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Municipal Grant Application Process

WeConservePA is seeking information on how municipalities handle grant applications.  Does your municipality have a process that it follows when applying for grants, and can (or has) your EAC been involved in seeking or applying for grants?  Who typically writes grant applications?

Please reach out to [email protected] with your response.

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EPA Seeks Feedback on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Solid Waste and Recycling Programs

EPA is hosting virtual conversations and feedback sessions with stakeholders across the country to discuss new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for solid waste prevention, management and recycling initiatives. EPA is scheduling a number of feedback sessions for the public. In addition to broad public sessions, EPA is conducting feedback sessions for specific stakeholder groups to learn about their unique concerns. In May and June 2022, the sessions will cover EPA funding programs that are currently under development. EPA welcomes your input about your recycling infrastructure and education and outreach needs as well as data and measurement needs.


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DEP Expands Environmental Education Grant Funding

Good news! DEP is expanding the Environmental Education Grant Program to increase the number of applicants and environmental education projects supported statewide.

Longer application period: The 2023 Environmental Education Grants round will open a month earlier than in previous years, with applications accepted beginning August 1, 2022. The deadline is  December 9, 2022, at 4:59 pm.

Increased funding amounts: Mini Grants are increased to $5,000 (from $3,000) for local environmental education projects by school, county, municipality, or other defined area. General Grants Level I are increasing to $30,000 (from $20,000) for large-scale regional and/or statewide environmental education projects.

General Grants Level II remain at a $85,000 ceiling for non-formal environmental education programs designed to widely engage teachers and youth at three levels: county, state and national. Teachers and students from at least 60 Pennsylvania counties must directly participate in the project, and at least 30 percent of the project participants live and/or work within an Environmental Justice area.

Expanded expense coverage: Funding for people costs is increased to 50 percent (from 35 percent), and projects that get a General Grant can now use up to 30 percent (formerly 10 percent) of total grant funds to purchase program-specific technology. In addition, lodging and boat, kayak, and paddle board rentals are now also included among expenses eligible for grant funding.

DEP Environmental Education Grants support formal or non-formal environmental education projects that address one or more of these priorities:

  1. Water quality: Education programs promoting effective ways to reduce non-point source and source water pollution to improve water quality;
  2. Climate change: Education projects that promote practical solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the negative impacts of climate change, including floods, changes to groundwater, pests, disease, agricultural disruptions, and potential threats to human health;
  3. Environmental Justice: Education programs that engage youth and/or adults living or working within Environmental Justice areas.

For more information, visit the visit the Environmental Education Grants web page or check out this Environmental Education Grants Fact Sheet (PDF).

If you have any questions about the grant program or suggestions for outreach we can do to spread the word about the expanded funding availability, please contact us at [email protected].  

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