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 Environmental Council is now accepting applications for its water trail mini-grants. Grant awards range from $500 – $10,000 through five programs covering specific goals and topics focused on land and water trails, conservation, and outdoor recreation, to name a few. Applications are being accepted until July 3, 2020. Full details and applications materials can be found here.
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Regional Trail Workshop Grants:
- Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)
- Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance
- Lancaster Conservancy
- Pennsylvania Off Highway Vehicle Association
- York County Economic Alliance
- Friends of the Pennypack Park
- Willistown Conservation Trust
- Hollow Oak Land Trust
- LandForce Pittsburgh
- Steffey Trail Connections
- Watersheds of South Pittsburgh
Regional Trail Workshop Grants are funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. Grants are awarded to conservation-focused organizations to further local education and outreach efforts.
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. (this needs to stay)
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.
On November 12, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that it had awarded nearly $4 million in trail grants for trail projects across the state.
“Trails are all about connectivity – communities to each other, people to being active outdoors,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “The Wolf Administration is pleased to be able to support these projects to help Philadelphia expand its vast network of regional trails, that also are important as alternative means of transportation, and add to the quality of life features that attract businesses and workers.”
The grants, supported by the Keystone Fund, are:
- Delaware River Waterfront Corp., $400,000 toward the acquisition of about 2.7 acres for about .35 miles of the Delaware River Trail.
- Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, $500,000 for development of the Schuylkill River Trail. Work will include about .4 miles of trail from PECO Christian St. Service Center to South Stanley St., and a bridge.
- Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, $90,000 for development of the Trolley Trail. Work to include about 3 miles of trail from the Chamounix Mansion to the existing Trolley Trail near Belmont Valley Creek.
- Philadelphia Planning Commission, $25,000 for a trail study for about 4 miles of Lower Poquessing Creek Trail from Junod Park to Glen Foerd on the Delaware.
The Delaware River Trail hugs the Philadelphia waterfront providing access to parks and recreational amenities. It’s part of a larger effort called The Circuit, which will link 750 miles of trail throughout greater Philadelphia.
The Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of almost 130 miles.
The full Trolley Trail network will ultimately be 4.5 miles long, following the old pathway of the scenic trolley that ran through the woods of West Fairmount Park in the early 20th century.
The Lower Poquessing Creek Trail connects neighborhoods, Poquessing Valley Park and Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia.
“Trails provide a close-to-home connection to nature and recreation that is always free or affordable,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to provide these grants to increase trail miles and expand the outdoor recreation assets that draw visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds.”
The grants are:
- Clarion County, $500,000 from the Keystone Fund for work on the Armstrong Trail in Brady Township. The project will include the rehabilitation of the southern portion of the Brady Tunnel, and construction of approximately two miles of trail.
- Rail 66 County Trail, $400,000 from the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program Fund for development of the Knox Kane Rail Trail in Farmington Township. The project will include the creation of approximately 8 miles of trail from the intersection of SR 66 and SR 36 to the Forest County line, and a trailhead.
The 36-mile long Armstrong Trail is located on the former Allegheny Valley Railroad line along the eastern bank of the Allegheny River in Armstrong and Clarion counties.
The Knox Kane Rail Trail is named for the former rail line it follows, the Knox and Kane Railroad, which was used for both freight and passenger service. Trail advocates hope to one day expand this scenic rail-trail to 74 miles.
The investments are among 37 grants, awarded statewide, totaling approximately $11.2 million, for trail projects including planning, construction and rehabilitation. A complete list is on the DCNR website. A complete list (DOC) of the grants is on the DCNR website.
DCNR has a goal of providing a trail within 15 minutes of every Pennsylvanian. Dunn said anyone who wants to visit a trail but is not sure where to go can find more than 11,000 miles and events listed on the website www.explorePAtrails.comOpens In A New Window. Learn more about trail experiences in Pennsylvania on this short videoOpens In A New Window.
In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer spending, $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue, $8.6 billion in wages and salaries, and sustains 251,000 direct Pennsylvania jobs.
Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
“Trails connect places, are one of the best guides to nature, and more than 75 percent of Pennsylvanians believe that along with parks they are an essential component of our health care system,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “The Wolf Administration is pleased to be able to assist communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania with their vision for trails to increase opportunities for citizens and visitors to hike, ride and enjoy nature.”
The grants are:
- Lackawanna County, $1.5 million from the Keystone and Land and Water Conservation funds for development of the North Pocono Trail in Dunmore Borough, and Elmhurst and Roaring Brook townships. The project will include 4 miles of trail between East Drinker St. in Dunmore and Elmhurst Reservoir, a pedestrian bridge, and trailhead.
- Forty Fort Borough, $500,000 from the Keystone Fund for development of almost a mile of the Forty Fort Bike Trail from Church St. in Kingston to East Turner St. in Forty Fort.
The North Pocono Trail is a planned 10-mile multi-use trail along a former railroad corridor owned by Lackawanna County.
The Forty Fort Bike Trail, for walking and biking, is planned to be about three miles long.