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 ascending Award Amount Date Due
EJ4Climate

A grant program that supports underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to prepare for climate-related impacts.This program is targeted to underserved and vulnerable communities, including Indigenous communities, low-income communities, and communities with heightened risk and increased sensitivity to climate change and that have less capacity and fewer resources to cope with, adapt to, or recover from climate impacts. The degree of risk and sensitivity stems from physical (built and environmental), social, political, and/or economic factors, which interact with each other and are exacerbated by climate impacts. These factors include, but are not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation and identification, national origin, and income inequality.

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Funder:
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, environmental groups, community-based associations, tribal nations, and Indigenous Peoples and communities, Universities, and academic and public research institutions
11/14/2021
2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grant

With support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is pleased to announce $150,000 in grant funding to make public lands more accessible and enjoyable for Americans of all abilities.

When the system of public lands in the United States was first created, its mission was to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and beauty...for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” Today, land management agencies are tasked with the ongoing challenge of preserving ecologically and historically important sites—while making sure that they remain accessible to all segments of the population, including people with disabilities (From NEEF’s Public Land Engagement Guide: https://www.neefusa.org/conservation/public-lands-engagement/activity-guides/focus-on-accessibility-guide).

According to the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html), 61 million Americans are living with a disability and 26% of adults in the US have some type of disability. The National Park Service conservatively estimates that a minimum of 28 million visitors with disabilities from all over the world visit national parks annually. Making sure that everyone truly has access to our shared public lands and waters is an ongoing challenge, supported by activists, outdoors organizations, and land management agencies themselves. NEEF, among other organizations, is committed to making the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people’s daily lives.

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Funder:
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, and federally recognized tribes and local governments.
Award Amount:
Up to $20,000
8/31/2021
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
2023 Regional Trail Workshop Grants

Funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered by WeConservePA, Regional Trail Workshop Grants are awarded to support high-quality educational programming and safety training directly related to land trails, water trails, and greenways. Regional Trail Workshop Grants are reimbursement grants that cover up to 80 percent of the costs directly associated with each workshop (not to exceed $5000) and require at least a 20 percent match from the organization. Grantees are responsible for all remaining workshop costs. Only one grant will be awarded per organization per year.

 

Questions can be directed to Carol Grayshaw at cgrayshaw@weconservepa.org or 717.219.4074.

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Funder:
WeConservePA/PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profits and local/county government
Award Amount:
Up to $5,000
January 25, 2023
DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants (C2P2)

Partnerships projects are collaborative statewide or regional initiatives that help build local, county, regional and statewide capacity to better develop and manage recreation and park facilities and to promote the conservation of natural and heritage resources through plan implementation, education and training.

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Funder:
DCNR
Area of Interest:
Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit with 501(c)3 IRS Status and Non-profit with PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations Status, Regional municiple entities and State-designated Heritage Areas.
04/03/2024
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.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.

Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, habitat, water quality and wildlife monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. 

Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation. This program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program and we expect that more than half of projects awarded will support underserved communities.

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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, 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
January 31, 2024
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
Conservation Outreach: Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Outreach and Partnerships Division (OPD) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership and funding to ensure that all programs and services are made accessible to all NRCS customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching the underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers and landowners. In this Request for Applications (RFA), NRCS requests applications for four OPD priority areas through the Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements. The goal of this outreach is for NRCS in collaboration with partners to expand the delivery of conservation assistance to historically underserved farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged, limited resource, beginning, tribal and veteran. Proposals should support activities that introduce the concepts of climate-smart agriculture and to assist producers with planning and implementation of conservation practices and principles.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Native American tribal governments and organizations, Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations, private and public institutions of higher education, individuals
Award Amount:
$100,000 - $1,000,000
10-25-2021
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. The program will provide mini-grants in the amount of $1,000 to $15,000 for projects that support and advance the goals and objectives of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape. 

Mini-grants that support the goals and mission of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape are eligible to be funded.  Mini grant applications should connect residents and visitors to the outdoors; encourage sustainable regional development; protect natural and cultural resources; and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore the Schuylkill Highlands.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, 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 $15,000
April 28, 2023

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