Grants

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

Grant Programsort ascending Funder Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
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 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 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 Partners Program

The program awards competitive grants that accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture principles and conservation practices on private working lands in priority geographic areas. Grant recipients provide technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them develop management plans, design and implement best practices, participate in Farm Bill programs, and share their experiences and lessons learned. This work enhances wildlife habitat, soil health, water conservation and quality, and carbon storage while providing important social and economic benefits to agricultural producers. Approximately $6.7 million in grant funding is available under this funding opportunity.

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Funder:
NFWF
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Applicants:
twenty-two national and state NRCS initiatives that span 48 states
02/23/2022
Conservation Innovation Grants

CIG is a voluntary program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and innovative ways to transfer conservation methods from one geographic area or ag sector to another.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Unrestricted
Award Amount:
$5,000 to $75,000
7-19-2021
Conservation Easement Assistance Program

The Conservation Easement Assistance Program provides small grants to conservation organizations to help cover the costs of:

  • Completing conservation as well as trail and fishing access easements
  • Amending and restating older easement documents
  • Establishing or updating baseline documentation
  • Installing signs on eased properties.

The program helps to increase the quantity and quality of easements.  

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Funder:
WeConservePA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Recreation
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Private nonprofit entities and/or municipal authorities
Award Amount:
Up to $7,500
Year-round applications accepted
Conservation Collaboration Grants

The purpose of Conservation Outreach Grants or Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to assist historically underserved farmers and ranchers and assist farmers and ranchers to improve, restore or maintain natural resources that:

  1. Improve soil health.
  2. Improve water quality.
  3. Provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern.
  4. Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
  5. Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
U.S.A.
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)(3) nonprofits, higher education, or an individual.
Award Amount:
$250,000 - $1 million
Rolling
Community Mini-Grants for PA AMD Projects

In 2021, the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition will award mini-grants for projects on abandoned mine lands (AML) in Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The grant award will consist of funding between $3,500 and $12,000, as well as technical and planning assistance from Downstream Strategies. The grants are intended to provide resources and support to turn viable land reuse concepts into fundable projects.

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Funder:
Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage
Eligible Region:
Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio
Eligible Applicants:
state and local governments, economic development organizations, nonprofits, local communities, non-government organizations, and businesses or individuals that would be willing to find community or government partners.
Award Amount:
$3,500 - $12,000
5-21-2021
Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) assists local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to parks, recreation, planning, and conservation. Applications for DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants are accepted once a year, typically during the spring. Grants also support regional and statewide partnerships that build capacity to better develop and manage resources.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Recreation, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities, Municipal agencies, Nonprofis, State Heritage Areas, Prequalified land trusts, For-profit enterprises
Award Amount:
Varies
04/14/2021
Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP)

The purpose of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation, and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams.

Goals of the program include:

  • Foster a greater public understanding of watershed characteristics and how they affect coldwater ecosystems;
  • Identify special areas of concern, such as areas with exceptional water quality with high potential for impacts;
  • Produce conservation plans that will lead to additional planning or implementation of projects that protect and enhance our coldwater ecosystems; and
  • Provide technical assistance and financial opportunities to organizations dedicated to protecting coldwater ecosystems.
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Funder:
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
PA coldwater streams and their watersheds
Eligible Applicants:
watershed associations, conservancies, conservation districts, municipalities, and local chapters of Trout Unlimited
Award Amount:
Up to $7,500 or $100,00
03/04/2022

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