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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2021 Pennsylvania River of the Year Nominations

Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2021 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

The nomination period is open through November 16, 2020 and then selected nominations will be voted on by the public beginning in mid November.

“Just like the preceding Rivers of the Year, the Lackawanna River now has it swirling around it in 2020 -- a pronounced pride in a waterway that comes to the forefront with the annual support of this selection process,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “As I have seen year after year, all nominated waterways emerge true winners when the public rallies around them.”

For more information about the River of the Year program, visit www.pariveroftheyear.org or www.pawatersheds.org.

Nominations must be made by Monday,  November 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

All Pennsylvania waterways are eligible for nomination, except for the ROY winners since 2015.

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 recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year is the Lackawanna River.

“We are excited to once again announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2021 River of the Year program. The River of the Year designation raises the awareness of the importance of the Commonwealth’s waterways”, said Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Director Janet Sweeney. “The River of the Year program engages a broader audience in the appreciation of our rivers and streams, as well as, gives all Pennsylvanians a chance to support their favorite waterway in friendly competition with others across the Commonwealth.”

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a River of the Year Sojourn. The nominating organization of the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant to help fund their River of the Year activities.

Past Rivers of the Year

2020 - Lackawanna River

2019 - Clarion River

2018 – Loyalsock Creek

2017 – Allegheny River

2016 – North Branch Susquehanna River

2015 – Conewango Creek

2014 – Schuylkill River

2013 – Monongahela River

2012 Stonycreek River

2011 Delaware River

2010 Lackawaxen River

2009 Lower and Middle Susquehanna River

2008 Youghiogheny River

2007 Lehigh River

2006 Three Rivers

2005 West Branch Susquehanna River

2004 North Branch Susquehanna River

2003 French Creek

2002 Delaware River

2001 Juniata River

2000 Kiskiminitas-Conemaugh River

1999 Schuylkill River

1998 Youghiogheny River

1997 Lehigh River

1996 Tulpehocken Creek

1996 Clarion River

1995 Upper Delaware

1995 Juniata River

1994 Allegheny River

1994 Susquehanna River

1993 Meshoppen Creek

1993 North Branch and Main Stem Susquehanna River

1992 Yellow Breeches Creek

1992 West Branch Susquehanna River

1991 North Branch Susquehanna River

1991 Pine Creek

1990 Catawissa Creek

1989 Bear Run

1988 West Branch Susquehanna River

1986 North Branch Susquehanna River

1983 & 1984 Clarion River

  • 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, 2020
Submissions Due: November 16, 2020
Rivers chosen for Public Vote Announced: The end of November, 2020

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