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Visit the DEP Grants Center for info on:

DEP Coastal Zone Grants

DEP Environmental Education Grants - Now Open!

Application Due Date: No later than Jan. 6, 2014.
Timeline: All awards will be announced on or around Earth Day—April 22, 2014. Grant Activity TImeframe: Awarded projects may begin on or after July 1, 2014. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2015.
Grant Amount: Organizations may apply for up to $3,000, previously $7,500. All projects are eligible for advance payment upon request.

For more information, Click PA DEP EE Grants page

DEP Growing Greener Watershed Grants


and many others

Visit the PA Association of Conservation Districts for info on:

Nonpoint Source Pollution Educational mini-grant Program for Conservation Districts - Opening in January 2014!

Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grants for Conservation Districts. The application period will open in early January 2014 with a deadline to apply of early March. Awards will be announced in late March. Through this program, grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to conservation districts to promote water quality and pollution prevention.

Click here to download the application in Word to help you start thinking of potential projects. Note: All applications must be submitted online via the PACD website after the application period opens. This document is for your planning purposes only!  Contact Shannon Wehinger with questions or to discuss your project ideas.


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.

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 2013 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 -- Now Open - Submittal Due Date 12/20/2013

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Dominion are accepting proposals for the 2013-14 Watershed Mini Grant Program, which provides assistance to the region’s grassroots watershed groups.

The Watershed Mini Grants cover expenses in three areas: operating costs, watershed restoration and organizational promotion and outreach. A cash or non-cash match is preferred but not required. Grants of up to $1,000 may be awarded for operating expenses and grants of up to $2,500 may be awarded for restoration or promotion and outreach projects.

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.

Financial support for this 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 grant application and proposal guidelines may be viewed at WaterLandLife.org/372. Please contact the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to have an application mailed to your organization or to ask questions regarding the application and its required information. Grant applications must be postmarked by December 20, 2013 and mailed to:

The 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 Open - Proposals Due December 13, 2013
Grants are designed to help develop conservation plans that identify the values and threats to the health of our 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 www.coldwaterheritage.org

DCNR's Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2)
The Community Conservation Partnerships Program contains the following grant components: Community Recreation, Land Trusts, Rails-to-Trails, Rivers Conservation, Snowmobile/ATV, Heritage Parks, Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails. The Grant Application Manual, forms, schedule of workshops and additional information is on the DCNR website at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/


Pennsylvania American Water

Environmental Grant Program


Visit: http://www.amwater.com/paaw/ensuring-water-quality/environmental-grants-program.html

For more information about the program, contact Terry Maenza at 610-670-7789, ext. 123 or terry.maenza@amwater.com

PPL Environmental Education Grants - Now Open - Proposals Due Nov 8, 2013

Grants are available for projects that enhance established classroom curricula and academic standards, or support extracurricular activities of school organizations and clubs. Eligible applicants are public, private and parochial schools near PPL facilities.   Details at Environmental  Education Grants

2013 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant Program

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.

When: Letters of intent are due to SRHA by March 28, 2013. Get 2013 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund guidelines and application. Learn more about the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund.

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.  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.


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.

More information

Chesapeake Bay Program K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grants - Now Open!

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 - Now Open!

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.

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