations
July 29, 2022 4pm
Northeast SARE: Professional Development Grant

The Professional Development Grant program funds projects that develop the knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes of agricultural and other service providers about sustainable agriculture practices to teach, advise, or assist farmers. A service provider is a professional who assists farmers as part of their work. Projects that develop the ability of other service providers (for example, real estate agents, bankers, and attorneys) to work with farmers are also eligible. These service providers then use what they’ve learned through participation in project activities in their work with farmers.

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Funder:
Northeast SARE with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, municipalities, tribal governments, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, research farms and experiment stations, and for-profit entities who serve the ag commun
Award Amount:
$30,000 to $150,000
August 6, 2024 at 5pm (pre-proposal deadline)
Northeast SARE: Research and Education Grant Program

The Research and Education program funds projects that result in gains in farmer knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes that are then applied to make measurable on-farm changes leading to greater sustainability. The focus on farmer behavior change is a key requirement of this grant program. All proposals must include an education program for farmers that seeks to achieve a “performance target” that describes the changes in practices, behaviors, or conditions among farmers expected to result from the proposed project. Proposals may be submitted with or without an applied research component supporting the education program.

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Funder:
Northeast SARE with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, municipalities, tribal governments, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, research farms and experiment stations, for-profit business entities
Award Amount:
$30,000 and $250,000
August 6, 2024 at 5pm (pre-proposal deadline)
Northeast SARE: Research for Novel Approaches

The Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program funds “proof of concept” applied research projects intended to confirm the benefits and/or feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers in the near future. These practices and approaches may be related to production, marketing, business management, human resource management and other social issues, or other topics related to sustainable agriculture. By “proof of concept,” we mean that evidence from prior experiments or pilot projects strongly suggests a practice or approach is beneficial and feasible, but additional testing, data and refinement is needed before recommending farmer adoption.

Research may be conducted through field trials, laboratory experiments and social science investigations. Exploratory research with little likelihood of determining feasibility for farmer adoption in the near-term will not be funded. There must be documented interest among farmers and service providers in utilizing or promoting the novel approach, should it be proven beneficial and feasible.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. Other aspects of projects funded through the Northeast SARE program include those that address climate-smart agriculture practices intended to improve ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change; increase carbon sequestration; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate-smart practices include reduced and no-till, cover crops, prescribed grazing, ruminant feed management, manure management, fertilizer management, and on-farm energy efficiency. In addition, projects may address traditional ecological knowledge.

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Funder:
Northeast SARE with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, municipalities, tribal governments, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, research farms and experiment stations, for-profit business entities who work with farmers
Award Amount:
$30,000 to $200,000
August 6, 2024 at 5pm (pre-proposal deadline)
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Farmer Grant Program

This program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations, or other research and education techniques.

Topics eligible for funding include marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture, and more.

All types and scales of farms — large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural — can apply. Farm business owners as well as farm employees, whether full- or part-time, can apply.

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Funder:
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Eligible Applicants:
To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “
Award Amount:
$5,000 - $30,000
November 14, 2023
Coastal Zone Grants

This sub-grant program funds planning, design, engineering, education, outreach, construction, acquisition, and research projects for coastal areas, wetlands, public access, intergovernmental organization, non-point source areas, and more. See criteria listed in the Grant Application Instruction Guide.

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Funder:
NOAA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Delaware Estuary or Lake Erie Coastal Zones
Eligible Applicants:
Local governments, area-wide agencies, state agencies, educational institutions, conservation districts, port authorities, public authorities, Incorporated nonprofit, including 501(c)(3), organizations
Award Amount:
Up to $75,000
10/17/2022
Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to conserve, restore, and connect people with fish and wildlife habitat in the Delaware River watershed. The Delaware River Program will award matching grants of $75,000 to $1,500,000 each to conserve, restore and protect habitats on public and private land that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed—as well as benefit the quality of life and economic vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. 

Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, March 21 2024 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

  • In 2024, NFWF will award DWCF grants in four grant categories including: Implementation Grants; Capacity Building Grants; Planning Grants; and Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Grants. More information on the anticipated grant amount range and match requirements per category is located in the RFP.
  • As with previous years, the DWCF seeks to support projects which increase equitable access and community engagement, especially for underserved communities, with the goal of providing opportunities for all to experience the benefits of a healthy Delaware River Watershed. Proposals should include specific demographic details (age, race, ethnicity, poverty rates, unemployment) to highlight communities disproportionately vulnerable to environmental hazards.
  • One million dollars of the available funding will be set aside for proposals that support management, research, monitoring, and/or outreach activities that have direct conservation benefits or meet other priority needs of ESA-listed species, at-risk species, or NFWF business plan species (see the related content section of the RFP for a list of species and additional guidance on priority species conservation).
  • New in 2024, NFWF has approximately $400,000 in dedicated funding from NRCS to support projects under the DWCF working on private, working lands that provide technical assistance to direct staff resources to help agricultural producers design and implement conservation practices benefitting American Black Duck and Golden-winged warbler, target species under USDA's Working Lands for Wildlife program, within the watershed.  
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Funder:
U.S Fish & Wildlife Service with additional funding from USDA NRCS
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Delaware River watershed
Eligible Applicants:
Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations
Award Amount:
$75,000 to $1,500,000
03/21/2024

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