The application deadline for the 2022-2023 Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant program is coming up on December 14th. This program will provide mini-grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for projects within Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties that support and advance the goals of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape (LHCL). Projects should complement the mission to foster conservation and stewardship of the natural and built environments while promoting sustainable economic development through outdoor recreation as described in one or more of the topics below:
- 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 understanding 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, and businesses.
The Landscape hosted a pre-application webinar on Thursday, November 17th to cover administrative details, eligible activities, and highlight previously-awarded projects. You can view a recording of that webinar below. The mini-grant program is funded through DCNRʼs Environmental Stewardship Fund administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and managed by PEC. Awards will be announced in January 2023.
For more information and to apply, visit our Submittable portal here.