DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants Available
[50 Pa.B. 207]
[Saturday, January 11, 2020]
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department) announces the 2020 open application period for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (Bureau). The open application period begins January 15, 2020, and will end at 4 p.m. on April 22, 2020. 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, at (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.
The Bureau administers the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which combines several State and Federal funding sources including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, Snowmobile Restricted Account, All-Terrain Vehicle Restricted Account, Pennsylvania Recreation Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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 they align to these priorities. These priorities include:
Community parks and recreation: Planning and development projects that focus on rehabilitation of existing parks.
Land conservation: Land conservation projects that protect critical habitat, forested watersheds, wetlands and riparian corridors, or create connections between public or conservation lands.
Watershed restoration/rivers implementation: Projects that enhance public access to this Commonwealth's waterways or projects that improve this Commonwealth's watersheds and waterways including the planting of riparian forest buffers.
Trails: Projects that close the priority trail gaps as well as projects that rehabilitate or upgrade existing trails.
Bureau staff are available to assist applicants with developing a competitive application. Staff contact information can be found on the Bureau's web site at http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/d_001184.pdf.
CINDY ADAMS DUNN,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-45. Filed for public inspection January 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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