DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants Available; Grant Workshops Scheduled
[42 Pa.B. 206]
[Saturday, January 14, 2012]
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department) announces the 2012 open application period for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) Grants administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (Bureau). The primary open application period officially began on January 11, 2012, and will end at 4 p.m. on April 4, 2012. Depending on the funding source, eligible applicants include Commonwealth municipalities and appropriate nonprofit organizations.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the Environmental eGrants System available at https://www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx. No paper, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. All grant information, project guidance documents, program policies and application instructions are available online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/index.aspx. For assistance with the Environmental eGrants System, call the Department's Grants Customer Service Center at (800) 326-7734 or e-mail DCNR-Grants@state.pa.us.
Grant assistance from the Department helps communities in this Commonwealth and organizations plan, acquire and develop recreation, park and trail facilities and conserve open space. The Bureau administers the C2P2 Program which combines several State and Federal funding sources into one grant program.
In 2012, the Department Grant Program will focus on making grant awards that enhance this Commonwealth's recreation and conservation infrastructure. Specific priorities for grant proposals include: the rehabilitation of existing park and recreation facilities, particularly through the incorporation of green principles; trail projects that close gaps in major Statewide greenways and regionally significant trails; implementation of Rivers Conservation Plans including enhancing water trails and improving public river access; planning to help park and recreation facilities become greener; land conservation for critical habitat, key connectors, expansion of existing park and recreation areas and the establishment of new community parks; and projects identified by regional partnerships including Conservation Landscape Initiatives, Heritage Areas and Statewide significant greenways. For more information on many of these priorities visit www.paoutdoorrecPlan.com.
During February and March, free grants workshops are scheduled at the following locations throughout this Commonwealth, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., focusing on the Department's greening emphasis, how to develop a competitive and ready to go project and changes to the 2012 C2P2 Grants Program:
February 21, 2012—Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Building, Enola
February 22, 2012—Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, Conshohocken
February 28, 2012—Franklin Park Borough, Blueberry Hill Park Activity Center, Franklin Park
February 29, 2012—Clarion University, James Gemmell Student Complex, Clarion
March 1, 2012—Bucks County Conference and Visitor Bureau, Bensalem
March 6, 2012—Department of Environmental Protection, Moshannon District Mining Office, Philipsburg
March 8, 2012—Luzerne County Community College, Education Conference Center, Nanticoke
To register for these workshops, go to http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/calendar/list.asp?intDivisionID=24. In the event of inclement weather, contact the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) at (814) 234-4272, and/or check the workshop status on the Department's Calendar at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/calendar/list.asp?intDivisionID=24 or the PRPS web site at www.prps.org. If a workshop is cancelled due to inclement weather, a webinar on the C2P2 Grants Program will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012.
Persons with a disability who wish to submit an application and require assistance should contact Darrel Siesholtz at (717) 787-7672 to discuss how the Department may best accommodate their needs. Voice/TTY users should call (800) 654-5984.
RICHARD J. ALLAN,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-46. Filed for public inspection January 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]
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