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
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) the country's largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), CREP targets specific State or nationally significant conservation concerns, and federal funds are supplemented with non-federal funds to address those concerns. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and establishing permanent resource conserving plant species, farmers and ranchers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and non-federal incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10-15 years.

For more information on the CREP program within Pennsylvania's portion of the Delaware River basin click here.

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Funder:
Farm Service Agency / U.S. Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Rolling Enrollment
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - Mini Grants

PACD is now accepting mini-grant applications for up to $3,000 to implement educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Projects should focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment, and/or CREP maintenance.

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Funder:
PACD
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Applicants:
landowners, contractors, municipal officials, watershed organizations and homeowners
Award Amount:
Up to $3,000
12/12/2021
Conservation Reserve Program

In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Most rural, unforested areas within 180-feet of streams, ponds, lakes, and wetlands with open water are eligible
Award Amount:
$40-350 per acre per year in rental payment
Rolling Enrollment
Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals. We can help you identify natural resource problems in your operation and provide technical and financial assistance to solve those problems or attain higher stewardship levels in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Individuals, Legal Entities, Joint Operations, or Native Tribes
Award Amount:
See annual payment formula
Year-round applications accepted
Consumptive Use Mitigation Grant Program

The Commission is offering a new grant program for the implementation of innovative pilot projects that improve water availability and watershed resiliency during critical low flow periods and droughts throughout the Susquehanna River Basin. Improvements can include: environmental and water quality improvement projects that support the resiliency of water resources (both in terms of water quality and quantity) during drought conditions (e.g., groundwater recharge, restoring wetlands/streams/floodplains, improving stormwater management, treating abandoned mine drainage).

A minimum 10% cash match is required for the total requested grant funds.

 

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Funder:
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Although a proposed project generally must be located within the Susquehanna River Basin, adjacent projects may be eligible provided that the consumptive use mitigation will benefit watersheds and streams within the Basin.
Eligible Applicants:
Project sponsors, government agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Award Amount:
$4 to $6 million in grant funding in this first year of the grant program offering and encourages grant applicant requests to be greater than $100,000
01/28/2022
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
CREP Mini-Grant Program 2023

PACD offers mini-grants for conservation districts for up to $3,000 to implement educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Projects should focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment and/or CREP maintenance.

TIMELINE

• Deadline to apply: February 24, 2023
• Announce recipients: March 10, 2023
• Deadline for final reports: August 31, 2023
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Funder:
PACD
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Conservation Districts
Award Amount:
$3000
02/24/2023
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
Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund

Through the Fund, OSI provides three types of grants for partners within the Delaware River Watershed Initiative:

  1. Capital Grants (for Forest Land and/or Farm Buffer projects)
  2. Transaction Grants (to jump start land conservation efforts)
  3. and Catalyst Grants (to integrate water quality science into open space plans)
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Funder:
William Penn Foundation, Open Space Institute
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Delaware River Watershed Initiative Cluster Focus Areas
Eligible Applicants:
Delaware River Watershed Initiative Cluster Partners
Award Amount:
No minimum or maximum grant size; typically between $75,000-$450,000
September 25, 2023
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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