Welcome to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council's Mini-Grant and Award Programs

Mini-Grants - PEC provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $10,000 through five programs with specific goals that include topics such as land and water trails, outdoor recreation, resource protection and conservation, and related topics. Each program is designed to support projects that are initiated locally by municipal and nonprofit organizations. 

Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Program - PEC and Dominion Energy host this regionally acclaimed program that recognizes and honors outstanding achievements in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout Western Pennsylvania, and pays tribute to those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields. 

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. 


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Pennsylvania River Sojourn Mini-Grant Program 

Pennsylvania River Sojourns are guided paddling trips, sponsored by POWR with funding support through the PA Department of Conservation of Natural Resources and the American Canoe Association. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania’s rivers. Events must incorporate significant educational programming and be open to all participants (i.e., private trips are not eligible). Grants funds are distributed based on the number of on-water days, with up to $900 given per on-water day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for single-day sojourns.  

A nationally unique program, Pennsylvania Sojourns annually engage with over 4,000 people who participate either on the water or by attending celebration events and educational programs. Over the course of a typical sojourn season, paddlers cover over 500 rivers miles. Collectively, sojourn hosts offer more than 100 educational programs.
Please Note:

If you are successfully awarded a 2020 POWR Sojourn Mini-Grant, you will be required to, in addition to the required closeout materials; submit the following upon completion of your event(s):

  • Post event Success Story (a list of questions will be supplied with your contract documents which will assist in creating this document)
  • Your organization logo and several photos from your event(s)



  • 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: January 15, 2020
Submissions Due: March 4, 2020
Awards Announced: By end of March 2020

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