Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Coldwater Heritage Partnership Now Accepting Applications For 2018 Grants

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership Wednesday announced it is now accepting applications for  the 2018 Coldwater Conservation Grants.  The deadline for applications is December 15.
The program provides two grant opportunities which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems.
The two grant opportunities are:
-- Planning Grants: Designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the threats to the health of local coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout as well as the opportunities for habitat restoration and conservation within those watersheds. The information and analysis can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or for development of watershed improvements projects. Planning grants average around $5,000.
-- Implementation Grants: Designed to provide funding for projects recommended in a completed conservation plan or other approved plan such as a Rivers Conservation Plan. Proposed projects must enhance, conserve or protect the coldwater stream for which the coldwater conservation plan or similar document was originally completed. Implementation grants average around $8,000.
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership urges watershed associations, conservancies, conservation districts, municipalities and local chapters of Trout Unlimited to apply.
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership provides technical assistance and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that outline planning strategies and define implementation projects that best conserve and protect Pennsylvania’s coldwater fisheries.
In addition to its grant program, CHP strives to foster greater public understanding of watershed characteristics and how they affect coldwater ecosystems; identify special areas of concern, such as areas with exceptional water quality and high potential for impacts; and provide technical assistance and financial opportunities to organizations dedicated to protecting coldwater ecosystems.
The CHP is a cooperative effort among the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.
For more information, visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant Application webpage.  Questions should be directed to Tali MacArthur, Program Director, by sending email to: or call 814-359-5233.

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