The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking grant applications for its Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF), which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to Western Pennsylvania’s waterways. The Conservancy’s CADF provides technical assistance and grants of up to $5,000 for the construction and enhancement of canoe and kayak access locations. The deadline for applications is April 26.

Founded in 2008 by Conservancy donors and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, CADF provides grants to watershed organizations and other community groups to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation by developing and improving access sites for canoeists, kayakers and anglers. Grant funding could be used to stabilize access areas to rivers or streams, add nearby parking areas, purchase riverside access or for other improvements.

Currently, 94 CADF-supported projects are completed and open to the public along 39 different waterways in 24 counties in the region. An interactive map on the WPC website allows users to explore some of the region’s WPC-funded access sites.

A downloadable application, including a complete list of requirements, is available on the Canoe Access Development Fund webpage.

(Post adapted from news shared by PA Environmental Digest)