Friday, January 13, 2012

Reminder: DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Grant Round Open, Workshops Set

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week opened the 2012 application period for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.  (formal notice)
            The primary open application period officially began on January 11 and will end at 4 p.m. on April 4. Depending on the funding source, eligible applicants include Commonwealth municipalities and appropriate nonprofit organizations.
            Grant assistance from the Department helps communities in this Commonwealth and organizations plan, acquire and develop recreation, park and trail facilities and conserve open space. The Bureau administers the C2P2 Program which combines several State and Federal funding sources into one grant program.
            In 2012, the Department Grant Program will focus on making grant awards that enhance this Commonwealth's recreation and conservation infrastructure.
            Specific priorities for grant proposals include: the rehabilitation of existing park and recreation facilities, particularly through the incorporation of green principles; trail projects that close gaps in major Statewide greenways and regionally significant trails; implementation of Rivers Conservation Plans including enhancing water trails and improving public river access; planning to help park and recreation facilities become greener; land conservation for critical habitat, key connectors, expansion of existing park and recreation areas and the establishment of new community parks; and projects identified by regional partnerships including Conservation Landscape Initiatives, Heritage Areas and Statewide significant greenways.
            For more information on many of these priorities visit the PA Outdoor Recreation Plan webpage.
            Grant Writing Workshops
            During February and March, free grants workshops are scheduled at the following locations throughout this Commonwealth, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., focusing on the Department's greening emphasis, how to develop a competitive and ready to go project and changes to the 2012 C2P2 Grants Program:
-- February 21—PA State Association of Township Supervisors Building, Enola;
-- February 22—Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, Conshohocken;
-- February 28—Franklin Park Borough, Blueberry Hill Park Activity Center, Franklin Park;
-- February 29—Clarion University, James Gemmell Student Complex, Clarion;
-- March 1—Bucks County Conference and Visitor Bureau, Bensalem;
-- March 6—Department of Environmental Protection, Moshannon District Mining Office, Philipsburg; and
-- March 8—Luzerne County Community College, Education Conference Center, Nanticoke
            To register for these workshops, go to the DCNR Calendar of Events webpage. In the event of inclement weather, contact the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society at 814-234-4272, and/or check the workshop status on the Department's Calendar or the PRPS website
            March 23 Webinar
            If a workshop is cancelled due to inclement weather, a webinar on the C2P2 Grants Program will be held on March 23.
            Persons with a disability who wish to submit an application and require assistance should contact Darrel Siesholtz at (717) 787-7672 to discuss how the Department may best accommodate their needs. Voice/TTY users should call (800) 654-5984.
            Click Here for guidelines and procedures for applying for a Community Conservation Partnership Grant.  Click Here to start your grant application.  (Only online applications will be accepted.)

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