Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is now accepting applications for grants for projects to address stormwater runoff, agricultural pollution and abandoned mine drainage in the Schuylkill  River Watershed.  The deadline for filing a letter of intent is February 13.
There are also two specific focus areas: the Perkiomen Creek Watershed and projects designed to protect the Philadelphia water supply.
There is also a separate set of guidelines for projects involving land transactions assistance available through Schuylkill River Greenways.
Grant applicants may request between $20,000 and $100,000.  Applicants working in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed may request between $5,000 and $100,000.  All projects require a minimum 25 percent match.
The Restoration Fund last year awarded grants totaling $364,193 for 11 projects that will improve water quality in the river and its tributaries. Since being established in 2006, the fund has distributed over $3.3 million--and leveraged another $5 million--for 95 projects that protect and restore the Schuylkill River.
The grants are administered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which is managed by the Schuylkill River Greenway Association.
Click Here for more information and everything you need to apply.
(Photo: Bell Colliery, Reevesdale and Otto Abandoned Mine Drainage System, Schuylkill County.)

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