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SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

UNITED STATES
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OFFICE OF GRANTS AND DEBARMENT

Mail code: 3901
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-5325
www.epa.gov/epahome/grants.htm

The Environmental Protection agency offers many different types of grants related to environmental quality and protection, including financial and technical assistance.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RIVERS, TRAILS AND CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

200 Chestnut Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax (215) 597-0932
www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/index.html

The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) provides technical assistance to federal, state and local governments and community groups, working as project partners, “so they can conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways.” Rivers and Trails technical staff offers assistance with recreation and conservation projects in the following areas: building partnerships to achieve community-set goals, assessing resources, developing concept plans, engaging public participation, identifying potential sources of funding, creating public outreach, organizational development, and providing conservation and recreation information. Assistance is for one year and may be renewed.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND
ADMINISTERED THROUGH DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES

(717) 787-2659
Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8767
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8767
www.dcnr.state.pa.us

LWCF are used by federal agencies to acquire additions to National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges. However, LWCF Grants can be used by communities to fund the acquisition and building of park and recreational facilities, including trails and greenways. The funds come from the National Park Service and are distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and require a 50% match from a local sponsor.

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS)

14th and Independence Ave. SW
Room 6019-5
Washington, DC 20013-9770

Local contact:
Perkasie Service Center
Hilltown Exec Campus
1000 E Walnut St
Bldg 700
Perkasie, PA 18944
www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/watershed/

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention (Small Watersheds) Grants provide funding to state and local governments and non-profit agencies to carry out, maintain and operate watershed improvements involving less than 250,000 acres. Financial and technical assistance is available to improve watershed protection, flood prevention, sedimentation control, public water-based fish and wildlife enhancements, and recreation planning. A 50% local match is required for projects focused on fish and wildlife or recreation.

STATE PROGRAMS

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)
400 North Street
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
1-(886) 466-3972
www.inventpa.com

The one-stop shop for all Pennsylvania Local Governments, the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services provides a full range of technical and financial assistance to local governments. The Center’s mission is to serve as the principal advocate for local governments, provide vital programs and services to local officials and municipal employees, including training, and cut through red tape to solve problems at the local level. The Department of Community and Economic Development offers grants through many different programs including: Elm Street Program granting funds for planning, technical assistance and physical improvements to residential and mixed use areas in proximity to central business districts; Floodplain Land Use Assistance Program providing grants and technical assistance to encourage the proper use of land and the management of floodplains; Local Municipal Resources and Development Program (LMRDP) providing grants to municipalities for improving quality of life within the community; Urban Development Program providing grants for urban development and improvement projects; and the New Communities Program providing grants to support Enterprise Zone and Main street programs.

PENNSYLVANIA
HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION (PHMC) BUREAU
FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093
www.phmc.state.pa.us
Historic Preservation
Grant Administrator Scott Doyle
(717) 783-6012
midoyle@state.pa.us

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission offers several types of grants to aid the preservation of historic resources. One such grant is the Historic Preservation Project Grant. These grants are available to support projects in the categories of Cultural Resource Surveys, National Register nominations, planning and development assistance, educational and interpretive programs, and archaeology. The grants are administered on a competitive basis and are available in two different amounts: no match required to $5,000 and matching to $15,000. The maximum award is $15,000 and the awards are made annually based on a peer review process.

PENNSYLVANIA
HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION (PHMC) BUREAU FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Commonwealth Keystone Building, 2nd Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093
(717) 783-8946
www.phmc.state.pa.us/bhp
Administrator Scott Doyle
(717) 783-6012
midoyle@state.pa.us

The Pennsylvania Historical Commission offers Keystone Historic Preservation Grants. Funding under this program is available to nonprofit organizations and local governments for capital improvements on historic resources listed in or eligible or listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Funding is available in the categories of Preservation, Restoration, and Rehabilitation. Grant is competitive and maximum award is $100,000.

PENNSYLVANIA
HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION (PHMC) BUREAU
FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093
www.phmc.state.pa.us
CLG Grant Administrator
Michel R. Lefevre
(717) 787-0771
mlefevre@state.pa.us

Another type of grant is the Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant. These grants are competitive and require matching funds with a maximum award of $25,000. They are available for the following types of projects: Cultural Resource Surveys, National Register nominations, technical and planning assistance, educational and interpretive programs, staffing and training, and pooling CLG Grants and Third Party administration.

PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (PENNDOT)
TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS PROGRAM

Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-2838
www.dot.state.pa.us

Local contact: Greg Brown
7000 Geerdes Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 205-6950
gregbrown@state.pa.us

The Transportation Enhancement Program is a cost reimbursement program, not a grant program. Applicants that are successful in obtaining funding must comply with both state and federal regulations that apply to projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration. Projects must fall into one or more of the twelve categories established in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. These categories include: provision of facilities for bicycles and/or pedestrians, provision of safety and educational activities for bicyclists and pedestrians, acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites, scenic or historic highway programs, landscaping and other scenic beautification, historic preservation, rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings structures or facilities including historic railroad facilities and canals, preservation of abandoned railway corridors including the conversion and use thereof for Pedestrian and bicycle trails, control and removal of outdoor advertising, archaeological planning and research, environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity, and the establishment of transportation museums. Within these categories, projects must have a relationship to the surface transportation system. Proposals must be for a complete, identifiable, and usable facility or activity. Funds are not available for partial projects that cannot function as a complete and useful activity. Funding is available for design, acquisition, utility relocation, or construction of projects.

PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (PENNDOT)

Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-2838
www.dot.state.pa.us

Local contact: Greg Brown
7000 Geerdes Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 205-6950
gregbrown@state.pa.us

PennDOT also sponsors the Safe Routes to School and Home Town Streets programs which are reimbursement programs, which encourage the development of safe walking routes for children and promote healthy living. Safe Routes to School provides funding for such projects that enhance the transportation system making it more usable for bicyclists and pedestrians. Such projects include: sidewalk improvements, pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements, bike lanes, traffic diversion improvements, and off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities. This program may also fund traffic-calming projects such as curb extensions; speed humps, raised median islands and textured crosswalks. Funds cannot be used for facilities that are purely recreational. Home Town Streets funds projects implemented in a defined downtown area which enhance the downtown streetscape environment and are vital to the reestablishment of the downtown as a commercial center. Projects may include sidewalk improvements, planters, benches, street lighting, pedestrian crossings, bus shelters, traffic calming, bicycle amenities, kiosks, community “gateway” plantings, and signage.

PENNSYLVANIA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AUTHORITY (PENNVEST)

22 S Third St
4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
or Room
308 Main Capitol,
Harrisburg, PA 17120
www.pennvest.state.pa.us
Executive Director
Paul K. Marchetti
(717) 783-4496
pmarchetti@state.pa.us

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) is a low interest revolving loan program administered by the State to assist the municipality with installation of new, or the repair and replacement of existing water, sewer, and stormwater management infrastructure. In order to be eligible for PENNVEST, the municipality will be required to show evidence of need in the form of water or sewer studies and adopted stormwater management regulations and/or that the municipality is implementing its respective Act 167 plans.

DEPARTMENT OF
CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DCNR)

Regional Supervisors
Don Gephart and Fran Rubert
Bureau of Recreation and Conservation
Southeast Regional Field Office
908 State Office Bldg
1400 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 560-1182 or (215) 560-1183
www.dcnr.state.pa.us
dgephart@state.pa.us or frubert@state.pa.us

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established a number of open space and recreation grants that are administered by the DCNR. In 2000, DCNR collectively organized the grants into the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, formerly known as “Keystone Grants”. The majority of DCNR grants will provide funds for planning and technical assistance, acquisition, and development of greenways, open spaces, community parks, rail trails, river corridors, natural areas, indoor and outdoor recreation and environmental education. All grant applicants are required to contact the local DCNR Recreation and Park Advisor before submitting an application to determine what state grant best suits the character and funding needs of the project. Some of the grants include; the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Grant Program (PRTP) providing funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use; Community Grants to provide funding for the creation of Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plans, Conservation/Sound Land Use studies or Greenways project development; Rivers Grants including funding to create Rivers Conservation Plans, Rivers Implementation Projects; Rails to Trails Grants providing funds for Rail-Trail Feasibility Studies, Rail-Trail Master Plans or Rail-Trail Special Purpose Studies; the Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation Program providing technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of plans to conserve and enhance river resources.

PENNSYLVANIA URBAN FORESTRY COORDINATOR DCNR - FORESTRY ADVISORY SERVICES

PO Box 8552
Harrisburg, Pa 17105-8552
Southeast PA Urban Forester
Norm Lacasse
(717) 783-0385

Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council Grants can be awarded to organizations or partnerships including municipalities, government authorities, schools, youth volunteer groups, church groups and local businesses for projects in community public spaces, and rights-of-way (i.e. parks, greenbelts, and schools), and street tree projects. Grants can provide from $500-$5,000 for a project.

PENNSYLVANIA
INFRASTRUCTURE BANK CENTER FOR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT

PO Box 3365
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3365
(717) 772-1772
PIB Manager James A. Smedley
smedley@dot.state.pa.us

Providing low interest loans, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank funds transportation projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality. Eligible projects include transit improvements, shared-ride services, traffic flow improvements, demand management strategies, pedestrian and bicycle facilities and programs, inspection and maintenance programs, and alternative fuel projects.

PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (PA DEP)

Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main St
Norristown, PA 19401
www.dep.state.pa.us
Regional Director
Joseph A. Feola
(484) 250-5942

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state agency largely responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s environmental laws and regulations. The agency is also responsible for the administration of a number of grant funding programs, including the Growing Greener program, that support DEP’s environmental programs and policies. Such programs include: Coastal Zone Management Program Grants for municipalities with direct impacts on Lake Erie or the Delaware River Estuary; Non-point Source Pollution Control Projects Funding for projects that reduce or control non-point source pollution in impaired waters; Watershed Restoration and Assistance Program (WRAP) Grants providing assistance in the development and implementation of watershed remediation plans; Wetlands Replacement Program for the restoration of wetlands; Pennsylvania Environmental & Energy Challenge Grant funding innovative technology emphasizing renewable energy; Watershed Restoration and Protection Grants to develop and implement drinking water protection programs; and Stormwater management assistance, reimbursing municipalities for the costs associated with the preparation, administration, enforcement and implementation of ordinances and regulations as required by the Stormwater Management Act.

PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY PENNSYLVANIA CONSERVATION CORPS

1304 Labor and Industry Building
Harrisburg, Pa 17120
(717) 783-6385
or 1-888-577-4722
pcc@state.pa.us
www.dli.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Conservation Corps (PCC) Project Grant Program provides grants to implement projects related to recreation, conservation and historic preservation. Recipients get the services of a PCC crew (all wages paid) for a full year.

PENNSYLVANIA
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (PEMA)

Eastern Area Office
Hamburg Center
Hamburg, PA 19526
(610) 562-3003 or 1-800-372-7362
ra-easternregion@state.pa.us
PEMA Eastern Are Director
Anthony J. Camillocci

In an effort to break the repetitive flood damage cycle of damage-rebuild-damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has established a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to pay for projects such as the acquisition and removal of structures in flood prone areas and the construction of hazard controls. In such cases when a structure can be acquired and removed from a flood plain area, the local government then holds a deed restriction preserving the land as open space. Funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster has occurred.

REGIONAL PROGRAMS

SCHUYLKILL RIVER GREENWAY ASSOCIATION (SRGA)

140 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464
(484) 945-0200
www.schuylkillriver.org
Heritage Coordinator
Cory Kegerise

The SRGA, which manages the Schuylkill River State and National Heritage Area, offers grants to counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to develop projects and programs that address the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s five core goals: resource conservation (natural and cultural), education and interpretation, recreation, community revitalization, and heritage tourism. Projects should be consistent with criteria established in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, “Living with the River”, 2003. These goals include: resource conservation and enhancement, education and interpretation, recreation, community revitalization, and heritage tourism.

DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (DVRPC)

The ACP Building
190 Independence Mall West
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520
(215) 592-1800
www.dvrpc.org

The DVRPC’s Transportation and Community Development Initiative program is intended to assist in reversing the trends of disinvestment and decline in many of the region’s core cities, and first generation suburbs by: supporting local planning projects that will lead to more residential, employment or retail opportunities; improving the overall character and quality of life within these communities to retain and attract business and residents, which will help to reduce the pressure for further sprawl and expansion into the growing suburbs; enhancing and utilizing the existing transportation and infrastructure capacity in these areas to reduce the demands on the region’s transportation network; and reducing congestion and improving the transportation system’s efficiency. TCDI grants are intended for early stage planning, feasibility analyses, market studies, economic analyses, site design, and preliminary project design, as these activities are often difficult to fund through other sources.

DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (DVRPC)

The ACP Building
190 Independence Mall West
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520
(215) 592-1800
www.dvrpc.org

The DVRPC has also implemented the Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. CMAQ funds have been allocated to the Philadelphia metropolitan area for projects that contribute to the attainment of the Clean Air Act standards by reducing emissions from highway sources. Under the Competitive CMAQ Program, candidate projects will be submitted to DVRPC and reviewed by an oversight committee for initial eligibility and general merits. (The CMAQ Subcommittee consists of representatives from DVRPC’s member governments and agencies as well as representatives of interests such as business and freight, transit, the environment, alternative mode, and the general public.) Projects that withstand this screening process will then be subjected to an air quality emissions analysis. According to federal eligibility guidelines, individual projects must result in a reduction in emissions using standardized tests to remain eligible. Bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY GREEN FIELDS/GREEN TOWNS PROGRAM

Santina DeSipio
(610) 278-3757
desipio@mail.montcopa.org

The Montgomery County Green Fields/Green Towns Program provides up to 80% of required funding for the acquisition and implementation of open space projects. In addition to land preservation, municipalities may use funds for preservation of heritage resources. Other options permit the restoration of built up floodplains, community trails that connect to the County’s trail network and local implementation of the Schuylkill River Greenway. Older, more heavily developed areas of the County could also qualify for Green Infrastructure grants. Municipalities could use the funds to create safe, accessible, usable open space through the demolition, rehabilitation, restoration of derelict properties, or tree planting for regreening public areas and some limited improvement to existing open spaces. Implementation projects are subject to approval by the Open Space Board and the County Commissioners and determined on a case-by-case basis. Grants for the acquisition of historic structures cannot exceed $10,000 and must be used for properties that have significant historic value and must be adapted for public use. Multi-municipality grants are encouraged.

PRIVATE PROGRAMS

BIKES BELONG COALITION

1245 Pearl Street
Ste 212
Boulder, CO 80302-5253
(303) 449-4893
Grants Program Manager
Elizabeth Train
elizabeth@bikesbelong.org
www.bikesbelong.org/site/index.cfm

Bikes Belong provides grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies at the national, regional, and local level for facility, capacity, and education projects. Priority is given to organizations that are directly involved in building coalitions for bicycling by collaborating the efforts of bicycle industry and advocacy groups. Requests are reviewed quarterly and the remaining deadlines in 2005 are August 29, and November 28.

PENNSYLVANIA LAND TRUST ASSOCIATION

105 Locust Street
Ste 300
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 230-8560
www.conserveland.org
Executive Director Andrew M. Loza

Conservation Easement Assistance Program helps cover the transaction costs of completing donations and bargain sales of conservation easements. The program provides grants to qualified non-profit organizations of up to $5,000 per easement transaction. Grants are made on a reimbursement basis. Easements conveyed in response to municipal subdivision and land development requirements or as part of negotiations with government with regard to development approvals are ineligible for funding.

THE WILLIAM PENN FOUNDATION

Two Logan Square
11th Floor
100 N 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-1830
www.williampennfoundation.org
Environment & Communities
Director Geraldine Wang

The William Penn Foundation provides grants to municipalities to preserve natural areas within the Foundation’s geographic area, which includes Lower Merion Township. It is a goal of the William Penn Foundation to promote vital communities within a healthy regional ecosystem. Grants may be used for a variety of projects including planning, construction and education.

WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION NETWORK
ADMINISTERED BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF PA

226 Forster St,
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 234-1576
www.pa.lwv.org/wren/grants.html

Administered through the League of Women Voters, the Water Resources Education Network offers grants for water resources education projects, especially projects that raise awareness about protecting drinking water sources and preventing non-point pollution, as well as “opportunity grants” which can be requested for small last minute projects.

PECO ENERGY
“GREEN REGION” ADMINISTERED BY NATURAL LANDS TRUST

1031 Palmers Mill Rd
Media, PA 19063
(610) 353-5587
Administrator Elizabeth Robb
brobb@natlands.org
www.natlands.org

PECO Energy’s “Green Region” program provides funding for municipalities involved in the deliberate planning of open space protection. They offer up to 50% of the planning expenses associated with developing or updating open space protection plans, and up to 75% of the expenses for the acquisition and/or improvement of open space lands. Grants are between $5,000 and $10,000.

AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION

7432 Alban Station Blvd
Ste B-232
Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 451-0141
www.acanet.org

Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program Since 2002 the American Canoe Association and L.L.Bean have partnered to provide grants to local paddling clubs that use volunteers in efforts to protect, maintain or restore recreational waterways. Eligible projects include cleaning up waterways, clearing in-stream safety hazards, maintaining access areas, erecting signs and controlling erosion, establishing and maintaining paddle trails, acquiring threatened access points, and providing sanitary facilities. Grants range from $100-$1,000.

TreeVitalize Project Director Patrice Carroll c/o Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 100 North 20th Street, 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215)-988-8874 pcarroll@pennhort.org TreeVitalize is a new program that works in partnership with such organizations and agencies as DCNR, PA DEP, the William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, among others. The program does not provide cash awards or grants. However, they can provide up to 150 trees and technical assistance in tree-care training and education. Communities eligible for tree grants be in a census tract no larger than one square mile, have a population density minimum of 4.5 people per acre, have a household median income near or below the regional average of $62,019, and have less than 25% tree cover.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

440 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-6226
www.naco.org
Community Services Associate
Jason Shedlock
(202) 942-4252
jshedloc@naco.org

The National Association of Counties Five Star Restoration Challenge Program provides financial assistance to support community-based wetland, riparian and coastal habitat restoration projects that build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training. Project sites can be public or private land. Grants average $10,000.

KODAK AMERICAN GREENWAYS GRANTS PROGRAM

American Greenways
Program Coordinator The Conservation Fund
greenways@conservationfund.org
(703) 525-6300

The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America. Grants can be used for all appropriate expenses needed to complete a greenway project including planning, technical assistance, legal and other costs. While non-profit and community organizations receive preference, public agencies may apply. The maximum grant is $2,500.

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE COUNCIL

Philadelphia: Wissahickon Valley / West Park Area Director: Jackie Simon
7258 Valley Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 482-8130
Jackie_4h@hotmail.com

The Pennsylvania Equine Council offers training workshops in the stewardship of equestrian trails, including their “Leave No Trace” program encouraging rider’s personal maintenance of the trails upon which they ride.


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