FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Neal Goodman
Grant program to develop recreation, park and trail facilities now open
HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 -- State Rep. Neal P. Goodman, D-Schuylkill, announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will accept grant applications for its Community Conservation Partnerships Program until 4 p.m. April 4.
The program awards grants to municipalities and authorized nonprofit organizations to plan, acquire and develop recreation, park, and trail facilities, and conserve open space.
"I encourage any municipality or nonprofit considering one of these projects to look into this program," Goodman said. "With budgets tight, this program could provide needed funding to advance a project that will improve the quality of life for local residents."
Applications and instructions are available on DCNR’s website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
Goodman said DCNR has scheduled a free workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 8 at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke to help applicants prepare grant applications. Registration for this workshop must be done online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar/list.asp.
The following types of projects will be given priority, according to DCNR:
· Rehabilitation of existing park and recreation facilities;
· Closing of gaps in major statewide greenways and regionally significant trails;
· Implementing the Rivers Conservation Plans, including enhancing water trails and public river access;
· Helping park and recreation areas become greener;
· Conserving land for critical habitat;
· Establishing new community parks; and
· Projects identified by regional partnerships.