Upcoming Grant Opportunities for Watersheds Projects

Heads up, watershed groups: we’ve gotten word of several exciting grant opportunities coming up in 2018. Proposals are due over the next few weeks, so get going!


Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grants – DUE DECEMBER 15, 2017

Coldwater Conservation Plans are useful in building local awareness and support for the long-term stewardship of coldwater streams and their surrounding watersheds. The objective of these plans if to identify potential problems and opportunities for stream conservation. They often lead to more detailed watershed studies or projects, ultimately improving the health of coldwater ecosystems.


DCNR Forested Stream Buffer Grants – DUE DECEMBER 20, 2017

The only two programs that partners can apply for are: (1) Riparian Forest Buffers (PennVEST-funded) and (2)  Snowmobile /ATV. Here are the basic details about the fall RFB program– in short, this program would be a great fit for watershed groups that do not have significant cash flow or assets.

  • Up to $1 million of funding is being provided by PennVEST, and administered by DCNR
  • Funding is for the installation of riparian forest buffers across the state (multifunctional preferred but not required)
  • There is no match required
  • Up to 5% of the grant amount may be used for administrative and project planning costs
  • Applicants must prequalify to be eligible for this funding
  • Information about prequalification, as well as grant details and requirements, are available on the grant application website.
  • Please contact Kelly Rossiter for more information (717.772.3319 / [email protected]).


US EPA – Chesapeake Bay Program – DUE JANUARY 15, 2018
  1. Small Watershed Grants —  this program promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
  2. Innovative and Nutrient Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants – this program supports efforts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that will vastly accelerate sub-watershed and/or regional scale implementation of nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

Proposals are due no later than January 15, 2018.  It is expected that grant awards may be issued for up to a six-year project period beginning June 1, 2018. Applicants may apply for either or both grants, but applicants must submit a separate application for each activity if they apply for both. Applicants cannot submit more than one application per activity.

This RFP is available here.



As part of our ongoing effort to build connections and foster cooperation among Community Watershed Organizations (CWOs), PEC will soon launch a regular newsletter with information on meetings, events, funding opportunities, and more. If you are part of a CWO and would like to subscribe, please contact Susan Myerov, Watersheds Program Director, at [email protected].