Available Grants and Awards
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Electronic Grants System
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides eGrants, an electronic grants system that contains all available DCNR grants. Applications can be submitted online.
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative
Under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI), eligible landowners can use available technical and financial assistance to address soil erosion, sedimentation, and excess nutrients in streams and waterways, as well as other related natural resource concerns such as air quality, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and forestry. Applications for CBWI will be accepted continuously and evaluated on a monthly basis. To apply, farmers must fill out an application form and contact their local NRCS office. Pennsylvania agricultural producers located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed may be eligible to apply.
Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grants
This program provides up to $5,000.00 for projects that focus on the Chesapeake Bay Trust's priorities. These grants are typically used for educational purposes, small projects, and public awareness initiatives. Grant applications will be considered until funds are exhausted.
This foundation offers support to organizations for arts/culture, education, the environment, health, human services and history. Priority is given to Philadelphia and Chester Counties. Grants ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 are available to organizations that are tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3) or public charities under IRS Code 509(a). Applications are due March 1 and October 1 of each year.
Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
This Trust provides charities with funding to support education, the environment/conservation, or children’s programs.
William Penn Foundation Grants
This foundation provides grants that protect, conserve, and restore water resources that drain to the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.
Maryland DNR Grants and Loans
Visit this site for a comprehensive list of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Grants and Loans.
Maryland DNR Tree-Mendous Program – Trees for Schools Project
The Trees for Schools Project assists teachers and students in Montgomery County Public Schools to plant native trees in their school yards. Six-foot tall native trees are provided at no charge to the schools with educational fact sheets on how trees benefit the environment.
The Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee (MUCFC) Grants
The Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee (MUCFC) is providing maximum grants of $1,500 to projects for tree planting and care. Grants are reviewed on or about September 15, February 15 and June 15.
PennVEST Loans – Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority
Loans are provided for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater loans, on-lot sewage disposal funds, and Brownfield redevelopment.
Keystone HELP Loan Program to Help Homeowners Install Geothermal Systems
The new Keystone Home Energy Loan Program offers low-interest loans combined with companion loans in anticipation of federal tax credits for utilizing geothermal systems.
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Grants Page
The PHMC offers many grants covering topics such as Historical Markers, Technical Assistance, Certified Local Governments, and more.
NY DEC Grants
Visit this site for a comprehensive list of New York Department of Environmental Conservation Grants and Loans.
USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) Loan and Grant Program for Rural Areas
This program provides loans, grants, loan guarantees and technical assistance for water, sanitary, waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and towns of 10,000 or less. Assistance is provided to public entities, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. Applications are accepted continually.
USDA Technical Assistance and Training Grants for Rural Areas
These grants are provided for identifying solutions for water and waste disposal problems, assist in preparing applications for water and waste grants, and improving operations and maintenance of existing facilities. Private non-profit organizations located in rural areas and towns of 10,000 or less are eligible. Applications accepted October 1 through December 31 every year.
USDA Solid Waste Management Grant Program for Rural Areas
These grants are provided to public bodies, private non-profit organizations and Native American tribes for reducing/eliminating pollution of water resources and improving planning/management of solid waste sties in rural areas. Applications accepted October 1 through December 31 every year.
PA Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP)
This program provides farmers and business with tax credits in exchange for Best Management Practices (BMPs) on agricultural operations to enhance production and protect natural resources. Applications will be accepted till fiscal year 2009-2010 appropriations are committed to projects.
Gannett Foundation – Community Action Grants
Funds are granted to provide education/neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment. Applications are due February 16 and August 17 of each year.
H2O PA – High Hazard Unsafe Dam Projects
Grants between $500,000 and $20,000,000 are provided to municipalities, municipal authorities, the Commonwealth and independent agencies for projects that repair, rehabilitate, or remove all or some of a high hazards unsafe dam.
New Jersey DEP Grants and Loans
Visit this site for a comprehensive list of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Grants and Loans.
EPA Wetland Grants Database (WGD)
The WGD is a database provides information on Wetland Program Development Grants such as project descriptions, grant amounts, final reports, geolocational information, case studies, and more. They also have a “Model Products” section that highlights valuable products. It is meant to be a learning tool for applicants to learn from what others have done. To view the database, visit http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1 and click on the link that says, "Click here for Public Access (read-only)."
USDA’s NRCS Grants to Protect Private Forest Land in Pennsylvania
The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing grants in Adams, Adams, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Snyder and York Counties to protect Pennsylvania’s forest land through the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP). The HFRP grants will be focused on protecting and improving critical habitat for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalist), a federally listed endangered species. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until funding is exhausted.
USDA – Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds to protect forested land preferred by the Indiana bat, which is a federally listed endangered species. Funding will go to projects in 12 Pennsylvania counties that protect and improve critical habitat. Applications will be accepted continuously until the available $1.1 million is exhausted. For more information, visit http://www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/HFRP/index.html.
Pennsylvania Conservation Programs
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County Waste Planning Grants – PA DEP
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is providing county waste planning grants that cover 80 percent of approved costs for preparing municipal waste management plans, performing related studies, surveys, investigations, inquiries, research and analysis, and providing technical assistance to small businesses for pollution prevention. Grants may be awarded for feasibility studies and project development for municipal waste processing or disposal facilities. This is the beginning of an open application period.
Agricultural Land Conservation Assistance Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture awards grants to certain counties for projects that establish or improve agricultural conservation easement purchase programs. Regulations can be viewed and downloaded at www.pacode.com.
Applications will be accepted from January 2, 2012 to February 16, 2012.
PA PHMC – Keystone Historic Preservation Project and Construction Grants
The PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is providing grants for projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania. Project and construction grants are provided for historic resources in Pennsylvania listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places. Applications are due March 1, 2012.
TreeVitalize Metros Grant
The goal of the TreeVitalize Program is to plant 1 million trees in Pennsylvania by 2012. In the fall of 2011, 296,962 trees had been planted. An additional goal of the program is to train 10,000 volunteers in basic tree biology and tree care to assist their communities with planting and maintenance. Grants are awarded a maximum of $15,000 a year per municipality. A 50% match is required, with 25% cash and 25% volunteer in-kind contributions. Projects must be completed within 1 planting season.
Urban Waters Small Grants Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing between $1.8 and $3.8 million in funding for projects that help restore urban waters by improving water quality. The grants are provided to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that restore urban waters through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Examples of eligible projects include education and training for improving water quality or green infrastructure jobs, public education about reducing water pollution, local water quality monitoring programs, or local watershed plan development. Applications are due January 23, 2012.
Environmental Quality Awards – EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting nominations to honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have improved the environment and protected public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations over the past year. Awards will be granted in the following categories: Business and Industry, Individual Citizen, Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group, Environmental Education, Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency, and Press and Media. Nominations will be accepted until February 21, 2012.
For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/region2/eqa
US EPA News Release, January 3, 2012
Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is accepting nominations from environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The awards are open to any Pennsylvania business, government agency, educational institution, individual or farm that has created or worked on a project that includes environmental technology innovation, clean energy innovation, pollution prevention and resource efficiency, community revitalization, environmental education or outreach, watershed stewardship, and mine safety, among others. Projects must have been completed between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011. Applications are due by January 30, 2012.
PA DEP News Release, December 29, 2011
TreeVitalize Tree Planting – Fall 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is accepting applications for trees or funding to buy and plant trees. The 12 metros Regions Grant Round closes March 1, 2012. The Pittsburgh Region Grant Round closes on March 9, 2012. The Philadelphia Region Grant Round closing is unknown. All other region grants will close on March 15, 2012. TreeVitalize is also offering $1 tree reimbursement for riparian buffer plantings in all counties except Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative – USDA
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) issued a Request for Proposals to provide financial assistance to new farm conservation proposals within 54 designated focus areas in 13 Mississippi river Basin states. Funds will be provided through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative ($11.74 million) and Wetlands reserve Enhancement Program ($25 million). Proposals are due March 19, 2012.