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WREN 2015 Round of Source Water Protection Collaborative Grants is Now Closed

To view application package, please download Grant Instructions and Application forms below or email

Source Water Protection Collaborative Grants

The purpose of WREN's Source Water Protection Grant Program to raise awareness about threats to Pennsylvania's drinking water supplies and to encourage local solutions to those problems. If you are seeking to reduce pollution in any Pennsylvania water body that connects to a faucet, then this grant may be for you. What's on the land ends up in the water.

WREN invites grant proposals for Source Water Protection Education projects from community stakeholders and water utilities. We are looking for projects that seek to prevent pollution before it starts to protect aquifers and natural areas surrounding water supplies, and that will educate citizens and officials on steps they can take to protect their drinking water.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education (LWVPA-CEF) through its Water Resources Education Network (WREN) Project will accept proposals submitted by March 20, 2015 for Source Water Protection Collaborative projects sponsored by a local, expanded local, or a county coalition of community stakeholders (see Grant Instructions document available for download above for complete details).  Applicants select from among three tiers for the project: a local project, an expanded local project, or a County project.  

LWVPA-CEF invites communities and Pennsylvania water systems to review the WREN Source Water Protection Collaborative Grant Application Guidelines and Application Forms and submit a proposal. If your proposal is awarded, we'll work together with you to help make your project a success.  

 2015 Funding:

  • Selected projects in Pennsylvania will be funded for the selected tier: up to $3,000 (Local Project), $5,000 (Expanded Local Project) or to a maximum of $8,000 (County Project)
  • Minimum 15% match required - match share may be cash or in-kind services donation
  • Funds must be managed by an organization with a 501(c)3 status, a government entity or a Conservation District
  • Source of funding is PA DEP Source Water Protection Program through Section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996.  Project award funding is dependent upon the availability of federal and state funding support to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund/WREN Project.
Three Grant Tiers are available - select one
  • Local Project- Application must be submitted by a partnership (comprised of one community water system and one or two additional organizations) that form a Local Source Water Collaborative and a SWEET Team that will conduct source water protection public education and implement a priority action within the recharge or aquifer area. Maximum funding: $3,000/project.
  • Expanded Local Project - Application must be submitted by a partnership (comprised of two or more community water systems and one or two additional organizations) that form an Expanded Local Source Water Collaborative and a SWEET Team that will conduct source water protection public education and implement a priority action within a shared aquifer recharge area or upstream/downstream watershed intake area. Maximum funding: $5,000/project.
  • County Project - Application must be submitted by a partnership comprised of two or more community water systems and two additional organizations, one of which must be a county level entity. The partnership will form a County Source Water Collaborative (with commitment of County Commissioners and/or County Planning Department, etc.) and a SWEET Team that will conduct source water protection public education and implement a priority drinking water protection action within the County. The long term goal is to encourage all Community Water Systems in the county to participate in the coalition.  Maximum funding: $8,000/project.

Eligible applicants: Community water systems, municipalities, and other government entities including counties, municipal authorities, planning commissions, environmental advisory councils, and/or Councils of Government, watershed associations, civic groups, conservation organizations that promote local watershed efforts, educational entities such as schools, colleges or universities, and other governmental or non-governmental organizations. Grantee must be a 501(c)3 organization, government entity or a Conservation District.  Otherwise applicant(s) must partner with a sponsor that meets this criteria.

Program Requirements Summary: download Grant Instructions at link above for all Program Requirements

  • Focus is to form a local drinking water protection partnership with participation of water supplier(s) that will conduct a specific on the ground project that addresses a priority risk to drinking water. Funded project activities must begin July 1, 2015, and be completed by June 30, 2016.  Grantees will submit an Interim progress report (11/15/15) and a Final report (6/15/16) that includes a project evaluation and documentation of expenses incurred.
  • Project leader(s) agree to attend and participate at two WREN events - a two-day Grantee Orientation Meeting June 9-10, 2015 in Carlisle, PA, and a two day Grantee Wrap Up Meeting in June 2016 to share Lessons Learned at minimal cost to applicant.
  • Complete the Project Activity Requirements - please see page 6 of Grant Instructions.

Application Deadline:  Mail required sets of hard copy proposal copies with postmark by March 20, 2015, and email proposal without attachments to WREN Project Director:  

Notification Selected recipients will be notified of awards by May 15, 2015.

Project Activity Timetable: Funded project activities take place July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.

Source Water Protection Priority Actions
Need ideas for actions that your partnership can implement? Lots of examples are available at our website, Passport to Clean Drinking Water Protection Checklist to help you get started.  To download the Checklist with actions that can help reduce contaminant risks associated with a variety of typical land uses, click here.  

WREN hopes to inspire communities and water systems to come together, and use prevention and education as a powerful new approach to reduce pollution to this essential resource.  Now is the time to gather your team, line-up local or county officials and join the cause  - create a great project with the help of a WREN grant. 

To learn more about protecting the sources of drinking water and to see examples of source water collaborative projects, visit the WREN website at  


What is Source water? Source water is the untreated “raw” water from streams, rivers, lakes, springs, and underground aquifers that serve as sources of a community’s drinking water.


SWEET TEAMS conduct public education activities under SWP grants. 

 Fact Sheet & Overview - Source Water Protection Collaboratives & Source Water  Environmental  Education Team (SWEET)  - click fact sheet below

 Source Water Environmental Education Teams (SWEETs) raise awareness and provide valuable  education to Pennsylvania citizens and local officials to empower them to protect their sources of drinking  water. Each SWEET team consists of three to five local water resource partners, such as public water system  staff, watershed specialists, Cooperative Extension staff, educators, County Planners, and land  conservancies, who work together to raise awareness and conduct public education about drinking water  protection.

 The teams are becoming an important component of source water protection collaborative education  efforts in Pennsylvania. The Water Resources Education Network (WREN Project)  SWEET Team Fact Sheet  outlines the role of the Source Water Environmental Education Team.

 SWEET Team Overview – outlines roles and expectations of SWEET Team members in the context of a  source water collaborative grant project.