The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2021 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Sojourns must incorporate significant educational programming, and be open to all participants (i.e., private trips are not eligible). Applicants can request $900 per day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for a single-day sojourn.

POWR is no longer be accepting applications via email or mail. All applications must be submitted online. Applications and instructions are now available online at:

Information on the sojourn program can also be found at:

Applications are due March 15, 2021 by 5:00pm.

POWR strongly recommends that applicants visit the Plan a Safe Trip webpage on this site to access videos with many important and useful tips for planning safe and successful sojourns.

The PA Sojourn Program is a nationally unique program that awards more than $30,000 in grants across the state to support local organizations and their sojourn events. On average POWR supports between 10 to 15 paddling events under this program. Over the years PA Sojourns supported by POWR have encompassed over 500 river miles, for 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs and engaging over 4,000 people.

POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the Pennsylvania Sojourn program. POWR has been in place for over a decade and has sponsored sojourn/paddling trips on many of the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is the prime sponsor of the program.