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Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (Managed by DEP Energy Program Office and Bureau of Air Quality)

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has received $3 million in grant funding to undertake climate action planning through EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG). This grant will be managed jointly by DEP’s Energy Programs Office and Bureau of Air Quality. Over the next two years we will be working diligently to develop a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) and Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) for Pennsylvania as deliverables for this grant. Greenhouse gas reduction strategies that are included and analyzed in Pennsylvania’s PCAP will open the door for $4.6 billion nationally in additional Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grants. While we anticipate that the Commonwealth’s PCAP will focus on climate pollution reduction measures within the industrial sector, the final focus will be informed by stakeholder feedback.

As part of our planning efforts, we are engaging local government stakeholders within the Commonwealth, as local government agencies are eligible applicants for the $4.6 billion in Implementation Grants It is imperative that entities who may wish to apply for implementation grants engage with DEP during this planning phase, as being included in a Priority Climate Action Plan is required to apply for implementation funding.

For more information on the CPRG Implementation Grants, please see EPA’s webinar.

EPA Community Change Grants Now Open

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the new Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants Program.

Approximately $2 billion is available to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Eligible applicants are partnerships between two community-based non-profit organizations, and partnerships between such organizations and local governments or higher education institutions.

Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis through November 21, 2024. Interested applicants can apply using the website.

Grant Writing Assistance:

Looking for funding assistance for 2024 grant rounds? Freelance grant writing and project development services are available from Sarah Chudnovsky, Sarah directly assists municipalities and non-profits with securing state funding for recreational projects, open space preservation, public infrastructure updates, and more. Over the last five years, she has secured $2 million in grant funding for parks and rec + conservation projects in Berks and Schuylkill counties. She has experience with grant programs through DCNR, DCED, NRCS, private foundations, and more. She is based in Berks County but able to work remotely with municipalities, non-profits, and farms across PA. She can be reached at [email protected].

Grant Writing Classes Available through National Grant Foundation

The sole Mission of the National Grant Foundation is to educate individuals and organizations in the skills and best practices needed to successfully find – and apply for – attainable grants for themselves and their organizations.  We offer many different Classes in Grant Writing, Fundraising and Non-Profits, as well as General Interest Classes in Excel, WordPress, QuickBooks, Social Media Marketing, PowerPoint, and Email Marketing.

Available Classes:

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New Guide to Obtaining Federal Funding for ADA-Compliant Pedestrian Facilities Released by Polara Industries

There are billions of dollars in federal transportation funding each year, but can any of them pay for Pedestrian Accessibility Improvements in your town? What you need to know gas been distilled into this helpful guide - an overview of the 13 federal funding programs that pay for pedestrian accessibility infrastructure - with links and guidance for applicants. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE.

River Network Releases Federal Funding Toolbox for Critical Water Projects

While we know that implementation of critical water projects and policies ultimately comes down to the local level, federal funding is an important resource, providing communities and cities with the dollars they need to carry out this important work. Historic federal funding made available via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will help meet this need. However, improving and ensuring long-term access to these funding streams by communities that are most in need is essential. ACCESS THE TOOLBOX.

Brandywine Conservancy Announces Spring 2024 Round of Brandywine Creek Greenway Mini-Grant Program

The Mini-Grant Program funds small projects that improve parks, open space and community trails, and will advance priority conservation and recreation projects identified in the BCG's Strategic Action Plan, plus other publicly vetted municipal planning documents. Eligible applicants include Pennsylvania non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties, and some educational institutions. Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status and be registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Mini grants may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR funded grant projects. All projects, related costs, and funding must conform to all DCNR Grant Terms and Conditions of the PA DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program. Application Deadline: May 13, 2024, by 5PM.

Application Resources and Materials

For questions about funding for Spring 2024 (Round 5) or general questions about the BCG Mini Grant Program please contact Elena Hadley at [email protected]

This program is funded by a grant of $85,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnership Program Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC). With these funds, the Brandywine Conservancy will be able to grant awards of $2,000 to $25,000 to projects that will support and advance the goals and objectives of the BCG’s Strategic Action Plan (2014).

Eligible applicants include Pennsylvania non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties and some educational institutions.