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WREN Grant Funding for 2014 - 2015 Source Water Protection Collaborative Projects

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About WREN 

The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) is a project of the Citizen Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA-CEF). WREN is a nonpartisan informal collaboration of organizations and public officials working for the protection and management of Pennsylvania’s water resources, both surface and ground water, through grass-roots education and informed policy-making. WREN provides training and grants for local coalition building to promote community awareness and development of public policies necessary to protect Pennsylvania water resources.

The WREN Project has two clean water initiatives: Watershed Protection Education to prevent nonpoint source pollution, and Source Water Protection Promotion to raise awareness about the importance of protecting public drinking water sources. Since 1992 through the WREN Project, LWVPA-CEF has awarded over $2 million in funding to over 365 community partnerships working to safeguard Pennsylvania water resources.

2014 WREN Source Water Protection (SWP) Collaborative Grant Overview

Fostering and supporting Pennsylvania communities and public water systems that will form or strengthen a regional or County coalition of stakeholders that will educate themselves, fellow citizens, and municipal officials about their public drinking water sources, and the public policies necessary to sustain them for the future.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 21, 2014.

Through its Water Resources Education Network (WREN) Project, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund (LWVPA-CEF) will accept proposals for Source Water Protection Collaborative projects sponsored by a regional or county coalition of community stakeholders.

LWVPA-CEF invites community partnerships to carefully review the 2014 WREN Source Water Protection Collaborative Grant Application Guidelines and Application Forms and submit a proposal to LWVPA-CEF.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 21, 2014. In addition to mailing, send email attaching Cover page, Budget Sheet and proposal narrative by 4:00pm 3/21/14 to WREN Project Director at juliekwren@verizon.net.

2014 WREN Source Water Protection Collaborative Grants

2014 Funding:

  • Selected projects in Pennsylvania will be funded up to a maximum of $7,000
  • 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.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Regional Project - Application must be submitted by a partnership (two or more organizations) that will form a Regional Source Water Collaborative and a SWEET Team that will conduct source water protection public education and provide guidance within the region or common aquifer area. Project partners must include at least one or more Community Water Systems within a specific geographic region or watershed. Priority will be given to proposals that include local municipalities as active partners in the project.
  • County Project - Application must be submitted by a partnership (two or more organizations) that will form a County Source Water Collaborative (commitment of County Commissioners and/or County Planning Department, etc.) and a SWEET Team that will conduct source water protection public education and provide guidance about protection of drinking water in the County.  Project partners must include at least one or more Community Water Systems in the county. The long term goal is to have all Community Water Systems in the county participate in the coalition.  Priority will be given to proposals that include local municipalities as active partners in the project.
  • WREN welcomes proposals from: 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, community water systems, educational entities such as schools, colleges or universities, or 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:

  • Funded project activities must begin July 1, 2014, and be completed by June 30, 2015.
  • All selected applicants will submit an Interim progress report (11/15/14) and a Final report (6/15/15) with documentation of expenses incurred.
  • Project leader(s) agree to participate at the two-day Orientation Meeting June 10-11, 2014 in Carlisle, PA, and at the two day Wrap Up Meeting mid-June 2015 to share Lessons Learned at minimal cost to applicant.
  • For the ten Project Activity Requirements - please see page 6 of Grant Guidance.

Application Deadline

  • Postmarked by March 21, 2014, also email proposal without attachments to WREN Project Director: juliekwren@verizon.net  

Notification:

  • Selected recipients will be notified by May 16, 2014.

How to apply:

  • Complete the WREN Source Water Protection Collaborative Grant Application, Budget Sheet, and Partner Forms. 
  • Mail eight (8) complete hard copy sets to:

    League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund

    Attention: WREN SWP Grant Application

    226 Forster Street

  • Harrisburg, PA  17102-3220

  • In addition to mailing 8 sets, email the proposal Cover sheet, Budget Sheet and narrative (max 4 pgs) to WREN Project Director Julie Kollar at juliekwren@verizon.net by 4 pm 3/21/14.  Do not email attachments.

Questions:

Please review Grant Guidance document before contacting WREN. Most questions are addressed within the Grant Guidance. For more information on SWEET Teams see below. For questions, please email WREN Project Director Julie Kollar at juliekwren@verizon.net.. For any downloading problems, please email WREN at k.porter.wren@gmail.com.


Download the 2014 WREN Source Water Protection Collaborative Grant Guidance and Application Forms HERE!

(Download the Grant Application Instructions as well as the Application Forms below.)

Please download and read 2014 Source Water Protection Grant Guidance Application Instructions for full details, instructions and eligibility guidelines.

UPDATE TO 2014 GUIDANCE FOR WREN GRANT APPLICATION FORMS: Due to inadvertent error on the Application Forms, the fields labeled "Project Title" and "Project Name"appear. Both fields appear on the Budget Form. Applicants should enter the same information into both fields, as Project TItle and Project Name are interchangeable. This will be corrected for the future, and WREN regrets any confusion.

2014 WREN Source Water Protection Grant Application Guidance (PDF)

2014 Source Water Protection Grant Application Forms (Word docx)

2014 Source Water Protection Grant Application Forms (PDF)

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 21, 2014.


Fact Sheet & Overview - Source Water Protection Collaboratives & Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET)

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.

 

 

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