Burns: DCNR grants available for parks, recreation, conservation

Local entities urged to apply, contact Portage office

EBENSBURG, Jan. 31 – In furtherance of his multi-year effort to maximize local participation in grant opportunities, state Rep. Frank Burns is touting the availability of funds to help with parks, recreation and conservation projects.

Burns, D-Cambria, said the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting grant applications through April 10 for its Community Conservation Partnership Program.

“These grants can fund planning, acquisition and development of public parks; recreation areas; motorized and non-motorized trails; river conservation and access; and conservation of open spaces,” Burns said. “I urge interested municipalities and their agencies, nonprofit organizations, state heritage areas, prequalified land trusts and for-profit enterprises that might qualify to make application.”

Burns said the projects require a 50-percent local match and more information is available at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants

In a service Burns provides free of charge, any 72nd Legislative District entity seeking help with preparing a grant application can contact his Portage office at (814) 736-7339 and ask for Brittany Blackham, who serves as in-house grant writer/assistant.