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OPEN NOW! Schuylkill River Restoration Fund 2015 Grant Round NOW OPEN
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund!
Established in 2006, the fund provides grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations for projects that improve the quality and quantity of water in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. The grants focus on three major sources of pollution: stormwater runoff, agricultural pollution, and abandoned mine drainage. Letters of Intent are due 3/26/15.
To learn more about the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund, click here.
Want more information? Contact Tim Fenchel at email@example.com or call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200
Visit the DEP Grants Center for information on available funding programs.
For information, see "PENNSYLVANIA ACT 13: CONSERVATION AND RECREATIONFUNDING" Guide. Click here for Local funding Guide developed by the Trust for Public Land
Foundation for PA Watersheds awards grants to citizens groups that the IRS has classified as 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Individuals, businesses and government agencies are not eligible for Foundation grants. The primary service area is from the Ohio boarder to the Susquehanna River’s mainstem. FPW offfers Program Grants and Convening Grants. For grant schedule and more information, consult their webpage at http://www.pennsylvaniawatersheds.org/?page_id=20
Western PA Conservancy and Dominion Resources Seek Proposals for Watershed Mini Grants -- Submittal Due Date was 1/9/15
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accepting proposals for the Watershed Mini Grant Program, which provides assistance to the region’s grassroots watershed groups.
The Watershed Mini Grants cover expenses in three areas:
This year’s program includes a showcase project, which may award one $5,000 grant for a larger restoration project that focuses on stream corridor and water quality improvement technologies.
Funding for the program is provided by the Dominion Foundation.
The program offers funding to watershed organizations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Mercer, McKean, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
The deadline for grant applications was January 9, 2015.
If you have questions regarding the Watershed Mini Grant Please contact:
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Coldwater Heritage Partnership Coldwater Conservation Grants - Now CLOSED - Applications accepted through December 19, 2014. The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) urges watershed groups, conservation districts, municipalities and local chapters of Trout Unlimited to apply for a planning or implementation grant. For more information, contact Samantha Kutskel, Program Director, at (814) 359-5233 or visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership website at www.coldwaterheritage.org.
Grants are designed to help develop conservation plans that identify the values and threats to the health of coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout. The collected information can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or for development of watershed improvements projects.
Pennsylvania American Water - OPEN NOW!
Environmental Grant Program - Now OPEN. Proposals are due March 13, 2015.
Project activities and outcomes should address a watershed or source water protection need in the local community within American Water service areas. Source water protection projects are activities that result in the protection or improvement of the community’s public drinking water supplies. Watershed protection projects should focus on activities that improve, restore or protect one or more watersheds. Projects must be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program; be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations; provide evidence of sustainability (continue existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized); be located within an American Water service area.
For more information about the program, review Program brochure and Application Form. Contact Terry Maenza at 610-670-7789, ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Projects must be completed between May 1, 2015 and November 29, 2015
Entries for Pennsylvania must be postmarked by March 13, 2015 and mailed to:
ATTN: Environmental Grant Program
Pennsylvania American Water
800 W. Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033.
PPL Environmental Education Grants - CLOSED - Proposals were due by Nov 14, 2014
Grants are available up to $2,000 for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects in schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey near PPL facilities. Projects must focus on energy issues, such as renewable energy, efficiency, resource conservation and the greening of schools. Eligible applicants are public, private and parochial schools near PPL facilities. For online application form go to www.pplwen.com/grant-application. For more information go to www.pplweb.com/education-grants. Awards announced Dec 12. For more information contact Santana at email@example.com or call 610-774-3357.
Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant Program - OPEN NOW! See above for details and links.
Funds will be made available to non-profit organizations, county & municipal governments, and other related government agencies to undertake projects that focus on remediation of abandoned mine drainage, agricultural pollution and stormwater runoff to improve the quality and quantity of water in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries.
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA grants available for urban waters
Examples of projects eligible for funding include
The multi-agency Urban Waters Restoration Program provides financial assistance to local partnerships for restoration with a focus on urban waters and watersheds. Approximately $1,500,000 is available. Competitive projects will focus on education and training, outdoor recreation, monitoring, storm water management or urban forest restoration.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Private Stewardship Grants Program
The Private Stewardship Grants Program (PSGP) provides grants and other assistance on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in private, voluntary conservation efforts that benefit species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands within the United States. Eligible projects include those by landowners and their partners who need technical and financial assistance to improve habitat or implement other activities on private lands. Under the PSGP, privately owned means land that is not owned by governmental entity. The PSGP supports on-the-ground conservation actions as opposed to education and outreach, planning, or research activities, and we will not fund the acquisition of real property either through fee title or easements. 10 percent cost sharing required. http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/private_stewardship/index.html
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Five Star Restoration Grant Program
Provides modest financial assistance on a competitive basis to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities.
Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Grants
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Program, will award Chesapeake Bay Stewardship grants on a competitive basis of between $200,000 and $1 million each to support the demonstration of innovative approaches to expand the collective knowledge about the most cost effective and sustainable approaches to dramatically reduce or eliminate nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Chesapeake Bay Program K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grants -Check website for status
Through this grant program, the Chesapeake Bay Trust seeks to increase student awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its local streams and rivers. Grant requests can be made for up to $5,000 for funding Watershed Education Experiences and Programs, Service Learning and Action Projects, or Professional Development Workshops and Curriculum. This program has expanded to fund K-12 environmental education in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Application Deadline: January 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm.
These grants are intended to promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Funding will be awarded to non-profits, schools, and community-based environmental and educational organizations, and preferential consideration is given to requests seeking funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. On occasion, grants of up to $2,500 may be awarded.
Four Program areas funded: Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Recreation, Watershed Health and Restoration, and Community-Based Forestry.
Now Closed. Proposals were due: April 30, 2014