Groups Encouraged to Apply for Latest State Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Applications for conservation, recreation, trail, and related grants administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are being accepted now, 24th District Sen. Tracy Pennycuick reported Monday (Jan. 23, 2023). She is encouraging counties, municipalities, municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits, and others to apply.

During the past 20 years, the state’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program has funded more than 4,000 projects. “Local initiatives” in Berks and Montgomery counties can be among its latest beneficiaries, Pennycuick said.

Applications will be accepted through April 5. Online tutorials are available to aid organizations in the application process.

“Outdoor recreation is a key component of thriving communities, and conservation of natural resources is very important” to the counties’ residents, the senator acknowledged. Such projects can be expensive, too, so “it’s critical these funds be made available” to provide local assistance, she added.

Program funding can be used to plan, acquire and develop parks, recreation facilities and trails, and conserve critical conservation areas and watersheds. They also support education and training on conservation and recreation topics, as well as to build conservation, heritage and recreation partnerships.

Grants are funded from a variety of state and federal revenue sources, including Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact fee.

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