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Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP)

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Businesses for Preservation Projects

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Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Deadline Date:

05/31/21 Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, businesses, and watershed organizations for preservation projects. Funding is intended to support efforts to protect and restore watersheds. Grant funds may be used for projects which involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for watershed restoration and protection projects.

Nutrient and sediment loadings coming from multiple nonpoint sources of land disturbance including agricultural and stormwater runoff are leading causes of watershed degradation in Pennsylvania. Uncontrolled and untreated runoff coming from these sources causes water quality impairments to over 8,100 stream miles within the Commonwealth. Hydromodification of stream channels due to uncontrolled runoff also impairs a significant number of stream miles across the commonwealth.

The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Impaired Waters list. This may be accomplished by the implementation of watershed based Best Management Practices (BMPs) for agriculture, stormwater, stream bank and channel restoration, as well as for BMP repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing practices. 

For Eligible Projects and Eligible Uses of Funds, see https://dced.pa.gov/download/watershed-restoration-protection-program-wrpp-guidelines/?wpdmdl=81395#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142708

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is a maximum of $300,000 for any project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any of the following entities may apply for a grant under the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP):

1. Municipality – Any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality.

2. Councils of Governments – An entity organized by units of local government under an intergovernmental agreement, which provides cooperative planning, coordination and technical assistance to its member governments on issues of mutual concern that cross jurisdictional lines, and which does not act under the direction and control of any single member government.

3. Authorized Organization – An entity involved in research, restoration, rehabilitation, planning, acquisition, development, education or other activities, which furthers the protection, enhancement, conservation, preservation or enjoyment of this commonwealth's environmental, conservation, recreation or similar resources. The organization must be a tax-exempt institution under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c) (3)) and registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations or an educational institution involved in these authorized activities or a municipal authority.

4. Institution of Higher Education – An entity that is an accredited university, college, seminary college, community college or two-year college.

5. Watershed Organization – An entity recognized by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the PA Department of Environmental Protection that was established to promote local watershed conservation efforts in an identified watershed.

6. For Profit Businesses – other than “producers” of natural gas as defined in Act 13

Ineligible costs include but are not limited to public relations, outreach, communications, lobbying, litigation, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, application preparation fees and other costs incurred prior to the approval of grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted between February 1st and May 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by May 31st.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for Watershed Restoration and Protection Program applications.

A 15% cash match of the total project cost or cash equivalents for the appraised value of the real estate is required. Eligible match contributions will be permitted for up to one year prior to the grant submittal deadline date through the life of the grant agreement as long as the eligible match expenditures are directly related to the project.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx

For technical inquiries regarding the submission of the online application, contact the Customer Service Center at (800) 379-7448 or (717) 787-3405.

Once submitted online, please print one (1) copy of the application, including the required supplemental information, and mail to:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Financing – CFA Programs Division
Watershed Restoration and Protection Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

P: (717) 787-6245
F: (717) 772-3581
ra-dcedsitedvpt@pa.gov

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