To help people understand the CARES Act and its potential to aid trails, parks, and conservation organizations, please access the follow document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rm_YINukexAHPcVUyXcms6_cykkm6pqEDOQJcQDS7Xk/edit?usp=sharing
The Brandywine Conservancy is pleased to announce the launch of the Brandywine Creek Greenway’s (BCG) new Mini Grant Program for 2020-2021. The program is funded by a recent grant of $40,000 from the Pennsylvania DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC). With these funds, the Brandywine Conservancy will be able to grant awards of $2,000 to $10,000 to projects that will support and advance the goals and objectives of the BCG’s Strategic Action Plan (2014). The grant funding round will open on July 30, 2020, with applications due by September 15, 2020.
The mini grant program will fund small projects that improve parks, open space and community trails, and will advance priority conservation and recreation projects identified in the BCG’s Strategic Action Plan, plus other publicly vetted municipal planning documents. Eligible applicants include Pennsylvania non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties and some educational institutions. Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status and be registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Mini grants may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR funded grant projects. The maximum grant award is $25,000; any amount greater will require approval by DCNR. All projects, related costs and funding must conform to the guidelines of the PA DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program.
Important application dates:
- Grant Round Opens: July 30, 2020 (grant application materials will be available on the Brandywine Creek Greenway website)
- Application Deadline: September 15, 2020
- Grant Awards Announced: November 29, 2020
- Contracts executed: December 31, 2020
- Projects Begin: January 1, 2021
- Projects Completed: December 31, 2021
- Final Site Inspections by Mini Grant Local Project Coordinator: January-April 2022
- Final Payments: Upon project completion, satisfactory final site inspection and DCNR approval
“We are very excited that these mini grants will provide funding for smaller, yet critical, projects that may otherwise be overlooked for traditional sources of funding,” said Ellen Ferretti, Director of the Brandywine Conservancy. “This program reinforces the work of the strong and collaborative partnerships that have been created through the Brandywine Creek Greenway.”
For questions about the BCG Mini Grant Program, please contact the Brandywine Conservancy’s Meredith Mayer by telephone at 610-388-8351 or via e-mail: [email protected].
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation has announced the fall grant round for projects proposing land acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, equipment purchase or educational programs for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or snowmobile trails and facilities. Grant funding is awarded through a competitive grant application process. Applicants can apply between August 3, 2020, and September 30, 2020, by means of the Department’s online grant application portal. A brief recorded webinar on the ATV and snow-mobile grant program is available on the Department’s website. More information about these grant opportunities and the application process is available at https://brcgrants.dcnr.pa.gov
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are accepting applications for a mini-grant opportunity to help communities or trail group celebrate PA Trails Month!
The purpose of this grant is to help support local efforts to encourage people to get out and enjoy the trails. The grants (up to $500 awarded) are intended to help with the logistics of the event and are not intended for maintenance costs or construction. This grant is focused on land trails, as water trails already have a similar opportunity in POWR’s River Sojourns program.
Some examples of events that are eligible:
• A learn-to-ride-a-bike event
• A ribbon cutting event
• A fundraiser for your trail
• A history walk on the trail
• A nature walk with an interpreter to explain the flora and fauna along the trail
• A unique or innovative volunteer clean up or trail building day
The key ingredients are public participation and a trail. The funds could be used to bring in an expert, pay for transportation/shuttle service, advertise the event or make equipment available for the public.
PEC and DCNR will award creativity and encourage new events or efforts to engage new audiences with these grants, so such proposals will score higher in the review process. What won’t be funded: ongoing maintenance, planning efforts, equipment purchases. The grant cannot be used for swag or event giveaways (but those things can be counted as match in certain circumstances). Because of the uncertainty around hosting events this September, feel free to contact Frank Maguire at [email protected] to discuss your proposal.
For eligibility and other requirements, see the link to the application at pecpa.org/apply . Applications are due July 10, 2020.
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is offering grants for regional trail workshops and outreach events that deliver educational programming and training related to trails and greenways.
Funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, Regional Trail Workshop Grants are awarded to conservation-oriented organizations for local education and outreach efforts. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded, or 80 percent of the costs associated with each workshop. Grantees are responsible for all remaining workshop costs. An applicant may only receive one grant per calendar year.
Complete the grant application and budget worksheet below and submit to [email protected]. These are reimbursement grants. Requests for payment must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association by October 15, 2020 and only expenses accrued up to September 30 will be eligible for reimbursement.
Grant applications must be submitted by January 15, 2020.
These grants are made possible through funds granted through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). FHWA provides funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has been designated as the state agency responsible for administering this federal program in Pennsylvania.
ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative Program is ramping up and is looking to improve the trails near you. The Clean Trail Program was founded by ExtremeTerrain in 2015 and setup to fund trail improvement projects that can include anything from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, and more. ExtremeTerrain has worked with numerous Wrangler and 4×4 clubs/groups as well as many privately and publicly owned off-road trails to enact changes for the betterment of trail conditions for the communities being served. To date, ExtremeTerrain has granted over 22 grants for trail improvement projects, funding just under $10,000 in trail improvement projects all around the country. In just the past few months for spring/summer 2017, ExtremeTerrain has approved an additional 10 grants and is shooting for more.
Applying for a Clean Trail Grant is easy; click here and click to apply for a grant, filling out a short questionnaire. With a grant from ExtremeTerrain, you can get the tools you need to clean, restore, or expand your local trails, helping to maintain the trail system and improve it for future off-roaders.