Welcome to Pennsylvania Environmental Council's Mini Grant Programs


PEC provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $10,000 through five programs. Each program has specific goals including topics such as land and water trails, outdoor recreation, resource protection and conservation, and related topics. PEC mini grant funding is awarded to projects that advance the goals of the programs . Eligible applicants include municipalities and nonprofit organizations. 


For detailed programmatic information and deadlines, about these opportunities see the individual applications below.

Once you select a submission opportunity you must then create a free Submittable account to get started. Your account will allow you to save/review your work before submitting. 



 



 



POWR Ohio Basin Access for Canoes and Kayaks Mini Grant Program
Instructions & Guidelines


General Information
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PAFBC), the Richard King Mellon Foundation (RCMF) and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), are excited to offer the Ohio Basin Access for Canoes and Kayaks Mini Grant Program (OBACK). This program will provide grants of up to $20,000 for design and engineering, construction, or upgrade and rehabilitation of non-motorized public access projects within the Ohio River Basin. Priority will be given to projects that improve recreational access on rivers and streams as well as those that support and advance POWR’s mission, specifically the facilitation, stewardship, and enjoyment of Pennsylvania’s waterways.


Eligibility

  • Grants are available to public entities, including townships, boroughs, municipal and county governments as well as to nonprofit groups including land trusts, conservancies and watershed associations that have or will have the capability to provide boat access facilities that are open and available for public use.
  • Eligible projects must occur on lands owned by the project applicant, or where the applicant has a long-term lease or agreement on the site.
  • Projects must remain open to the public and free of charge for 25 years (successful grantees will be required to sign a 25-year maintenance agreement).


Funding and Match
The program is funded through the PAFBC, RCMF and PA DCNR. All projects, related costs and funding must conform to the guidelines of the PAFBC, PA DCNR and POWR. All grants require a one-to-one match (match can consist of cash, in-kind, or a combination of cash and in-kind). 


Additional Requirements

  • Applicants must agree to provide for all costs for ordinary and routine maintenance of the facility for the term of the agreement.
  • Applicants must provide a sign that acknowledges that the facility was constructed or improved with funds from this program.
  • Applicants must obtain all the necessary permits and local land use approvals required for the construction and operation of the proposed facility


Questions

  • For content questions about this application, contact Janet Sweeney, PEC, jsweeney@pecpa.org
  • For technical questions regarding completion of this application, contact support@submittable.com Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. with limited availability on the weekends.
  • For additional information on POWR, visit www.pawatersheds.org


Completing the Application
It is possible to complete the application during multiple sessions. Be sure to save as you go and before you end any session. Please answer all questions and upload all necessary and supporting documentation before your final submission.


Important Dates
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awarded on a rolling basis. Please note: All applications must be submitted on or before January 31, 2023. All projects must be completed no later than September 30, 2023.


Applications will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Project integrates/reflects/ implements initiatives of existing community plans
  • Project advances one or more of POWR’s priorities as listed on application
  • Project is clearly described, complete, and well thought out
  • Project can be completed in a year or less
  • Budget is comprehensive and realistic to complete project
  • Match is secured and documented with letters of commitment of match
  • Support letters are included in application and indicate need and partnering efforts

*Note: It is possible to receive additional bonus points if you show that your project addresses a unique or extraordinary need within your community. 


 

 
Pennsylvania Water Trails Program

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the National Park Service to direct the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program. With 28 designated trails established across the Commonwealth, the program brings technical assistance and executive oversight to the diverse network.

The top partnership goals include:

  • Creating recreational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians on Water Trails
  • Developing trails that support sustainable use of natural resources
  • Increasing and improving physical and psychological access to Pennsylvania Water Trails for all
  • Connecting water trails to land trails


The program’s guiding principles are:

  • Partnership
  • Stewardship
  • Volunteerism
  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Community Vitality
  • Diversity
  • Wellness and Well-being

Details about how these principals are implemented through the Water Trails program can be found on the program website.

 
Questions:

  • For content questions about this application, contact Tali MacArthur (tmacarthur@pecpa.org) or (570) 285-8013.
  • For technical questions regarding completion of this application, contact support@submittable.com Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. with limited availability on the weekends. 

Completing the Application: It is possible to complete the application during multiple sessions. Be sure to save as you go and before you end any session. Please answer all questions, complete the budget worksheet, and upload necessary documents before your final submission.   

Important Dates:
Submissions Due:  May 27, 2022
Awards Announced: July 12, 2022

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