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 descending Award Amount Date Due
Schuylkill River Restoration Fund

The goal of the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is to support projects in the Schuylkill River watershed that are consistent with restoration and water management goals for the entire basin. Funding will be given to projects that improve water quality and/or quantity in the Schuylkill River watershed resulting from abandoned mine drainage, agricultural runoff, and stormwater issues.

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Funder:
Schuylkill River Greenways
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Schuylkill River Watershed
Eligible Applicants:
o non-profit organizations, watershed organizations, conservation districts and county, municipal and local governments
Award Amount:
between $20,000 and $100,000
02/14/2022
Multi-functional Riparian Buffer Grants

Pennsylvania’s conservation districts are encouraged to apply for funding to install multi-functional buffers (A riparian forest buffer that provides opportunities for harvesting products such as nuts, berries, woody florals, forbs, and potentially woody biomass) in conjunction with landowners. This grant is first come first served. The grant round will stay open until funds are used up or June 30, 2022, whichever comes first. No match required.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Assocation of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Pennsylvania Conservation Districts and Landowners
Award Amount:
No min or max
6/30/2022
Small Business Advantage Grant

The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $5,000 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Pennsylvania-based businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible.
Award Amount:
Up to $5,000
Rolling
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
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
People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice

 

Urban parks and green spaces—playgrounds, pocket parks, outdoor recreation facilities, open spaces, trails, gardens, and green infrastructure—are crucial for community health and well-being, a fact made clear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite widespread appreciation for the health and environmental benefits of urban parks and green spaces, evidence shows persistent inequities in access, availability, quality of facilities, and programming, by race, place, and income. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working to build a Culture of Health where everyone in America has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Park equity is a key component of this vision.

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Funder:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3)
Award Amount:
Up to $250,000
11/04/2021
Boating Facility Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) created the Boating Facility Grant Program to provide grants for rehabilitation, expansion or construction of new boat ramps, bulkheads, courtesy floats, access roads, parking areas, restrooms, signs and localized landscaping to benefit and directly support recreational boating on Commonwealth waters. The goal of the program is to ensure Pennsylvania’s recreational boaters have access to the highest quality boating facilities. Grant recipients are responsible for at least 50% of the proposed project cost. This 50% match can be cash, the fair market value of any labor or materials, a combination thereof, or grants from other federal, state or local funding sources. https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/BoatingFacilityGrantProgram.aspx

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Funder:
PA Fish & Boat
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Public entities, nonprofit groups including land trusts, conservancies and watershed associations
Award Amount:
50% of total project cost
12-30-2022
Small Project Initiative (SPI)

The Small Project Initiative (SPI) is available statewide and is designed to efficiently support repairs, short-term construction for water, wastewater, non-point source and stormwater improvements.

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Funder:
PennVEST
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Public or private entities involving an agriculture operation or serving communities less than 12,000 people (or 1,000 water hookups)
Award Amount:
Up to $500,000 low-interest loan funding
Rolling
PA DEP Environmental Education Grants

2023 Environmental Education Grant Round:
Opens September 2022

DEP’s Environmental Education Grants Program welcomes applications for the development of innovative formal and non-formal environmental education projects that:

1) Address grant program priorities

2) Provide opportunities to expand the public’s understanding of Pennsylvania’s environmental issues

3) Develop skills required to make informed decisions and take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

 

A 2023 Grants Program webinar will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from Noon - 1:30 pm. Registration is required2023 EE Grants Webinar registration

 

Grants are offered at 3 levels depending on scope of the project. Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis.

Mini Grants  up to $5,000 may be awarded for local (school, county, municipality or other defined area) environmental education projects. 

General Grants (Level I): From $5,001 up to $30,000 may be awarded for implementation of large-scale, regional and/or statewide environmental education projects.

General Grants (Level II): From $30,001 to $85,000 may be awarded for non-formal environmental education programs designed to widely* engage teachers and youth at the county, state and national levels. (*Teachers and students from at least 60 Pennsylvania counties must directly participate in the project). Additionally, the project must demonstrate that at least 30% of program participants are community members of an Environmental Justice Area.

 

2023 Project Period: July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Application Round Opens: September 2022

Application Deadline: December 9, 2022 at 4:59pm

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Funder:
PA DEP
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Public schools and school districts, Incorporated private schools, Incorporated conservation and education organizations and institutions, Universities and colleges, County conservation districts, Businesses
Award Amount:
Up to $85,000
12/09/2022
PA Water Trail Mini-Grants

Applications will be accepted for projects that implement the PA Water Trail Program’s eight guiding principles:

  • Partnership
  • Stewardship
  • Volunteerism
  • Education
  • Conservation Community Vitality
  • Diversity
  • Wellness and Well-being

Proposed projects must advance program goals such as creating recreational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians on Water Trails; developing trails that support sustainable use of natural resources; increasing and improving physical and psychological access to Water Trails; and connecting water trails to land trails or to other culturally significant community assets.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Environmental Council/PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
PA designated water trails
Eligible Applicants:
Registered non-profit organizations and public entities (county, municipality, or municipal agency)
Award Amount:
up to $5,000
May 27, 2022

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