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Grants Available for Environmental Projects

Wednesday February 26th, 2020
A number of environmental grant programs are accepting applications through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. All of these grants come from the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund and have an application deadline of May 31.
The water- and recreation-related project grants fall under several categories:
Watershed restoration and protection program, for projects that restore streams impaired by uncontrolled discharge of non-point source pollution or maintain already restored streams. 
Abandoned mine drainage (AMD) abatement and treatment program, for projects to reclaim abandoned mine 
wells; construct abandoned mine drainage sites; operate and maintain or remediate and repair existing AMD sites; establish a trust fund for ongoing maintenance of a site; and monitor water quality to trace non-point source load reductions due to AMD remediation.
Orphaned or abandoned well-plugging program, for projects that clean out and plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, stray gas mitigation systems, and well-venting activities.
Sewage facilities program, to help cover the costs of sewage facilities planning under Act 537.
Flood mitigation program, for projects that are authorized by a flood protection author­ity, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service or are identified by a local government for flood mitigation.
Greenways, trails, and recreation program, for projects that involve the development, rehabilitation, and/or improvement of public parks, recreation areas, greenways, and trails, as well as river conservation activities.
For more information about these grants, call the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Center for Business Financing at (717) 787-6245 or go to the Act 13 Programs page
Applicants are urged to contact their state House and Senate members to inform them that they plan to submit an application for funding.