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Restoration Fund Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and
Agencies to Benefit Local Watersheds

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Schuylkill River Greenways (SRG) National Heritage Area - Schuylkill River Restoration Fund

LOI Date:

02/12/21

Deadline Date:

04/16/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, watershed organizations, conservation districts, and local governments for projects that enhance the water quality in the local watershed. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects that will improve the quality and/or quantity of water in the Schuylkill River watershed. The grants focus on three major sources of pollution: stormwater run-off, agricultural pollution, and abandoned mine drainage.

Granting priorities include the following funding areas:

  • General Funding Area: For projects that improve water quality and/or quantity problems in the Schuylkill River watershed resulting from abandoned mine drainage, agricultural runoff, and stormwater issues.
  • Focus Area 1: Perkiomen Creek: At least 10% of available Exelon funds may be targeted toward implementation projects within the Perkiomen watershed. Eligible projects in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed may include stormwater management, agricultural runoff mitigation, and pathogen remediation.
  • Focus Area 2: Philadelphia Water Supply: A portion of the available funds will be used for projects that can demonstrate the protection of the Philadelphia drinking water supply. Eligible projects will address stormwater management, agriculture runoff, and pathogen remediation within the drainage of, or in areas of significant influence on the Philadelphia drinking water supply in the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill watershed in Philadelphia. 
  • Focus Area 3: Source Water Protection: Projects that address source water protection and have a direct impact on drinking water and water supply for communities within the watershed. Projects should align with the objectives outlined in the Schuylkill Action Network Strategic Plan.

Grant funds may be used for the following purposes:

  • Implementation: Includes labor, materials, signage, site preparation, permit fees, and any other direct costs.
  • Project management: Up to 10% of the grant award may be utilized for direct costs associated with project management by the applicant or subcontractor.
  • Eligible project management expenses include subcontractor/consultant fees, salary for organizational staff responsible for project implementation, travel, meeting expenses, and other direct costs.
  • If a project has remaining design issues that need to be completed prior to implementation, the review committee will consider this as an eligible expense on a case by case basis. However, the applicant must demonstrate that the project's implementation phase will still be completed during the three-year grant period. 

For information about criteria and evaluation factors, see: https://schuylkillriver.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021-SRRF-Grant-Guidelines_web.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142236

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant applicants may request between $20,000 and $100,000.
- Applicants working in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed may request between $5,000 and $100,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by December 31, 2021. A one-year extension may be requested but must be submitted in writing and approved by the Advisory Committee.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grants are available to non-profit organizations, watershed organizations, conservation districts, and county, municipal and local governments.

Grant funds may not be used for projects being undertaken exclusively to meet state, federal or local regulations and requirements.

Funding in this grant category may not be used for land acquisition.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations must submit a Letter of Intent through the Fund’s online grant portal no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 12, 2021.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Schuylkill River Greenways to discuss potential projects and determine eligibility.

2021 Timeline:
- January 11: Application materials available online
- February 12: Letters of Intent due by 4:00 p.m.
- March 11: Invitations to submit Full Application sent
- April 16: Final applications due by 4:00 p.m.

Please note the following match requirements:
- All projects require a minimum of 25% match.
- Cash and in-kind services are eligible match sources. However, projects showing high levels of cash match will be given priority in the ranking and grant award process.
- Matching funds derived from private, non-governmental sources are encouraged, but not required.

Applicants who are invited to submit a full application will also be expected to present their proposed project to the Advisory Committee. These presentations will be held in May at the offices of the Schuylkill River Greenways in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. A representative of the Schuylkill River Greenways will contact you to set up the presentation time.

Guidelines: https://grants.schuylkillriver.org/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs online: https://grants.schuylkillriver.org/letter-of-intent/

Direct questions to Tim Fenchel at tfenchel@schuylkillriver.org

The Schuylkill River Greenways
140 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: 484-945-0200

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