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.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (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 trips on many of the Commonwealth’s rivers. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is the prime sponsor of the program.

POWR announces the opening of the Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle at the beginning of each year. 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 on-water days, with up to $900 given per on-water day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for single-day sojourns.

As a nationally unique program, the Pennsylvania Sojourns reach over 4,000 people, paddle over 500 rivers miles, offer more than 100 educational programs, and distribute more than $50,000 in grants across the state.

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