Tuesday, April 19, 2022

PA Environmental Council Now Accepting Applications For 2022 Water Trail Mini Grants

PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for 2022 Water Trail Mini Grants.  The deadline for applications is May 27.

Proposed projects must advance program goals such as creating recreational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians on Water Trails; developing trails that support sustainable use of natural resources; increasing and improving physical and psychological access to Water Trails; and connecting water trails to land trails or to other culturally significant community assets.

Eligible applicants include registered non-profit organizations and public entities (such as a county, municipality, or municipal agency) and all projects must occur on or for a designated Pennsylvania Water Trail - view map here

Applicants can request up to $5,000 and project proposals must include a 1:1 match (cash or in-kind). 

Pennsylvania's 28 water trails link outdoor recreation and water conservation efforts. 

Since 2008, PEC, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, and the National Parks Service have worked together to promote and maintain the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program's network of creeks and rivers. 

The PA Water Trails Program provides technical assistance, shares education and resources, and facilitates opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning for water trail managers. 

On average PEC supports between 6 and 10 projects under this program. 

Over the years project outcomes have included improved way-finding signage and safety messaging, up-to-date water trail maps, new and enhanced physical access sites, streamside habitat improvement, and environmental education and introduction to paddling opportunities for youth and underserved community members.

PEC has administered the PA Water Trail Mini-Grant program since 2017. 

Mini grant funding is financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. 

Therefore, applicants should note that mini grants may not be used as a match for other DCNR funded projects.

PEC will no longer be accepting applications via email or mail. All applications must be submitted online. Applications and instructions are now available online.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Environmental Council website, visit the PEC Blog, PEC Bill/Regulation Tracker, follow PEC on Twitter or Like PEC on Facebook.  Visit PEC’s Audio Room for the latest podcasts.  Click Here to receive regular updates from PEC.

For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and help available to community-based watershed organizations, visit the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website.  Follow them on Facebook.

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[Posted: April 19, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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