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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 or call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200

Visit the DEP Grants Center for information on available funding programs.

DEP Coastal Zone Grants

Application Due Date:  October 20, 2014 by 4 pm.

The Coastal Resource Management Grant program (CRM) is a tool to fund important tidal wetland projects. The CRM’s Coastal Zone Grant Program accepts grant proposals that address this priority with on-the-ground projects that design and create tidal wetland acreage. Furthermore, these types of projects will receive special consideration and may be eligible for grant funding in excess of the typical maximum grant amount of $50,000. Entities with a non-federal match for this type of project are encouraged to apply. The applications for CRM’s FY2015 grants opened August 18, 2014. Eligible organizations include municipalities, townships, boroughs, cities, counties as well as non-profit organizations with projects located in one of Pennsylvania's coastal zones.  A map of the boundaries can be found on DEP's website:

For more information about the Coastal Zone Grant Program and details about other types of eligible projects, visit The online Application can be accessed at:

DEP Environmental Education Grants

Application Due Date: December 19, 2014

Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses may apply for Environmental Education Grants to develop environmental education programs and projects. The application period opened Monday, Oct. 6.

The grants provide funding to develop programs and projects that support environmental education about issues including:

 Watersheds: abandoned mine drainage, non-point source pollution and water      conservation

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education: reducing non-point source pollution, such as nutrient and sediment loads and meaningful educational watershed experiences for students

Air Quality: ground level ozone, transportation and electric generation issues

Brownfields: education and outreach programs in brownfield redevelopment and sustainable communities, along with developing green, open spaces

Energy: educational programs on energy efficiency and conservation, as well as, natural gas, coal, wind, solar and other energy sources and technologies

Environmental Literacy: engage educators and stakeholders in content standards and field-based environmental education

Environmental Education Certification: develop and implement institutionalized and community-based certification programs designed for teachers, naturalists and educators working in schools and environmental education facilities

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, teacher professional development; curriculum integration; outdoor learning resources, such as trails, shelters, streamside plantings and educational programming; transportation to field study sites; water chemistry testing equipment; and educational events. Grants are awarded for up to $3,000.

Applications are available online at, or by contacting DEP’s Environmental Education and Information Center at 717-772-1828 or The deadline to apply is Dec. 19, 2014.

DEP Growing Greener Watershed Grants

The PA DEP 2014 Round of the Growing Greener Watershed Protection, 319, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and AMD Set-Aside Grant Programs is CLOSED. The application submission deadline was July 11, 2014.


Application Due Date: April 16, 2015

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Recreation and Conservation grant program will open on January 14, 2015 and close on April 16, 2015.  DCNR will be offering free in-person grant workshops at six locations across Pennsylvania during November 2014. Registration begins at 9:00 am, and workshops will run 9:30 am - Noon.

The workshops will provide information to potential applicants on DCNR grants available for recreation, conservation, and community based projects. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to:


Grants are funded through a variety of sources including the Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund; Environmental Stewardship Fund; Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program; and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Participants of the grant workshops will receive guidance and updates on the on-line application process and how to create a competitive application. Attendees will also receive information on eligible applicants and projects, learn about the documents required for various types of projects, and have the opportunity to interact with Bureau of Recreation and Conservation staff. Community leaders, municipal officials, consultants, land trusts, board members, trail managers, and park and recreation professionals are encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact Linda Manning at or 717-783-4736.

PA Association of Conservation District Grants - Status:  CLOSED
Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grants for Conservation Districts. Through this program, grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to conservation districts to promote water quality and pollution prevention.
Financial and other support for the NPS Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


PennVEST offers grants and low cost financial assistance for drinking water, sewer, stormwater and more recently,
green infrastructure projects throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Contact PennVEST by phone at 717-783-6798 or visit their website to learn more.  

Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA)
 - Status:  Check programs for application dates
For information on CFA programs, click here>>

Abandoned Mine Drainage Abate and Treatment Program (AMDATP)

Baseline Water Quality Data Program

Flood Mitigation Program (FMP)

Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program

PA Small Water and Sewer Program

Sewage Facilities Program

Watershed Restoration Protection Program

Act 13 Oil and Gas Funding

FUNDING"  Guide.  Click here for Local funding Guide developed by the Trust for Public Land

Pennsylvania state agencies and local governments are now receiving millions of dollars from legislation enacted in 2013 imposing impact fees on oil and gas drillers. The legislation, known as Act 13, specifies how the fee revenues shall be distributed and the purposes for which they may be expended. Income from the fee will go to a wide range of recipients, from state agencies and local government to private entities to address the direct and indirect impacts of shale gas drilling as well as a host of other current and future needs. For example local funds may be used to fix roads, bridges and other infrastructure, provide affordable housing, repair and maintain stormwater and sewer systems, and preserve open space for parks and trails among other purposes. The state’s portion of the impact fee revenues will fund programs that benefit communities inside and outside of the Marcellus Shale region. 

Click here for information on Act 13 disbursements, which are handled through  the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

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

Western PA Conservancy and Dominion Resources Seek Proposals for Watershed Mini Grants -- Submittal Due Date was 1/9/15

Watershed Mini Grant Program - Closed.

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:

  • General Operating Expenses ($1,000 limit)
  • Organizational Promotion and Outreach ($2,500 limit)
  • Restoration Projects ($2,500 limit)

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.
An online application has been made available for download,
and includes proposal guidelines. Applications must be postmarked by January 9, 2015.

If you have questions regarding the Watershed Mini Grant Please contact:

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
c/o Danielle Sheppard
1067 Philadelphia Street, Suite 101
Indiana, PA 15701
724-471-7202, ext. 5110

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

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.
Copies of the grant application can be downloaded at


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  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  For more information go to Awards announced Dec 12. For more information contact Santana at 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
The US Environmental Protection Agency will provide up to $1.8 million for projects to protect Americans’ health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include

  • Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  • Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  • Local water quality monitoring programs
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans

Read more.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Urban Waters Grants

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.

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.


More information

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.

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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.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

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. 

National Forest Foundation Grants

Four Program areas funded: Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Recreation, Watershed Health and Restoration, and Community-Based Forestry.

2014 Deadlines

  • Round 1: January 14, 2014
  • Round 2: June 25, 2014
Please note that all projects selected for funding in 2014 will be contingent on the NFF's receipt of 2014 federal appropriated funds.

Click for more NFF Grant information


Now Closed.  Proposals were due: April 30, 2014