Tuesday, September 1, 2020

PECO/Natural Lands Green Region Open Space Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the PECO Green Region Open Space Grant Program administered by Natural Lands.  Applications are due October 31.
The program, now in its 16th year, awards grants of up to $10,000 to eligible municipalities and recreation authorities within PECO’s service area.
Over the years, numerous municipalities, regional recreational authorities, and nonprofits in southeastern Pennsylvania have undertaken a variety of open space projects. Recognizing the importance of these initiatives, PECO has partnered with Natural Lands to provide grants to assist in these efforts.
Eligible applicants include municipalities and regional recreational authorities within PECO’s suburban service territory, which includes portions of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and York counties. 
Within the City of Philadelphia, eligible applicants are limited to incorporated nonprofit organizations.
The grants are to be used with other funding sources to cover expenses related to open space projects, such as consulting fees, trail construction, land acquisition, habitat improvement, and the cost of creating and implementing an open space plan.
“Through the PECO Green Region program we have awarded more than $2.3 million to execute nearly 300 projects since the program’s inception in 2004,” said Romona Riscoe Benson, PECO’s director of corporate and community relations. “We urge townships to apply for their planned open space projects, and hope that PECO Green Region funds will make a real difference as communities work to preserve and protect farmland, watersheds, parks, and trails for this and future generations.”
To learn more and apply, visit the PECO Green Region Open Space Grant Program webpage or contact Estelle Wynn Dolan, program administrator, at 610-353-5587 ext. 213 or by email to: edolan@natlands.org
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Natural Lands website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from Natural Lands and Like them on FacebookClick Here to support their activities.
Natural Lands has preserved more than 125,000 acres, including 43 nature preserves and one public garden totaling more than 23,000 acres.
[Posted: Sept. 1, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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