FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 15, 2018
CONTACT: Janet Sweeney or Angela Vitkoski, POWR
POWR announces 2019 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2019 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Sojourns must incorporate significant educational programming, and be open to all participants (i.e., private trips are not eligible). Applicants can request $900 per day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for a single-day sojourn.
Applications and instructions are now available to download online at: www.pawatersheds.org or www.pecpa.org
Applications are due February 26, 2019 by 5:00pm.
The PA Sojourn Program is a nationally unique program that awards $30,000 in grants across the state to support local organizations and their sojourn events. On average POWR supports between 10 to 15 paddling events under this program. Over the years PA Sojourns supported by POWR have encompassed over 500 river miles, for 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs and engaging over 4,000 people.
POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the Pennsylvania Sojourn program. POWR has been in place for over a decade and has sponsored sojourn/paddling trips on many of the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is the prime sponsor of the program.
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
About the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR)
POWR was created to advocate for the protection, restoration and enjoyment of our common wealth of water resources through several key initiatives including the PA River of Year and River Sojourn programs. POWR’s mission, to empower citizen champions and unite people and communities to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s rivers, creeks, streams and wetlands, recognizes the unique and valuable contribution of Pennsylvania’s CWOs in the on-the-ground work to conserve its high quality and exceptional value streams and restore those waterways impaired by acid mine drainage, agricultural and stormwater runoff pollution.