Grants

Upcoming grant & award deadlines from PA Environment Digest: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=45853&SubjectID=

Grant Programsort descending Funder Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
Stormwater Management Incentives Program

Stormwater Grants can pay for the design and construction of stormwater retrofit projects on non-residential properties in Philadelphia. Stormwater retrofit projects provide an opportunity to add new landscaping, fix drainage problems, and improve the appearance of a property. All projects should propose to manage the first 1.5 inches of rainfall from hard surfaces in an SMP. Projects can also depave areas of their property for additional stormwater management.

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Funder:
Philadelphia Water Department
Area of Interest:
Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Philadelphia
Eligible Applicants:
With the permission from the property owner, anyone can apply for a Stormwater Grant. This includes property owners themselves, tenants, community groups, non-profits and businesses, and stormwater management vendors.
Award Amount:
Up to $100,000
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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
Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 6th, 2020 the availability of $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories: 

  • Planning Projects ($1 million for projects that initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs.)
  • Implementation Projects ($2 million for projects that accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers.)
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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
USA
Award Amount:
Varies
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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
Valley Creek Watershed Grant Program

The Valley Creek Trustee Council, comprised of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the National Park Service, oversees a grant program to provide funding for restoration of the Valley Creek Watershed in Chester County, PA. The goal of this funding is to improve trout habitat and angler access through implementation of projects related to stormwater management, stream channel stabilization, establishment of greenways via easements or land purchase, increased public access to streams, and/or brook trout restoration in Crabby Creek. If you have questions, please contact the grant administrator Jeff Schmid at  jschmid@pa.gov

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Funder:
Valley creek Trustee Council
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Valley Creek Watershed, Chester County, PA
Award Amount:
At least $30,000
1-24-2020
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
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.
Year-round applications accepted
Water Level Monitoring Grants

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is offering a new grant program to project sponsors specifically targeted to support the collection and reporting of water level data in groundwater production wells in the basin.

Grant funding is focused on needs such as purchasing, installing, or maintaining water level monitoring equipment, to provide the appropriate data collection methods to meet the Commission’s requirements to monitor and report operational data. Funding should have the potential to positively impact a project sponsor’s ability to report reliable water level data, develop a valuable resource of operational water level data, prepare for the permit renewal process, and allow informed management of a water system.

Grants may be used for projects that are not currently collecting water level data from their well(s) or may be used to upgrade equipment: to address equipment failure; to achieve better accuracy; to improve efficiency; or to automate water level measurement/recording.

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Funder:
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Area of Interest:
Eligible Region:
Susquehanna River Basin
Eligible Applicants:
Most projects in the Susquehanna River Basin approved to withdraw groundwater are eligible to apply. The program is open to both public and non-public project sponsors.
Award Amount:
up to $1,500 per source, with a facility cap of $7,500 per year
08/01/2021 will have second round open in spring of 2022
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.
2/1 through 5/31 annually
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $17 million for conservation partners to help protect and restore critical wetlands on agricultural lands through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is prioritizing proposals that focus on assisting historically underserved producers conserving wetlands. Proposals from partners are due August 15, 2021. PAST DUE - Check USDA Newsroom Releases for future funding oppotunities.

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Funder:
USDA Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
National
Eligible Applicants:
Agricultural landowners
Award Amount:
No min or max
08/15/2021
Wild & Scenic Rivers Community Watershed Science Funding

River Network and the National Park Service (NPS) are excited to announce a funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations working on community watershed science activities on NPS administered Wild and Scenic Rivers and Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers. Funding will range from $3,000-$10,000 per award for work occurring between July 15th, 2020 and November 16th, 2020. Grants are targeted at improving the water quality and health of Wild and Scenic Rivers and the watersheds that surround them.  Activities that meet the goals of this funding include monitoring, pollution source quantification, stream restoration activities, etc. https://www.rivernetwork.org/wild-scenic-rivers-community-watershed-science-funding/

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Funder:
National Park Service and The River Network
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)(3) organizations that are a member of River Network
Award Amount:
$3,000 - $10,000
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