POWR Announces Statewide Waterway Access Grants


Sep. 6, 2023

Contact: Rachael Stark

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (570) 718-6507


Dallas — As paddlers take to Pennsylvania waterways in ever-increasing numbers, a new mini grant program provides funding to make the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams more accessible.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) announces the opening of the new Statewide Waterway Access Grant Mini Grant Program (SWAG). The grant program, supported by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is designed to help meet growing demand for non-motorized boating opportunities. The program provides grants of up to $30,000 to create new or improve existing access points along the region’s rivers, streams, and waterways.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of non-motorized watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards skyrocketed, with a 56% increase in spending nationwide during June of 2020 alone. The rush of new users highlights the need for improved stream access.

POWR encourages townships, boroughs, municipal and county governments, and nonprofit groups (501c3) to apply. Grant applications are open on a rolling basis for acquisition, design and engineering, construction, and rehabilitation projects. Projects must benefit and directly support non-motorized recreational boating. A one-to-one match is required, and grantees will be responsible for all ongoing maintenance of the selected site. The program will not award grants to private businesses.

To apply for a grant, please click here.

About POWR

POWR’s mission is to provide the tools, training, education, and resources that empower community watershed organization leaders and volunteers to protect and restore rivers and streams, advocate for sound water resource management and policies, and facilitate stewardship and enjoyment of Pennsylvania’s waterways.