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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Conservation Districts, and Agencies for Projects to Enhance the Water Quality in Eligible Locations

Restoration Fund Grant

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


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #142236

Grant Description

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, watershed organizations, and local governments in eligible locations for projects that enhance the water quality in the local watershed. Applicants must submit a letter of intent, and must contact staff to access the portal in order to submit it, prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support the implementation of projects that will improve the quality and/or quantity of water affected by abandoned mine drainage, agricultural runoff, and stormwater issues. Funded projects must benefit the Schuylkill River watershed.

Funding priorities are for the following Implementation projects:

  • General Funding Area: For projects that improve water quality and/or quantity 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. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Watershed Restoration 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.

Please note that grant funds may not be used for land acquisition.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- January 10: Application materials available online
- February 14: Letters of Intent due by 4:00 p.m.
- March 9: Invitations to submit Full Application sent
- April 14: Final applications due by 4:00 p.m.

Organizations must submit a Letter of Intent through the Fund’s online grant portal by the stated deadline. Access to the portal can be attained by contacting Tim Fenchel. Letters of Intent must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on February 14, 2022.

Process - Projects will be evaluated in a two-step process that includes:
(1) A Letter of Intent, followed by
(2) An invitation to submit a full application if the Letter of Intent is recommended by the Advisory Committee.

All contractors working on projects funded by a grant through this program must be selected by a competitive process. Applicants who desire to use specific contractors not selected competitively, may request approval to do so from the Schuylkill River Greenways. The Schuylkill River Greenways reserves the right to review and approve all selected contractors.

All projects require a minimum of 25% match.

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. A representative of the Schuylkill River Greenways will contact you to set up the presentation time.

Additional Funding Information:

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.
- Since the programs inception in 2006, the average grant award is approximately $40,000.

Additional Geographic Information:

Schuylkill River watershed

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by December 31, 2024. A one-year extension may be requested but must be submitted in writing and approved by the Advisory Committee.

Contact Information:

Access to the portal can be attained by contacting Tim Fenchel at tfenchel@schuylkillriver.org.

Any questions about the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund or the grant submission process should be directed to Schuylkill River Greenways Deputy Director Tim Fenchel at the above email .

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

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