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Environmental Education Grants

Administered through DEP, the Environmental Education Grants Program provides funds to support a wide range of environmental education projects including meaningful, hands-on programs for students, teacher training workshops, and community conservation projects for adults.

DEP’s Environmental Education Grants Program welcomes applications for the development of innovative formal and non-formal environmental education projects that: 1) Address grant program priorities; 2) Provide opportunities to expand the public’s understanding of Pennsylvania’s environmental issues; and 3) Develop skills required to make informed decisions and take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

Grant funding is provided on a reimbursement basis.

  • 2023 Project Period: July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024
  • Application Round Opens: August 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: December 9, 2022 at 4:59 p.m.

Submit your best application!

A 2023 Grants Program webinar was held Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Click here to access the webinar recording.

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More information can be found at https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/EnvironmentalEducation/Grants/pages/default.aspx

 

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program has approximately $3 million in funding available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania that want to transition to cleaner fuel transportation.

Supported alternative fuels include electricity, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, hydrogen, hythane, biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and other advanced biofuels. Grant funding covers:

  • Incremental costs related to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels;
  • Incremental costs to purchase alternative fuel vehicles;
  • Cost to purchase and install the necessary fleet-refueling or home-refueling equipment for alternative fuel vehicles;
  • Cost to perform research, training, development, and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.

Application deadlines: There are two application periods. The program will collect and review all applications submitted by 4:00 PM on August 26, 2022, and again by 4:00 PM on December 16, 2022.

Submit your best application!

The DEP Energy Programs Office held an informational webinar on the 2022 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program at 2 PM EDT on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

More information at: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx

A small local fund,  the Grandom Institution,  has grant funding available for low-income clean energy initiatives.  In the past, Grandom provided most of its grants in the form of bill payment assistance.  However,  given the recent increases in funding for the LIHEAP and WAP programs,  Grandom is now focusing on clean energy and decarbonization efforts.  Please circulate this announcement to anyone who might be interested. Here is their FAQ which states while preference is given to Philly orgs, other surrounding counties are eligible, grants average $4500, and are provided up to $10K.

The following is a partial list of examples. Grandom is interested in promoting innovation, so this list is provided for illustrative purposes only. 

  • Self-help weatherization workshops
  • Direct installation of cost effective measures that are beyond the ability of most residents, such as programmable thermostats
  • Energy efficiency improvements, weatherization
  • Community solar or other low-income solar program
  • Fuel switching from inefficient fuel oil to high efficiency heat pump

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