DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants Available
[47 Pa.B. 318]
[Saturday, January 21, 2017]
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department) announces the 2017 open application period for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (Bureau). The open application period opens January 23, 2017, and will end at 4 p.m. on April 12, 2017. Depending on the funding source, eligible applicants include municipalities and appropriate nonprofit organizations in this Commonwealth.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the Department's Grants Portal. No paper, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. Grant information, project guidance documents, program policies, applications and instructions are available online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants. For assistance with the Department's Grants Portal, contact the Department's Grants Customer Service Center, (800) 326-7734, DCNR-Grants@pa.gov.
Grant assistance from the Department helps communities and organizations in this Commonwealth plan, acquire and develop recreation, park and trail facilities, and conserve open space. New in 2017 is the Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program from which grants will be awarded to municipal entities, educational institutions and nonprofits to establish riparian forest buffers along the Commonwealth's waterways.
The Bureau administers the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which combines several State and Federal funding sources including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Pennsylvania Recreation Trails Program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Snowmobile Restricted Account and the All-Terrain Vehicle Restricted Account.
The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014—2019 at www.paoutdoorrecplan.com identifies the Commonwealth's outdoor recreation priorities. Projects will be selected, in part, on how well they align with these priorities. The priorities include:
Community parks and recreation: Priority projects in this category include planning and development projects that focus on rehabilitation of existing parks or promote health and wellness through innovative partnerships.
Land conservation: Priority projects in this category include land conservation projects that protect critical habitat, forested watersheds, wetlands and riparian corridors, or create critical connections between public lands.
Rivers implementation: Priority projects in this category include projects that enhance public access to the Commonwealth's waterways or projects that improve the Commonwealth's watersheds including the planting of riparian forest buffers.
Trails: Priority projects in this category include projects that close priority trail gaps as well as projects that rehabilitate or upgrade existing trails.
Bureau staff are available to assist agencies with developing a competitive grant application. Staff contact information can be found on the Bureau's web site at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/aboutus/index.htm.
In addition, prerecorded webinars can be downloaded at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/brcinteractivemapping1/trainingandworkshops/recordedwebinars/index.htm.
CINDY ADAMS DUNN,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-108. Filed for public inspection January 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]
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