The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting applications for its 2011 Community Conservation Partnership Grants and has scheduled grant writing workshops in January and February. The deadline for grant applications is April 20.
Depending on the funding source, eligible applicants include Commonwealth municipalities and appropriate nonprofit organizations.
In 2011, the Department Grant Program will focus on making grant awards that create or enhance this Commonwealth's recreation and conservation infrastructure—supporting sustainable communities, economic development, healthy lifestyles and creating jobs.
Specific priorities for grant projects are: park and recreational facilities that demonstrate green principles and connect children to healthy recreation and the outdoors; trails; river access projects and projects identified by regional partnerships including Conservation Landscapes Initiatives, Statewide Significant Greenways and Heritage Areas.
For more information on many of these priorities visit the Outdoor Recreation Plan webpage.
Free grants workshops are scheduled at the following locations throughout this Commonwealth with the help of the PA Recreation and Parks Society, from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. focusing on the Department's greening emphasis, how to develop a competitive and ready to go project and changes to the 2011 C2P2 Grants Program:
-- January 11—Bucks County Community College, Newtown (Snow Date: January 12);
-- January 14—Montgomery County Safety Training Center, Conshohocken (Snow Date: February 18);
-- February 1—Franklin Park Borough Activity Center, Sewickley (Snow Date: February 15);
-- February 3—Luzerne County Community College, Edu. Conf. Ctr., Nanticoke (Snow Date: February 4);
-- February 8—Clarion University, James Gemmell Student Complex, Clarion (Snow Date: February 16); and
-- February 10—Boalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, Boalsburg (Snow Date: February 17).
To register for these workshops, go to the DCNR Calendar webpage select the Workshops-Grants Calendar. In the event of inclement weather, contact PA Recreation and Park Society at 814-234-4272, and/or check the workshop status on the Department's Calendar, or the PRPS website.
How To Apply
All applications must be submitted electronically through the Environmental eGrants System available online. No paper, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. For assistance with the Environmental eGrants System, call the Department's Grants Customer Service Center at 800-326-7734 or send email to: DCNR-Grants@state.pa.us.
All grant information, project guidance documents, program policies and application instructions are available online at the DCNR Grants webpage. (formal notice)