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 email@example.com
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ActionsPassport 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 www.sourcewaterpa.org
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.