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.

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2022 Pennsylvania River of the Year Nominations

Pennsylvania organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2022 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

“In the past year and a half, we have seen so many people seek outdoor recreation opportunities and express a desire for spending time in the nature around them,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Flowing right through this increased interest are a multitude of activities connected to Pennsylvania’s wealth of rivers and streams. With our waterways being valued more than ever, the recognition of River of the Year carries immense value. With that said, each of the waterways nominated in this annual selection process is a winner because of the pronounced public pride that comes from those who respect, protect, and promote these critical resources.”

About the River of the Year Program The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) administers the River of the Year program with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and waterways and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983 (for a complete list of past Rivers of the Year, please see the POWR website at www.pawatersheds.org).

“Our appreciation for spending time outdoors has only deepened over the last year and a half. Being in nature provides a host of mental and physical health benefits. The River of the Year program underscores the importance of our natural resources, especially the Commonwealth’s numerous waterways, to our quality of life” said Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Director Janet Sweeney. “We are excited to once again announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2022 River of the Year program.”

The nomination period is open from October 19, 2021 through 5pm on November 15, 2021.

All navigable Pennsylvania waterways are eligible for nomination, except for the following River of the Year winners from the past five years: Shenango River, Lackawanna River, Clarion River, Loyalsock Creek and the Allegheny River

In order to be considered for PA River of the Year, the nominated waterway must be navigable and the nominating organization:

  • Must be either a 501c3, county, educational institution, or a municipality
  • Must be registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, if a nonprofit
  • Must have the capacity to host a yearlong slate of activities celebrating the River of the Year
  • Must hold at least one on-water sojourn kayak/canoe event

Once the public voting has determined the 2022 PA River of the Year, the nominating organization will receive a $10,000 leadership grant to help fund their River of the Year activities.


  • For content questions about this application, contact Angela Vitkoski (avitkoski@pecpa.org)      or (570)718-6507.
  • 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:

Application Available: October 19, 2021

Nominations Due: November 15, 2021 (no later than 5pm)

Nominated Waterways Chosen for Public Vote Announced: By the End of November 2021

Public Voting Period: End of November 2021 through Mid-January 2022

2022 PA River of the Year Announced: End of January 2022

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