Burns: Grant opportunities for conservation efforts in Commonwealth

EBENSBURG, March 20 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is committed to putting state funding behind local organizations and urging them to apply for two recent grant opportunities.

“Putting state funding to work in our community is a priority for me,” Burns said. “It is important that local organizations take advantage of these opportunities, otherwise the funding will be used elsewhere in the state.”

Both grants are designed to help local governments, businesses, nonprofits and recreation and conservation organizations with projects related to parks, open spaces and trails.

The Community Conservation Partnerships Program will help successful awardees fund initiatives to carry on their conservation efforts to improve the development and management of resources.

Projects eligible for funding also include education programs and equipment purchases.

It is encouraged that applicants speak with their regional advisor prior to applying. Most programs require a minimum matching contribution from the applicant equal to 50% of the project cost.

Applications are due April 5, and applicants can apply for this grant program here.

For more information, visit the Pa. Department of Conservation & Natural Resources website.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program will help awardees fund projects that involve the renovation and development of environmental public facilities, including comfort stations, lighting, landscaping, and signage along natural or man-made trails.

Organizations eligible for funding include for-profit businesses, watershed organizations and institutions of higher education. Grant awards will not exceed $250,000 for any project, and applicants will be required to match the total project cost at 15%.

The application deadline is May 31. More information on the program can be found on the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development website.

Applications may be filled out electronically here.