The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that $90 million in recreation and conservation grants have been awarded to more than 330 projects across Pennsylvania. Dozens of these grants are awarded to townships across the state and others will go to non-profit organizations that will undertake projects in townships. Projects include trails, open space protection, streamside forest buffers, and development or rehabilitation of park and recreational facilities. Funding for these projects comes from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). Click here for descriptions of all the winning projects.
In addition, DCNR announced that it is now accepting applications for a special Fall 2022 grant round for C2P2 grants that was funded as part of the state’s final 2022-2023 budget deal using American Rescue Plan Funds. The deadline to submit applications for the fall grant round is October 27.
For this supplemental round, municipalities with populations of less than 5,000 need to provide only a 20% local match with no restrictions on project size. In addition, $8 million is available for tree planting, lawn conversion, and streamside buffers. Townships may also apply for recreation and conservation planning, land acquisition and conservation, motorized trails, non-motorized trails, rehabilitation and development of public parks, recreation facilities, greenways, and river conservation projects.
Click here for the press release. Click here for detailed information on the new C2P2 grant opportunity. Click here for FAQs on the new grant round.