Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape Conservation Assistance Program

Throughout the Commonwealth, large regions are working together to drive strategic investment and actions around sustainability, conservation, community revitalization, and recreational projects.


Over the last several years PEC was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to administer the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW CL) Conservation Assistance Grant. The program is funded through DCNR’s Environmental Stewardship Fund administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

This program provides mini-grants of $2,000-$10,000 to projects within the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape that support and advance the initiative’s goals and priority areas.

The goals of the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape are:

  • Conservation – Identify important natural landscape areas for acquisition, easement, and other land protection measures.
  • Community – Engage communities to promote, enhance, and conserve local natural, cultural, and outdoor recreational resources.
  • Connections – Identify and create greenway and trail connections to public lands and communities throughout the landscape.

Follow the links below for “Success Stories” from our mini-grantees regarding their PFW CL projects funded through mini grants:

Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties, and educational institutions within the PFW CL are eligible for this mini-grant program.

All projects must be located within the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape which includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties. Priority will be given to grant applications that support the goals and objectives of the Landscape.

March 17, 2016

2016 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Applications Now Available

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has been awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to administer the 2016 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW CL) Conservation Assistance Grant program. This program will provide mini-grants of $2,000 to $10,000 to projects within Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties that support and advance the goals and objectives of the PFW CL.

A total of $60,000 in grant funding is available. All mini-grants require a 50/50 match. PEC and DCNR encourage any municipality, council of governments, registered Pennsylvania non-profits, county conservation districts, or learning institutions to consider projects that may fit the grant criteria.

A PFW CL grant application, along with guidelines and instructions can be downloaded below.

Important Dates:
  • Application Opens: March 17, 2016
  • Application Deadline: April 25, 2016
  • Grant Awards Announced: May 16, 2016
  • Projects Commence: June 1, 2016
  • Projects Completed: May 31, 2017

For more information contact:
Janet Sweeney, PFW CL Coordinator
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
175 Main Street, Luzerne, PA 18709
570-718-6507 or jsweeney@pecpa.org

PLEASE NOTE: Mini-grant funds come from the DCNR Community Conservation Partnership’s Program. If you are applying for a Pocono Forests and Water mini-grant please be aware that no portion of your match can originate from DCNR funding. Mini-grants must be matched by the applicant with local 50/50 cash and/or eligible non-cash in-kind services.


July 23, 2015

Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape Announces 2015 Mini-Grantees

After a long selection process, the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape is proud to announce its 2015 mini-grantees. A review committee met and ranked the applicants using a grant scoring criteria to determine the selections.

Thanks to funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), we were able to award a combined $60,000 to the mini-grantees, who have until Aug. 31, 2016 to complete the projects of their choice.

Under the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape, PEC has implemented a mini-grant program that funds projects that support the conservation landscape’s goals of conservation, connections, and community.

The Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape is pleased to announce the following 2015 mini-grantees:

  • Anthracite Scenic Trails Association – Survey and title work for a proposed trail alignment of the Back Mountain Trail in Luzerne Borough to the Levee Trail System in Edwardsville Borough.
  • Rail Trail Council of NEPA – Purchase and installation of three bicycle racks and three picnic tables for D&H Trailheads and scenic areas along the Lackawanna River.
  • Diamond City Partnership – Creation of a modular wayfinding signage system to direct downtown visitors and improve access to and between downtown Wilkes‐Barre, the D&L Trail, the Susquehanna Water Trail, riverfront parks, and state parks and forests.
  • Live Well Luzerne/Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA – Development of parks, trails and river superhero characters and a Superparks! website to promote the benefits of public lands for environmental and personal health, and especially mental wellness throughout the conservation landscape.
  • Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority – Creation and installation of directional signage and interpretive kiosks along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail from Market Street to Green Ridge Street to educate trail users of the site’s environmental history and features, amenities nearby, the innovate natural play area, and trail map detailing points of interest, and connections ahead to improve the overall experience of trail users.
  • Delaware Highlands Conservancy – Creation of a short call to action video that draws parallels between the clarity and purity of our minds with the cleanliness of the water. The video will leverage an organized river clean‐up day with an interview with Gen Samten – a respected Buddhist monk‐ and visuals of the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers. Viewers will be encouraged to share their own videos, pictures, and stories about how they protect water in the Upper Delaware River region.
  • Pike County Office of Community Planning – Update and printing of the extremely popular Pike Outdoors guide and development of an interactive mobile application to go along with the updated paper version.
  • Countryside Conservancy – Development of educational and informative signage in select areas along the Countryside Conservancy’s Trolley Trail. Signage pieces will depict actual scenes and/or historical postcards from the Northern Electric Trolley era.
  • Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership – Design and create a picnic area to enhance the trail head of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.

Congratulations to the 2015 PFW CL mini-grantees!

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