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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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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 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 (Act of February 14, 2012 (P.L. 87, No. 13) (58 Pa.C.S. §2315(a) and (a.1)(1)(vi)) 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:

- Municipalities
- Councils of Governments
- Authorized Organization
- Institution of Higher Education
- Watershed Organization
- For-Profit Businesses

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:

The deadline for Act 13 submissions is July 31.

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

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.

Hard copies should be mailed 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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