Grants & Awards
On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, and other partners, PEC administers a number of mini-grant and awards programs.
Grant and award programs administered by PEC include:
- Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants
- Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants
- Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants
- Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership Mini-Grants
- Pennsylvania River of the Year
Programs currently accepting applications:
Pennsylvania River Sojourn Mini-Grant Program
Pennsylvania River Sojourns are guided paddling trips, sponsored by POWR with funding support through the PA Department of Conservation of Natural Resources and the American Canoe Association. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania’s rivers. Events must incorporate significant educational programming and be open to all participants (i.e., private trips are not eligible). Grants funds are distributed based on the number of on-water days, with up to $900 given per on-water day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for single-day sojourns.
Submissions Due: March 15, 2021 by 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit the “Apply” link below.
2021 Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has been awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, (DCNR) to administer the 2021 Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Program. This program will provide mini-grants of $1,000 to $7,000 for projects within Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties that support and advance the goals of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape (LHCL).
Priorities: Projects should complement the mission to foster conservation and stewardship of the natural and man-built environments while promoting sustainable economic development through outdoor recreation as described in one or more of these topics:
- Land Conservation: : Support planning and protection of additional land in the Laurel Highlands through strategic assessment of ecological, location, and viewshed priorities.
- Water Conservation: Advance protection and conservation of water resources for potable water, recreation, and ecosystem sustainability.
- Trails: Support planning and development of trails and trail networks to enhance recreation and economic growth, and promote livability, and healthy lifestyles.
- Tourism, Outdoor Recreation: To connect outdoor recreation to tourism amenities and local communities to expand the visitor experience and foster cross-promotion.
- Infrastructure Maintenance and Development: To support priority infrastructure projects that enhance the visitor experience and economic viability of the Landscape.
- Climate Resilience: Elevate understand of climate change, its impact on the Landscape, and support efforts to respond to the changing environment.
- Communication: Build awareness of initiatives that support LHCL mission and goals amongst a variety of audiences including partners, residents, visitors, elected officials, business persons.
Applications Due: April 2, 2021, 7:00 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit the “Apply” link below.
2021-2022 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) was awarded a total of $60,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) through their Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) to administer the 2020-2021 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW) Mini Grant Program. The DCNR funding is provided through the Environmental Stewardship Fund administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The PFW mini grant is administered by PEC as a reimbursement funding program.
Mini grants of $2,000 to $10,000 that support and advance the goals and objectives of the PFW for projects within Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties will be considered. All projects, related costs and funding must conform to the guidelines of the DCNR C2P2 Program: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/index.aspx
Applications Due: April 30, 2021, 6:00 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit the “Apply” link below.