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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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DEP Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants - 2022 Funding Available Now

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 deadline:  The program will collect and review all applications submitted by 4:00 PM on December 16, 2022.


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